A new Joint Research Project (JRP), which was opened to participants at the end of October, aims to inspire international collaboration between universities and industry to significantly improve the way in which the performance of flow meters is modelled.
“This is a very exciting project and we already have many interested parties, including a university in China,” says Senior Consultant, Dr Bruno Pinguet, who is leading the development of the project. “I am expecting that participants will come from universities around the world and from top players in the oil and gas sector.”
The issue that will be researched in the JRP will be the multiphase flow pattern maps that are used widely in the oil and gas industry to model the performance of multiphase flow meters. These “maps” are based on data developed several decades ago at conditions far removed from those currently experienced in the industry (where extreme operating temperatures and pressures have become more common) and their validity is open to question.
“To address this fundamental issue, the JRP team will develop new flow pattern maps at real world conditions,” explains Bruno. “The project will offer improved confidence in the output of multiphase flow modelling techniques. This is vital as flow modelling techniques are used to develop new technology, support operational maintenance and assess overall production. The idea for the research came from industry – we are going to be doing something that companies need and have been asking us for.”
The project will review and report on existing experimental work on flow patterns for all industries and applications. It will also Investigate and report on industry needs in terms of pipe diameters and operating conditions. Physical testing will take place using NEL’s new Advanced Multiphase Facility (AMF) and its state of the art X-ray tomography imaging system.
“The AMF has the capabilities to allow the JRP research to take place,” says Bruno. “In particular, the X-ray system gives us world-leading imaging capabilities. Compared to systems in the past it is like the latest Play Station compared to the first PONG video game.”
NEL is now inviting partners to participate in the JRP. For more details, contact Bruno Pinguet.
11 December 2018