Microwave Sensing of Sand Production from Petroleum Wells
Sand production in petroleum wells is a major concern for the petroleum industry. Sand production results in erosion of pipelines and damage to equipment which may lead to production shutdown and large economic losses. Detection of produced sand is important for optimizing flow rates and measuring the success of sand mitigation techniques. Recently, microwave nondestructive testing was considered as a potential new sensing solution for the detection of sand production. This paper presents preliminary simulations and measurements for such a sensing approach using open-ended waveguides. Different production scenarios are considered for a stratified flow regime. The results indicate that this sensing method can detect the presence of sand. Preliminary measurements are also presented for varying amounts of sand that further support the potential of this technique.
J. N. Vutukury et al., "Microwave Sensing of Sand Production from Petroleum Wells," Proceedings of the IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (2015, Pisa, Italy), vol. 2015-July, pp. 1210-1214, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), May 2015.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/I2MTC.2015.7151445
IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (2015: May 11-14, Pisa, Italy)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Material Characterization; Microwave Nondestructive Testing; Microwave Sensing; Oil And Gas; Open-Ended Waveguide; Petroleum; Sand Production; Crude Oil; Flow Rate; Losses; Nondestructive Examination; Oil Wells; Waveguides; Sand Production
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