Asphaltene deposition measurement and modeling for flow assurance of subsea tubings and pipelines

Kamran Akbarzadeh, Dmitry Eskin, John Ratulowski, Shawn Taylor

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High-pressure deposition cell is used to measure asphaltene deposition from asphaltenic crudes under realistic field conditions of pressure, temperature, composition, and shear. The laboratory-scale data is then used to fine-tune and validate a recently developed asphaltene deposition model for the high-pressure deposition cell. Sensitivity analyses are performed to indicate the impacts of changes in model parameters on the deposit predictions. Through this exercise, the number of model parameters is reduced from six to two. The model predictions are verified with the deposition experimental data that were not used for tuning. The identified parameters then become inputs to the asphaltene pipe deposition model for predictions of deposit thickness along the tubings and pipelines in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - OTC Brasil 2011
PublisherOffshore Technology Conference
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781618392770
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventOffshore Technology Conference, OTC Brasil 2011 - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 Oct 20116 Oct 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Offshore Technology Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-3663


ConferenceOffshore Technology Conference, OTC Brasil 2011
CityRio De Janeiro


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