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Thermal-Hydraulic Analysis of Heavy Oil Transportation in Heated Sandwich Pipelines

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Jian Su, Segen F. Estefen

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Paper No. OMAE2005-67109, pp. 457-461; 5 pages
  • ASME 2005 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering: Volume 3
  • Halkidiki, Greece, June 12–17, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4197-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3759-9
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Heavy oil production in deepwater is a major challenge to pipeline technology due to high viscosity and associated high pressure drop. In this paper, we propose to apply active electrical heating in multilayered composite pipelines for heavy oil production in deepwater. A thermal-hydraulic analysis is carried out to evaluate the pressure drop reduction and power input requirement. We concluded by comparative numerical studies that the heated sandwich pipeline provides a significant pressure drop reduction and thus a boost of mass flow rate of the oil production for a given available pressure drop between the wellhead and the separator.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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