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Field-Scale Evaluation of Leak Detection for Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flow in Deepwater Production Systems

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John M. Griffin

Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA

John Rogers Smith

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Paper No. FEDSM2005-77372, pp. 907-912; 6 pages
  • ASME 2005 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting
  • Volume 1: Symposia, Parts A and B
  • Houston, Texas, USA, June 19–23, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4198-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3760-2
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


This paper focuses on validating a theoretical method for the detection of leaks in deep water, multi-phase pipelines. [1] Six field-scale, two-phase flow tests were conducted to compare small leaks with a no-leak condition. These tests qualitatively demonstrate the feasibility of Scott’s concept. Knowing the characteristic pressure loss versus throughput in a line without a leak provides a basis for determining the presence of a leak by measuring pressure loss and flowrate out of the line. If the pressure loss is higher than expected for that flowrate, a leak is a likely possible cause. In these full-scale tests, a leak was readily detectable once the leak rate exceeded 16 percent for the case where the average rate exiting the line was 547 MCFPD. These tests were performed on a 3.64 inch (9.25 cm) internal diameter 9,640 foot (2,938 m) long flow loop with the leak occurring at the midpoint.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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