Dynamic kill is a process to kill a blowout by pumping kill fluid through a relief well into the blowout well to suppress the flow. The model herein describes an advanced finite volume method to accurately calculate the process of dynamically killing a wellbore, with associated effects, such as necessary pump pressure.
The first input is the complete geometry of the flowing well and relief well. The geometry includes well trajectory, drill string, casing details, open hole dimensions, and depth of the intersection between the relief well and flowing well, technically speaking, inclinations, depths, inner and outer diameters of each section in wellbores.
In the flowing well, the fluid properties of crude oil and/or natural gas are required both at the standard conditions and in the reservoir. Users can choose the blowout rates for each scenario.
The kill mud has the potential to dynamically kill the blowout successfully by restoring the bottom hole pressure above the reservoir pressure, and thus, formation properties are also considered as inputs. The last required inputs are fluid properties and flow rate of kill fluid
The drift-flux model is widely used to predict two and three-phase flow in pipes and wellbores. The drift-flux model can handle co-current and counter current flow, and it allows the heavy and light phases to move in opposite directions when the mixture velocity is small. The drift-flux model relies on the slip relation, which requires empirical parameters.
The conservation equation of drift-flux model contains mass conservation equations for each phase, and a mixture momentum equation for gas and liquid ,
In the equation of state (EOS), the density is a function of temperature and pressure in the thermal flow. In the isothermal flow, the EOS is expressed as a linear function of pressure for each phase,
where is the speed of sound.
In multiphase flow, the volume conservation should be required,
which ensures the accuracy of the numerical solutions.
The pressure equation can be derived from the volume balance combined with EOS, or we can introduce the mass conservation equations additionally to obtain a more conservative balance equation for pressure.
The slip between the fluid phases is described by two basic parameters, the profile parameter and drift velocity , where is the difference of velocity between phases. And those parameters vary with different flow regimes.
The average mixture velocity is the sum of superficial velocities and ,
The Shi slip relation is employed in the present work, and a more continuous correlation is considered in the calculation to strengthen the robustness of the present model.
A flux splitting method, called advection upstream splitting method (AUSMV) is implemented to solve the compressible Euler equations, and it has been well-developed in recent years.
The (AUSMV) scheme is developed based on the upwind concept as a flux function for solving a system of conservation equations, and it has been verified for its capability to solve a wide range of problems, including multiphase flow. The flux using (AUSMV) method is written as .
Rewrite the conservation equations 1 to 4 in the Euler form,
The wellbore of the flowing well is divided into grid cells, where index represents the cell center and locates at the cell interface. The conservative variable at time step is,
The inlet and outlet boundaries are presented in this section. The pressure fluxes at inlet use extrapolation method, and the flow rates of gas and liquid at the inlet are given as initial values. For most of the scenarios, an open end at the outlet is considered, and thus, a prescribed pressure should be used. Otherwise, the pressure at the outlet can employ the extrapolation method if it is a closed-end situation.
Kill mud is typically pumped into the relief well annulus through kill/choke lines. The friction loss in the relief well plays an important role to calculate pump pressures during the dynamic kill operation. A practical hydraulic model, called the Herschel-Bulkley model is considered in for this,
which is a relation between shear rate and shear stress . The Herschel-Bulkley model is a rheological mathematical model for the flow of non-Newtonian fluids which can be developed for general use. The wall shear stress for a given flow rate can be obtained using the above model. And Reynolds number for Herschel-Bulkley fluids is,
The transition interval is estimated using proposed correlations. If the flow type is laminar flow, ,
If it is turbulent flow, ,
For transitional flow,
The pressure drop in the relief well is given as,
A model from Founargiotakis et al. (2008) is used as an accurate methodology to predict the friction factors for laminar, transitional, and turbulent flow as well as the transition points from laminar to turbulent flow for the flow of Herschel-Bulkley fluids in a concentric annulus. Additionally, we introduce the effect of eccentricity and diameter ratio to meet actual conditions according to Erge et al. (2014)'s work.
The dynamic kill simulation is combining a multiphase flow model and a hydraulic model to estimate the kill duration, mud consumption, pump pressure, pump power, and other fluid quantities if it is necessary. represents , , or .
- The mass is solved for each phase.
- Solve the momentum equation for mass flux .
- Use pressure equation to calculate .
- The density is yielded using EOS, and the volume fraction with known density.
- The velocity is obtained using the slip relation.
- If the kill mud is injected, the pump pressure is calculated by considering pressure drop in the blowout well and relief well.
- Advance to the next time step.
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