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    Super Heavy Crude Oil Refinery Project Feasibility Study

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Mansouri, Gholam Reza (Author) ; Safaeih, Mohammad Reza (Supervisor)
    The market demand of super heavy crude oil is very low due to its determinative both physical and chemical properties. Unfortunately existing refineries in Iran are not capable to refine this kind of crude oil. Marketing issues besides great price difference with other crude oil types leads us to find economical solution for optimal use of this national possession. About 70 percent of super heavy crude oil produced from Soroush and Norouz oil fields is un-refineable materials and to refine this heavy crude oil to refinery products like gasoline or gas oil a refinery with RFCC ( Residual Fluid Catalitic Cracking) technology must be made. Super high Technology and very heavy capital cost... 

    Rock Type Connectivity Estimation Using Percolation Theory

    , Article Mathematical Geosciences ; Vol. 45, issue. 3 , April , 2013 , p. 321-340 ; ISSN: 18748961 Sadeghnejad, S ; Masihi, M ; Pishvaie, M ; King, P. R ; Sharif University of Technology
    Complicated sedimentary processes control the spatial distribution of geological heterogeneities. This serves to make the nature of the fluid flow in the hydrocarbon reservoirs immensely complex. Proper modeling of these heterogeneities and evaluation of their connectivity are crucial and affects all aspects of fluid flow. Since the natural variability of heterogeneity occurs in a myriad of length scales, accurate modeling of the rock type connectivity requires a very fine scheme, which is computationally very expensive. Hence, this makes other alternative methods such as the percolation approach attractive and necessary. The percolation approach considers the hypothesis that a reservoir can... 

    Treatment of oilfield produced water by dissolved air precipitation/solvent sublation

    , Article Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering ; Volume 80, Issue 1 , 2011 , Pages 26-31 ; 09204105 (ISSN) Bayati, F ; Shayegan, J ; Noorjahan, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Dissolved air precipitation/solvent sublation (DAP/SS) was used for treatment of simulated and real oilfield produced water to generate very fine bubbles which are necessary for effective separation. In this method micro bubbles produced by saturation of air in a pressurized packed column were released in an atmospheric column leading the bubbles to raise resulting trapped contaminants in the Gibbs layer around them to be removed by a layer of immiscible solvent at the top of column. The method was conducted to solutions including Benzene, Toluene and Chlorobenzene (ClB) as part of BTEX contaminants in produced water, mixture of them as simulated produced water and real oilfield produced... 

    Integrated Intelligent Control Design of Azar Oil Field

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Jamali, Hamid (Author) ; Ghotbi, Siroos (Supervisor)
    Intelligent control or management of well or reservoir is a method which is used in order to optimize the production for increasing recovery factor so that the minimum damage or reduction of pressure occurs during production lifetime. Azar oilfield has 17 wells and the production from this field isn't started. Thereupon designing a suitable well completion model and a control algorithm to optimize the production for the first two years of production is necessary and indispensable. For this purpose, by collecting basic information and their analysis (for example pressure, temperature, production rate, the type and amount of produced fluids), designing of downhole installations and modeling... 

    Comparison of Rheological Properties of Slurry with International Standards to Evaluate the Successfulness of Gachsaran Oil Field Cementation and Proposing Experimental Solutions

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Abbasi, Ali (Author) ; Ghotbi, Sirous (Supervisor) ; Moghadasi, Jamshid (Supervisor)
    The rheology of oil well cement (OWC) slurries is generally more complicated than that of conventional cement paste. In order to contend with bottom hole conditions, a number of additives are usually used in the OWC slurries. The objective of this research is to develop a fundamental understanding of the important mechanisms that affect the properties of OWC slurry such as rheological properties, free water, compressive strength and thickening time incorporating various chemical and mineral admixtures. The partial replacement of OWC using different nanoparticle weight percent has been proved to be a promising method. The mechanisms underlying the effects of chemical admixtures on the... 

    A Proper Method of Upscaling Permeability data in a Typical Iranian Reservoir

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Shokoohi Dehkordi, Mojdeh (Author) ; Shadizadeh, Reza (Supervisor) ; Jonoud, Sima (Co-Supervisor)
    In this paper we have tried to mention a proper method of upscaling permeability data in a typical Iranian reservoir. Firstly a literature review is made on some common upscaling methods witch have been used so far. We introduced common upscaling methods like full tensor method, streamline method, stone method , vertical equilibrium method and also Kyte & Berry method. Additionally we have explained their advantages and also disadvantages. After selecting two upscaling methods, Kyte & Berry method and vertical equilibrium method, we applied these algorithms for upscaling of permeability data of Soroosh Oil Field. Soroosh oilfield is a heavy oil, Iranian reservoir located in Persian Gulf.... 

    Model study on the kinetics of scale removal due to ultrasonic radiation

    , Article 73rd European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition 2011: Unconventional Resources and the Role of Technology. Incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2011 ; Volume 7 , 2011 , Pages 5657-5659 ; 9781617829666 (ISBN) Sherafati, M ; Hemmati, N ; Mashayekhi, L ; Sharif University of Technology
    Scale formation is one of the major problems in oilfields. Removal of scales is a difficult process due to their relative hardness and low solubility. Therefore it is valuable to find a method which can remove damages caused by scales. Ultrasonic radiation is known have the sufficient energy to remove the scales. Our purpose is to investigate the role of ultrasound on permeability increments due to scale removal. Some experiments were carried out to find these effects and observed that ultrasound has increased volumetric mass transfer, concentration and solubility limits. We also worked on a model presented by Tahmasebi et. al[2010] and applied changes on it to make it able to predict... 

    Reversibility of Asphaltene Aggregation in Live Oils: Qualitative and Quantitative Evaluation

    , Article Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data ; Volume 60, Issue 9 , August , 2015 , Pages 2646-2654 ; 00219568 (ISSN) Mohammadi, S ; Rashidi, F ; Mousavi Dehghani, S. A ; Ghazanfari, M. H ; Sharif University of Technology
    American Chemical Society  2015
    Despite the numerous experimental studies concerning asphaltene, the extent of reversibility of asphaltene aggregation at reservoir conditions remains still an elusive and controversial issue in the available literature. In this work, a series of depressurization and repressurization experiments were performed on three different live oils for qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the reversibility of asphaltene aggregation under typical pressure and temperature conditions of oil fields. The obtained results reveal that the kinetics and the extent of reversibility of asphaltene aggregation at elevated pressure and temperature are majorly controlled by the characteristics of the reservoir... 

    Simulation of wellbore stability with thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical coupling in troublesome formations: an example from Ahwaz oil field, SW Iran

    , Article Arabian Journal of Geosciences ; Volume 8, Issue 1 , 2015 , Pages 379-396 ; 18667511 (ISSN) Rafieepour, S ; Jalayeri, H ; Ghotbi, C ; Pishvaie, M. R ; Sharif University of Technology
    Wellbore stability is a main concern in drilling operation. Troublesome drilling issues are chemically active formations and/or high-pressure–high-temperature environments. These are mainly responsible for most of wellbore instabilities. Wellbore failure is mostly controlled by the interaction between active shales and drilling fluid in shale formations. The factors influencing this interaction consist of fluid pressure, temperature, composition of drilling fluid, and exposure time. In this paper, a non-linear fully coupled chemo-thermo-poroelasticity model is developed. At first, a fully implicit finite difference model is presented to analyze the problem, and then, it is verified through... 

    The impact of gas compositions on the intensity of positive coupling effect in gas condensate reservoirs

    , Article 1st International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition ; 4-6 May , 2009 Gholami, A ; Hashemi, A ; Vaziri, S. M ; Sharif University of Technology
    European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE  2009
    The positive coupling effect decreases the condensate saturation as a result of very high flow rates in vicinity of the wellbore. The current work challenges the notion that the positive rate effect does not lead in falling trend of condensate saturation around the wellbore in the case of rich gas composition. According to the results obtained from this parameter case study, four distinct trends would appear in the condensate saturation profile of both lean and rich gas compositions. These quadruplet trends are consistent and their occurrence is mainly related to the considered base capillary number (Ncb) which is likely dependent to the composition of the fluid  

    Dynamic optimization of water flood reservoirs with the variational approach

    , Article Petroleum Science and Technology ; Vol. 32, issue. 3 , Dec , 2013 , p. 289-296 ; ISSN: 10916466 Kashkooli ,S. B ; Masihi, M ; Pishvaei, M. R ; Sharif University of Technology
    Optimization of any production operation is a tool for increasing production rates and reducing production costs. Water flooding is one of the techniques that frequently be used to increase oil recovery after primary depletion. A methodology for optimizing the production by using the net present value of a heterogeneous reservoir under water flooding has been presented, which is based on controlling the bottomhole pressures of the production wells, using smart well technology. For this purpose, a numerical flow simulator is coupled with an optimization program. The technique was implemented on a synthetic two dimensional oil reservoir with heterogeneous permeability. This optimization... 

    Integration of adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system, neural networks and geostatistical methods for fracture density modeling

    , Article Oil and Gas Science and Technology ; Vol. 69, issue. 7 , 2014 , pp. 1143-1154 ; ISSN: 12944475 Jafari, A ; Kadkhodaie-Ilkhchi, A ; Sharghi, Y ; Ghaedi, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Image logs provide useful information for fracture study in naturally fractured reservoir. Fracture dip, azimuth, aperture and fracture density can be obtained from image logs and have great importance in naturally fractured reservoir characterization. Imaging all fractured parts of hydrocarbon reservoirs and interpreting the results is expensive and time consuming. In this study, an improved method to make a quantitative correlation between fracture densities obtained from image logs and conventional well log data by integration of different artificial intelligence systems was proposed. The proposed method combines the results of Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System (ANFIS) and Neural... 

    Rock type connectivity estimation using percolation theory

    , Article Mathematical Geosciences ; Volume 45, Issue 3 , 2013 , Pages 321-340 ; 18748961 (ISSN) Sadeghnejad, S ; Masihi, M ; Pishvaie, M ; King, P. R ; Sharif University of Technology
    Complicated sedimentary processes control the spatial distribution of geological heterogeneities. This serves to make the nature of the fluid flow in the hydrocarbon reservoirs immensely complex. Proper modeling of these heterogeneities and evaluation of their connectivity are crucial and affects all aspects of fluid flow. Since the natural variability of heterogeneity occurs in a myriad of length scales, accurate modeling of the rock type connectivity requires a very fine scheme, which is computationally very expensive. Hence, this makes other alternative methods such as the percolation approach attractive and necessary. The percolation approach considers the hypothesis that a reservoir can... 

    A novel field applicable mud formula with enhanced fluid loss properties in High Pressure-High temperature well condition containing pistachio shell powder

    , Article Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering ; Volume 162 , March , 2018 , Pages 378-385 ; 09204105 (ISSN) Davoodi, S ; Ramazani Ahmad, S. A ; Jamshidi, S ; Fellah Jahromi, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier B.V  2018
    Sustainable technologies are the main concerns of the 21st century modified oilfield industries. The insufficiency of conventional drilling fluid formulations with a combination of hardly degradable hazardous chemicals as additives raise the demands of field-applicable innovative and environmentally friendly methods. Pistachio Shell discards as degradable wastes, which can intellectually apply in drilling fluid formulation. The experimental oilfield investigations of utilizing pistachio shell powder prove the significant enhancement of rheological properties, reduction of fluid loss and mud cake thickness in both API (Low Pressure —Low Temperature) and High Pressure—High Temperature (HPHT)... 

    Casing failure in salt rock: numerical investigation of its causes

    , Article Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering ; Volume 53, Issue 9 , 2020 , Pages 3903-3918 Taheri, S. R ; Pak, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Springer  2020
    Numerous cases of casing failure have been reported worldwide. Depletion-induced compaction is one of the main factors that may cause casing failure. Stress perturbation in salt layers may accommodate rock flow which endangers the stability of cased wells. Besides, poor cementing jobs are recognized as one of the wellbore instability causes. These factors need to be considered to determine the mechanism behind the casing failure. In this study, the creep behavior of the caprock salt layer in the southwest Iranian oil fields is experimentally studied through a number of creep tests under conditions of elevated temperature and pressure. Then, a three-dimensional finite element analysis is... 

    A new method in well test interpretation using temperature transient analysis for gas wells

    , Article International Petroleum Technology Conference 2007, IPTC 2007, Dubai, 4 December 2007 through 6 December 2007 ; Volume 2 , 2007 , Pages 1151-1160 ; 9781615673360 (ISBN) Bahrami, H ; Siavoshi, J ; Sharif University of Technology
    Society of Petroleum Engineers  2007
    Interpretation of temperature logs has been done successfully in wells to identify water or gas entries location, detect casing leaks, and evaluate cement placement. This paper shows how knowledge of the Joule-Thomson cooling effect and frictional heating effect can be applied for well test interpretation. Many analysts rely on pressure derivative curve to diagnose wellbore storage period and radial flow regime on pressure transient data. However, there are field examples that flow regimes can't be accurately determined. During transient tests, both pressure and temperature are changed depending on downhole flow rate. In gas producing wells, Joule-Thomson cooling and frictional heating... 

    Investigation of Dynamic Behavior and Structural Health Monitoring of the Gas Pipeline due to Turbulent Flow

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Mostafavi, Mohsen (Author) ; Zabihollah, Abolghasem (Supervisor)
    Vibration is one of the major problems in gas and oil pipelines. Vibrations can cause damage to the pipes, supports, valves and other equipment installed in the system. These vibrations can be caused by equipment installed on pipelines like compressors and pumps or by fluid flow in pipes and fixed equipment like connections and valves. This research investigates the dynamic behavior of fluid flow in pipelines in Karanj and Parsi oil fields located in the southern part of Iran. The pipeline is responsible for injecting gas into the field. Excessive vibrations in the system cause repeatable damage which in turn increases the operating and maintenance cost. First, the vibration of pipelines has... 

    Study of ESP and Gas Lift Applications On low Productivity Wells of Alvand Oil Field

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Pornouri, Pouria (Author) ; Jamshidi, Saeed (Supervisor)
    Alavand Oil field is located 50 Km away from west of Siri Island and includes DPG and DPH platforms. The production from Alavand field started in 1998 and till now 11 wells have been totally drilled .Since a production peak in 2001, the oil production in Alvand field has decreased. Water cut is increasing and reservoir pressure is decreasing gradually. Considering poor reservoir characteristic of this reservoir, productivity indexes of wells are relatively low. In addition; natural depletion of reservoir caused the wells to be unable to flow naturally and either closed or produce periodically consequently. To increase production and extend the lifetime of Alvand field, it is decided to start... 

    Geomechanical Analysis of Wellbore Instability in Kupal Oil Field

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Mellat, Soheil (Author) ; Khoei, Amir Reza (Co-Advisor) ; Erfan Nia, Ali (Co-Advisor) ; Shad, Saeed (Supervisor)
    The wellbore instability is one of the challenging problems in the oil industry, which entails huge costs for the industry every year. This phenomenon not only causes numerous problems in drilling and completion of wells, but also reduces production and loss of wells. In recent years, this problem has become much more serious in the Kupal oilfield. As a result, a large number of wells drilled in the field shortly after completion face with the problem of instability, integrity and casing collapse. According to the studies, one of the main causes of such a problem is the Gachsaran high pressure formation. Despite the complexity and importance of this issue, there is not a comprehensive study... 

    Integrated Geomechanical Modeling of Casing Failure; From Lab to Simulation

    , Ph.D. Dissertation Sharif University of Technology Taheri, Reza (Author) ; Pak, Ali (Supervisor) ; Shad, Saeed (Co-Supervisor)
    Casing failure is one of the mainly problems of hydrocarbon fields that may cause wells out of service and impose heavy costs on oil companies. There exist many theories that may cause casing failure including: the plastic behavior of surrounding formations, the effects of reservoir depletion, over-pressured formations, weak cementing operations, fault activation, and local stresses applied on casing. In salt-rich formations, creep behavior can be the main cause of casing failure, too.The purpose of this study is to evaluate the causes affecting casing failure via experimental studies and numerical simulation with the focus on the conditions governing south-west Iranian oil fields, where the...