Patent Number: 6,305,216

Title: Method and apparatus for predicting the fluid characteristics in a well hole

Abstract: An improved apparatus and improved method for determining the characteristics of a multi-phase fluid along a well hole having a predefined geometric profile are presented. Various state properties of the fluid, including the temperature, pressure and specific gravity are taken at the wellhead and used as starting values for calculating estimated state properties at various segments along the well hole. Once the state properties are calculated, an estimated mass flow and velocity rate for the fluid and its constituents can be calculated at specific points along the well hole by implementing computer-based programs and algorithms to extrapolate and/or iterate the known parameters and measurements in a progressively incremented manner from the locations of such given starting points at an initial segment up to other further points corresponding to a set of further sequential segments used in the geometric profile mathematical model.

Inventors: Samaroo; Brian H. (Houston, TX)

Assignee: Production Testing Services

International Classification: E21B 49/00 (20060101); E21B 47/10 (20060101); E21B 49/08 (20060101); G01N 33/28 (20060101); G01N 33/26 (20060101); G06F 019/00 (); F16L 009/00 (); G01N 007/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018