Imperial College London

Professor Omar K. Matar, FREng

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

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BibTex format

author = {Shaffee, SNA and Luckham, PF and Matar, OK and Karnik, A and Zamberi, MSA},
doi = {10.2118/195686-PA},
journal = {SPE Journal},
pages = {2195--2208},
title = {Numerical investigation of sand-screen performance in the presence of adhesive effects for enhanced sand control},
url = {},
volume = {24},
year = {2019}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - In many industrial processes, an effective particle-filtration system is essential for removing unwanted solids. The oil and gas industry has explored various technologies to control and manage excessive sand production, such as by installing sand screens or injecting consolidation chemicals in sand-prone wells as part of sand-management practices. However, for an unconsolidated sandstone formation, the selection and design of effective sand control remains a challenge. In recent years, the use of a computational technique known as the discrete-element method (DEM) has been explored to gain insight into the various parameters affecting sand-screen-retention behavior and the optimization of various types of sand screens (Mondal et al. 2011, 2012, 2016; Feng et al. 2012; Wu et al. 2016).In this paper, we investigate the effectiveness of particle filtration using a fully coupled computational-fluid-dynamics (CFD)/DEM approach featuring polydispersed, adhesive solid particles. We found that an increase in particle adhesion reduces the amount of solid in the liquid filtrate that passes through the opening of a wire-wrapped screen, and that a solid pack of particle agglomerates is formed over the screen with time. We also determined that increasing particle adhesion gives rise to a decrease in packing density and a diminished pressure drop across the solid pack covering the screen. This finding is further supported by a Voronoi tessellation analysis, which reveals an increase in porosity of the solid pack with elevated particle adhesion. The results of this study demonstrate that increasing the level of particle agglomeration, such as by using an adhesion-promoting chemical additive, has beneficial effects on particle filtration. An important application of these findings is the design and optimization of sand-control processes for a hydrocarbon well with excessive sand production, which is a major challenge in the oil and gas industry.
AU - Shaffee,SNA
AU - Luckham,PF
AU - Matar,OK
AU - Karnik,A
AU - Zamberi,MSA
DO - 10.2118/195686-PA
EP - 2208
PY - 2019///
SN - 1086-055X
SP - 2195
TI - Numerical investigation of sand-screen performance in the presence of adhesive effects for enhanced sand control
T2 - SPE Journal
UR -
UR -
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VL - 24
ER -