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IMFS2 Program

Technical Program

Click the program link to see the list of internationally known experts in the fields of multiphase flow and separation. Get the latest knowledge on the rapidly evolving standards and specifications, design, and technologies.




Session 1:  Separation Technologies and Methodologies

The separation of different phases from a flow stream is a necessary and critically important element for proper operation of many processes in the upstream and midstream sectors of the oil and gas industry.  This session will begin with an overview presentation on conventional approaches to separation and then delve into more novel approaches that see less widespread usage.

Session 2:  Better Designs through Improved Information

Separation system designs rely on the availability of data to predict performance under field conditions.  Historically, separator design tools were based on experiments of the separation of air and water near atmospheric conditions; however, there is a move toward using data that are based on testing at field conditions with more representative fluids.  The objectives of this session will be to gain an understanding of the ways in which various companies approach the designing of separation systems and an understanding of how more relevant data are helping to drive better designs. Also discussed will be various diagnostics methodologies and tools and their effectiveness in troubleshooting separation equipment issues.

Session 3:  Adding to the Separation Challenge: Complex Fluids and Piping Geometry

In addition to the challenges discussed in the previous sessions, separation can become even more difficult in the presence of chemical additives, emulsions, foams, and less-than-ideal inlet piping geometries.  This session will provide an insight into how these challenges can be addressed.

Session 4:  Standards/Specifications for Separation Equipment Design

The design of separation equipment relies on specifications and guidelines provided by industry standards and engineering design manuals that offer limited guidance.  One of the most challenging design criteria is the limit of liquid carryover allowed upstream of compressors.  Although the specification for no more than 0.1 gal/MMscf is often quoted, the genesis of this requirement is puzzling.  This session will begin with an overview of industry standards commonly used and will focus on exploring the foundations of how to establish more meaningful requirements that are also achievable.

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