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Absolutely new optical gauge allows cutting well surveillance costs

on May 20, 2019

Oil_wellFiber optic technology is highly promising now, in spite of the fact that fiber optic solutions found their place in numerous fields of application, the optical fiber sphere still continues developing. Thus, recently a group of researchers from the UK demonstrated a novel optical pressure-temperature gauge of compact size.

The optical gauge is considered to enlarge the fiber optic application, especially when it comes to well surveillance area. Moreover, this optical device allows cutting all the costs and offering a new alternative to conventional downhole fiber sensors and other electronic logging tools.

Also, it should be mentioned that it is possible to combine the optical gauge with other devices, for example, with a simple deployment mechanism and distributed sensing technology, adding new properties and offering savings of 50-90% compared to traditional logging techniques.

A fiber optic gauge is a special tool that is based on a fiber Bragg gratings without using electronics, external connections or power supply equipment. Herewith, optical gauges provide the following advantages that include:

  • Immunity to electromagnetic fields;
  • Potential application in highly explosive environments;
  • Ability to withstand high vibration loads without any mechanical failure of sensor material;
  • Reduced number of connection lines and consequently, less impact on test purposes;
  • Low interconnection is required because of the possibility to include numerous sensors with different fiber Bragg grating wavelengths in one optical fiber.

The novel optical gauge can be installed in the fiber optic line and used in harsh atmospheres. Moreover, this fiber optic device is able to measure up to 10,000 psi (689 bar) and 150°C (302°F), optionally enlarged to 20,000 psi (1,379 bar) and 300°C (572°F).

Herein, the size of the optical gauge is about 10 cu mm, that is why the device can be easily implemented in various optical sensors and even installed in narrow access wells to log data during descent and to capture bottom hole temperature and pressure over time.

Finally, the optical pressure-temperature gauge is able to operate several months without human control, streaming real-time, live well information along the optical fiber back to surface. Usually, fiber optic sensors are applied in complex surveillance systems that have a high cost, sometimes they need either batteries or electrical power as well as special equipment compared to the novel optical gauges. Nevertheless, FBG sensors remain number one in the market today due to their light weight, simple installation and relatively low cost.

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