Advanced Engineering: Atmospheric Dispersion and Radiant Heat

Atmospheric Dispersion and Radiant Heat

Atmospheric Dispersion and Radiant Heat
Computational Fluid Dynamics

The accidental or controlled release of hydrocarbon gas or other pollutants, either from a well or production equipment, can lead to the formation of an explosive or toxic cloud in the atmosphere, putting personnel, equipment, and potentially the wider public at risk. Understanding the size and extent of the gas cloud generated by such releases is an important part of understanding the risk associated with the event.

Whether the ignition is planned or accidental, the igniting of a flammable or toxic cloud leads to the additional problem of radiant heat. This poses a threat to people and equipment and, therefore, also needs to be quantified to determine whether risks are acceptable.

Wild Well uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and other methods to predict the size and location of flammable and toxic clouds and the radiant heat emitted in the event of fire under various atmospheric conditions. This enables Wild Well to assist operators when planning to drill or work over a well in addition to determining the appropriate well control responses.

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