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2014 R&D 100 Winner
SafireA multi-phase flow meter, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Safire provides noninvasive, real-time and accurate estimates of oil production for every well. Jointly developed with Chevron ETC and GE Measurement & Control, Safire achieves measurement rates as high as 100 readings/sec, including computation time.

Safire is based on SFAI, swept frequency acoustic interferometry. SFAI uses frequency-chirp signal propagation (wideband ultrasonic frequency) through a multi-phase medium to extract frequency-dependent physical properties of said medium. Reservoir engineers then use the propagation time and the attenuation of the chirp signal as a function of frequency to extract both fluid flow and multi-phase fluid composition information.

Designed to be simple to use, Safire enables continuous measurements in fast-changing oil flows in rod-pumped wells, as well as other wells. Safire’s ability to provide accurate, real-time volumetric measurements of oil flow from wells means better reservoir management, accelerated production and huge cost savings by eliminating environmentally unsafe separations tank.

Technology
Multi-phase flow meter

Developers
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Chevron ETC
GE Measurement & Control


Development Team

 Mark Emanuele  Manny Gonzalez  Corey Lazaruk  Peter Espina  chaudhuri Anirban
Mark Emanuele, Chevron Energy Technology Manny Gonzalez, Chevron ETC Corey Lazaruk, Chevron Energy Technology Peter Espina, GE Oil & Gas Chaudhuri Anirban, Los Alamos National Laboratory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Shirley Ao  Ted Furlong  Charles Webb  Dipen Sinha
Shirley Ao, GE Oil & Gas Ted Furlong, GE Oil & Gas Charles Webb, Chevron Corporation Dipen Sinha, Los Alamos National Laboratory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Safire Development Team
Shirley Ao, Principal Developer, GE Oil & Gas
Anirban Chaudhuri, Principal Developer, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Mark Emanuele, Principal Developer, Chevron Energy Technology
Peter Espina, Principal Developer, GE Oil & Gas
Ted Furlong, Principal Developer, GE Oil & Gas
Manny Gonzalez, Principal Developer, Chevron ETC
Corey Lazaruk, Principal Developer, Chevron Energy Technology
Dipen N. Sinha, Principal Developer, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Charles Webb, Principal Developer, Chevron Corporation

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