Erosion modeling to improve asset life prediction
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Erosion caused by solid particles in process flows impacting on the surfaces of downhole equipment or pipe walls is a common cause of damage and wear in oil and gas production as well as many other process industries. In the oil and gas industry, erosion can pose a significant integrity risk in flowlines, valves and connectors in production systems if not managed appropriately. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a cost-effective means of predicting the location and magnitude of erosion damage. In practice, different flow regimes and particle loadings can lead to a range of erosion mechanisms that require different simulation approaches, all of which can be analyzed in STAR-CCM+® software, and are covered in this white paper.