Reanalyzing Thermocouple Temperature Response for Evidence of Convective Flow

  • Author / Creator
    Aghabarati, Mohammad
  • Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) technology has made possible the in situ production of bitumen at commercial scale. In this study, different mechanisms involved in heat transfer through porous media above SAGD steam chambers are investigated. Semi-analytical and numerical models have been utilized in the assessment of the physics of heat transfer above steam chambers. Real thermocouple data of SAGD operations are extracted from appended files to in-situ performance presentations submitted to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) by operators. Quality assurance of the extracted data is also conducted in order to minimize the fluid effects in observation wells. Semi-analytical and numerical investigation of results along with available petrophysical logs are used to estimate the location of steam chamber front and also contributing heat transfer mechanisms through the overlying strata.

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  • Graduation date
    2017-11:Fall 2017
  • Type of Item
  • Degree
    Master of Science
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  • Institution
    University of Alberta
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  • Department
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Specialization
    • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Chalaturnyk, Rick (Civil and Environmental)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Chalaturnyk, Rick (Civil and Environmental)
    • Hendry, Michael (Civil and Environmental)
    • Deng, Lijun (Civil and Environmental)