The Open Petroleum Engineering Journal


ISSN: 1874-8341 ― Volume 12, 2019

Development of Contactless Sand Production Test Instrument

Huiqin Jia*, Ruirong Dang
Key Laboratory of Education, Ministry for Photoelectric Logging and Detecting of Oil and Gas, Xi'an Shiyou University, Xi'an 710065, Shaanxi, China



Sand production is an important factor affecting reservoir exploitation. Excessive sand production affects the oil well life, causes the damage to the oil recovery device and brings serious hidden danger in the process of safety production.


This paper presents a sand content computation model for the crude oil, which uses the power of sand production and Parseval theorem, develops a system to monitor the sand content.


The main problem of designing the mechanical structure and matching layer for sand sensor is introduced. Furthermore a contactless Doppler ultrasonic method is used to develop sand amount detection system‚ finally the system measurement accuracy is calibrated by the developed calibration system.


The sand production computation model can describe the relationship between sand monitor output and sand amount; compute the oil sand carrying ratio. The sand sensor is installed on the outside of pipe, not directly contacted with the sand particles. Measurement accuracy of the sand production is higher than the same type instrument.

Keywords: Calibration system, Computation model, Sand carrying ratio, Sand production.

Article Information

Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2017
Volume: 10
First Page: 1
Last Page: 11
Publisher Id: TOPEJ-10-1
DOI: 10.2174/1874834101701010001

Article History:

Received Date: 08/09/2016
Revision Received Date: 28/10/2016
Acceptance Date: 02/11/2016
Electronic publication date: 12/01/2017
Collection year: 2017

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