Date of Award
Master of Science
Geological and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Duane R. Hampton
Dr. Alan Kehew
Masters Thesis-Open Access
Laboratory sand tank experiments and two field studies were conducted to determine filter-pack designs that would increase the hydrocarbon flow rate into hydrocarbon recovery wells. Previous laboratory experiments have shown that using filter-packs of Teflon chips or sands treated with a water repellent spray will increase the rate of hydrocarbon recovery into wells in laboratory bail down test experiments.
The results of the laboratory investigations suggest that using a hydrophobic filter-pack with a median grain-size of 2.5-3.5 greater than that of the aquifer will provide the greatest rate of hydrocarbon recovery.
In two field studies, wells constructed with a hydrophobic filter-pack were installed immediately adjacent to wells constructed with a standard filter-pack. The results of the field studies indicate that hydrophobic filter-packs help draw product into wells, and thus facilitate hydrocarbon monitoring and recovery.
Barrett, Thomas R., "Improved Filter-Pack Design for Hydrocarbon Recovery Wells in Unconsolidated Aquifers" (1993). Masters Theses. 800.