The second phase of Flow Assurance and Scale Control continues to apply fundamental research techniques through laboratory based experimental studies and modelling of laboratory and field process. There are five main inter-related themes around which the research is based, some of which are a continuation of previous topics, from which results of great practical, economic and scientific interest were produced, while some of the aspects are new.
- Scale inhibitor bulk and porous media interactions
- Scale and scale inhibitor deposition on metal and other surfaces
- Field modelling of scale squeeze treatments and other reservoir processes
- Total analytical capability in scaling systems
- Knowledge transfer, Field Guide and SCALE-TOOL Development
Some of these themes continue to research topics that began during FAST 1 (or earlier), from which results of great practical, economic and scientific interest were produced, while some of the aspects are new.
The majority of the laboratory based studies begin with a full scale inhibitor evaluation, allowing the performance of a scale inhibitor to be studied, or series of inhibitors to be ranked, before entering into further, more complex experiments.