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A Model-Based Real-Time Annular BOP Monitoring System

Status: AWARD END DATE: 3/31/2018


A blowout preventer (BOP) is a large, specialized mechanical device, used to seal, control and monitor oil and gas wells to prevent blowout, the uncontrolled release of crude oil and/or natural gas from well.  A typical subsea deep water blowout preventer system includes components such as electrical and hydraulic lines, control pods, hydraulic accumulators, test valve, kill and choke lines and valves, riser joint, hydraulic connectors, and a support frame  This work will produce a BOP Monitoring System capable of self-integration whereby it learns the specific BOP thereby enabling accurate estimations of BOP health.

The scientific impact of this work centers on the creation of an Information Synthesis (IS) monitoring knowledge base applicable to a broad range of subsea systems. The proposed IS technology complements the data fusion knowledge by synthesizing information via dynamic adaptive models. Using the adapted model coefficients, BOP health and remaining useful life estimations will be recovered in a rigorous mathematical formulation.