A NEURAL NETWORK MODEL AND AN UPDATED CORRELATION FOR ESTIMATION OF DEAD CRUDE OIL VISCOSITY

A. Naseri, S. H. Yousefi, A. Sanaei, A. A. Gharesheikhlou

Abstract


Viscosity is one of the most important physical properties in reservoir simulation, formation evaluation, in designing surface facilities and in the calculation of original hydrocarbon in-place. Mostly, oil viscosity is measured in PVT laboratories only at reservoir temperature. Hence, it is of great importance to use an accurate correlation for prediction of oil viscosity at different operating conditions and various temperatures. Although, different correlations have been proposed for various regions, the applicability of the existing correlations for Iranian oil reservoirs is limited due to the nature of the Iranian crude oil. In this study, based on Iranian oil reservoir data, a new correlation for the estimation of dead oil viscosity was provided using non-linear multivariable regression and non-linear optimization methods simultaneously with the optimization of the other existing correlations. This new correlation uses API Gravity and temperature as an input parameter. In addition, a neural-network-based model for prediction of dead oil viscosity is presented. Detailed comparisons show that validity and accuracy of the new correlation and the neural-network model are in good agreement with large data set of Iranian oil reservoir when compared with other correlations.

Keywords


dead oil viscosity; correlation; nonlinear regression; Artificial Neural Network; nonlinear optimization

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5419/bjpg2012-0003