Oil & Gas

The oil and gas industries rely more than ever on advanced technologies to develop reliable, innovative ways to optimize exploration, production, transportation, refining and processing as they deliver products from both conventional and unconventional resources. Over the last decade, advancements in offshore drilling, floating platforms, horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing and numerous other technologies have made it possible to recover oil and gas from sources at greater depths and in harsher environments, while minimizing environmental impacts and reducing the drilling footprint.

Wind loading simulation of offshore platform

Engineering simulation software from ANSYS is playing an increasingly critical role, enabling oil and gas engineers to create virtual prototypes and capture new knowledge about the detailed workings of their equipment and processes. Simulation has opened new frontiers for these engineers, enabling them to replicate and test their designs for ultra deep sea environments and other physically remote terrains — without the high cost and human risk associated with conducting physical experiments.

Oil and gas engineers apply computational fluid dynamics (CFD), finite element analysis (FEA) and electronic (electromagnetic, electromechanical, signal processing,) software from ANSYS to a broad range of drilling, completion, production, and processing equipment and machinery. The benefit from these simulations includes: understanding root cause and reducing failure, improve product reliability, evaluate new designs, examine new enhance oil recovery concepts, improve flow assurance.

Typical oil and gas specific simulation with ANSYS software may include the effect of multiple phases, particulate motion, free surface flows, rock fractionation, erosion and fluid-structure interaction, thermal stresses, soil-pipe interaction, and electromechanical. Simulation results provide a detailed map of critical parameters — for example, fluid velocities, pressures, particle concentrations, fatigue, deformation, temperatures, forces and heat/mass fluxes, chemical and species concentration, and piping and structural supports.

Software from ANSYS can be used for these and other applications in the oil and gas industries:

  • Enhancing the efficiency of recovery processes and equipment
  • Maximizing and assuring oil and gas flow rates
  • Optimizing drilling and production machinery and processes
  • Ensuring equipment reliability and worker safety
  • Addressing compliance and regulatory concerns
  • Managing sand, water, erosion and other geologic concerns
  • Analysis of piping systems and explosion risks
  • Studies of wind and wave loading, impact resistance and other structural concerns