10 June 2015 Autonomous micro and nano sensors for upstream oil and gas
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This paper describes the development of autonomous electronic micro and nanoscale sensor systems for very harsh downhole oilfield conditions and provides an overview of the operational requirements necessary to survive and make direct measurements of subsurface conditions. One of several significant developmental challenges is selecting appropriate technologies that are simultaneously miniaturize-able, integrate-able, harsh environment capable, and economically viable. The Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC) is employing a platform approach to developing and testing multi-chip, millimeter and micron-scale systems in a package at elevated temperature and pressure in API brine and oil analogs, with the future goal of miniaturized systems that enable the collection of previously unattainable data. The ultimate goal is to develop subsurface nanosensor systems that can be injected into oil and gas well bores, to gather and record data, providing an unparalleled level of direct reservoir characterization. This paper provides a status update on the research efforts and developmental successes at the AEC.
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David Chapman, David Chapman, Walt Trybula, Walt Trybula, "Autonomous micro and nano sensors for upstream oil and gas", Proc. SPIE 9467, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VII, 94671F (10 June 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2177183; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2177183

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