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Flow Assurance

About The Course

Flow assurance is about ensuring that fluid flows as intended in a pipe or a well. It relies heavily on well-established sciences like fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, discrete mathematics, automation, and computer science. However, even though the sciences are well established, flow assurance is developing very rapidly, and keeping updated on all the latest developments can be a huge challenge. Advanced flow assurance technology often leads to very significant cost savings, sometimes even making the building of permanent topside platforms redundant for new offshore development projects by sending unprocessed multiphase flow directly to shore.

Commercially available simulation software tools have played a crucial role in the development of the field of flow assurance. Using these simulation tools to the best effect requires engineers with an understanding of what goes on “under the hood”.
This workshop will examine not only the key concepts and theories of flow assurance but also compare the various simulation tools closely and through various examples, help participants understand the best way to apply these tools to their flow assurance practices. The course facilitator has recently published two updated books on flow assurance, and a digital version of these books will be given to the participants.

Some of the subjects discussed in the workshop will be drawn from the books, while others will be designed based on exercises and input from the participants.

Program Details


  • Main phenomena in pipe flow
  • A closer look at pipe friction
  • Simulation of subsea pipelines
  • Case-based on one of the world’s longest subsea gas export pipelines: The Zeepipe from Kollsnes, Norway


  • Methods of Categorizing Flow
  • Different flow regimes in 2, 3, and 4-phase flow
  • Different sorts of deposits, including hydrates, wax, asphaltene, scales, and particles
  • Best Practices, Pitfalls, and Key concepts in managing Corrosion and Erosion
    Commercially available flow assurance tools
  • Slugging and slug control
  • Simulation examples: Slugging and LNG examples


  • More on the theory behind flow calculations
  • Ongoing developments and future possibilities
  • How to check multiphase flow results
  • Heat insulation
  • Simulation tools
  • Discussion and possible solutions to the flow assurance challenges faced by participants


This course is scheduled for 3 work days. The dates of the course are organized upon inquiry.

This course is available in the classroom format.

Prerequisites and level

  • Basic background in fluid mechanics.

  • Level: Intermediate

Intended For

This course is designed for:

  •  Engineers involved with assuring flow who wish:
    • To understand effective flow and assurance concepts
    • To Gain awareness of the latest developments and technological breakthroughs in flow assurance
    • To understand challenges arising from deeper offshore oil field developments

After this course, participants are expected to:

  • Simulation of pipe flow
  • Flow categorization
  • Slugging and slug control
  • Learn about other commercial tools
  • Theory behind flow calculations

Select Course Format


Price on request
  • Face-to-face with instructors
  • On-site or in Rijswijk
  • Printed course materials
  • Lunch included
  • For teams of minimum 4 people

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