This paper presents a 3D theoretical simulation and analysis of DC stray current corrosion (SCC) in oil fields that could contribute to oil leak and finally oil deferment of electric submersible pump (ESP) systems. Application of the boundary element analysis system (BEASY) allowed cathodic protection (CP) interference to be assessed in terms of the normal current density, which is directly proportional to the corrosion rate, rather than using the qualitative approach of measuring the potential shift of the soil. Different real structures consisting of pipelines and/or well casings with different arrangements and interference conditions are simulated. The results reveal that the application of impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) systems creates DC SCC on other nearby unprotected structures. This is an inherent potential problem with the application of such systems which dominates with decreasing soil conductivity, and/or increasing the anode current density and its proximity to the protected structures. On the contrary, SCC can be reduced by using multi-groundbed anodes.
- Boundary element method
- Cathodic protection
- Stray current corrosion
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering