SALTWATER INJECTION SYSTEMS CAN TOLERATE HIGHER VELOCITIES

Mamdouh M. Salama Conoco Inc. Ponca City, Okla. The API erosional velocity limit is overly conservative for saltwater injection systems constructed from corrosion-resistant material and containing no solids in the water. Under such conditions and providing that pressure drop is not of concern, a flow velocity of 50 fps can be safely used without concern for erosion. Factors influencing the selected flow velocity include: Pressure drop Noise level Vibration Erosion Corrosion.

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