October 2020, Vol. 247, No. 10


Support for DRA-Treated Liquid Pipelines Using No-Code Digital Twins

By Craig Harclerode, Senior Systems Engineer, and Andrew Nathan, Principal, OSIsoft Midstream oil and gas operators own large distributed pipeline networks that transport natural gas, crude oil, refined products and other hydrocarbon liquids to refineries, storage and markets.  Figure 1: Example of a smart, configurable liquid pipeline summary dashboard. However, this fluid transport is hampered by frictional pressure loss coupled with elevation head losses, which, in some cases, lead to capacity constraints. To counter this, liquid pipeline operators use drag reducing agents (DRAs) to mitigate the frictional pressure loss and achiev

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