Adaptive neuro-fuzzy algorithm applied to predict and control multi-phase flow rates through wellhead chokes

Hamzeh Ghorbani, David A. Wood, Nima Mohamadian, Sina Rashidi, Shadfar Davoodi, Alireza Soleimanian, Amirafzal Kiani Shahvand, Mohammad Mehrad

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A Takagi-Sugeno adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (TSFIS) model is developed and applied to a dataset of wellhead flow-test data for the Resalat oil field located offshore southern Iran, the objective is to assist in the prediction and control of multi-phase flow rates of oil and gas through the wellhead chokes. For this purpose, 182 test data points (Appendix 1) related to the Resalat field are evaluated. In order to predict production flow rate (QL) expressed as stock-tank barrels per day (STB/D), this dataset includes four selected input variables: upstream pressure (Pwh); wellhead choke sizes (D64); gas to liquid ratio (GLR); and, base solids and water including some water-soluble oil emulsion (BS&W). The test data points evaluated include a wide range of oil flow rate conditions and values for the four input variables recorded. The TSFIS algorithm applied involves five data processing steps: a) pre-processing, b) fuzzification, c) rules base and adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference engine, d) defuzzification, and e) post-processing of the fuzzy model. The developed TSFIS model for the Resalat oil field database predicted oil flow rate to a high degree of accuracy (root mean square error = 247 STB/D, correlation coefficient = 0.9987), which improves substantially on the commonly used empirical algorithms used for such predictions. TSFIS can potentially be applied in wellhead choke fuzzy controllers to stabilize flow in specific wells based on real-time input data records.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101849
JournalFlow Measurement and Instrumentation
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Empirical relationships
  • Fuzzy machine learning
  • Fuzzy system control
  • Gas
  • Multi-phase oil
  • Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy inference system
  • Water flow rate
  • Wellhead choke variables

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Instrumentation
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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