A numerical model has been developed that addresses both plugging of, and sand production through single wrapped screens. The model was developed on the basis of a fractal model for the particle size distribution of reservoir sands. A database of sand types from the North Sea and Haltenbanken areas was established. Principal component analysis was used to reduce the number of significant variables in the database, and to provide a basis for a prediction model for critical slot widths. A series of laboratory experiments were performed, and four critical slot widths were identified for each sand type, defining a safe design interval for screen slot width. A mathematical model was developed that can be used to predict the critical slot widths for other sand types from the area.

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