This contract presents a method and machine for predictably stemming an uncontrolled flow resulting from a failed Blowout Preventer. The tool, referred to as the "Hampering Active Wellbore Kit" (HAWK), is a machine that can feed a wire from a spool it carries through a BOP's existing ports and into the wellbore. The wire forms a tangled wire mass (TWM) that gradually stems the uncontrolled flow. A prototype machine for direct attachment to a BOP as a backup safety system will be presented based on operating constraints and industry requirements.
Project completed on 08/31/2017.
THE RESEARCH PROJECT OUTCOME DID NOT CONCLUDE AS A HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL OR INFLUENTIAL CATEGORY. THEREFORE, BSEE WOULD NOT CONDUCT A PEER REVIEW FOR THIS RESEARCH.