posted on Jul, 5 2010 @ 09:51 AM
Re: Well potential pressure at the ocean floor:
I do not believe you could know this for sure without capping the well and taking a reading.
I think you could however use the 2400psi at one mile depth, or whatever the water pressure is at that depth and use that for a base or static
pressure. Then take the opening size and calc. the area. Then a velocity pressure reading must be taken with some sort of pitot tube at the opening.
With that info, you could calc. the volume of oil, but not the pressure holding capacity. Knowing the length of the well pipe and diameter, static
pressure losses can be calculated for the depth, and potential pressure could be estimated.
I must agree that I view the oil's apparent velocity at the sea floor as low.
I would expect a longer uniform flow without dispersion, but considering the waters high viscosity, the venturi effect of fresh water rising with the
oil, and the temperature differential, that the turbulence is very high.
 I would assume the potential pressure is dropping as it vents over time, so it may become feasable to cap it, but it would blow off if the
pressure went too high.
[edit on 5-7-2010 by SLaPPiE]