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Originally posted by Absum!
OK, is it just my poor vision or does Enterprise - ROV 2
have a date in the corner of 07/06/10 . Just noticed.
That would be tomorrow.
Did somebody grab the wrong tape?
Originally posted by SLaPPiE
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]
Originally posted by unityemissions
reply to post by yarosh
Wait, you're all over the place. You say your source, an engineer, says the pressure is 80-100 thousand psi. Then you contradict yourself and say it couldn't possibly be this high. So are you the expert now or is he?
MAKE SOME SENSE, else get off this thread.