posted on Jul, 16 2010 @ 06:51 AM
My theory is they timed the installation of this with the relief well being very close to its objective. Now that they have it capped they will kill
the well with the relief well. Once it is killed all leaks will stop. If you capped it months ago then the other leaks would still be leaking and it
would be apparent that there is another leak.
Since the well is capped and the relief wells is very close they will be able to hide the other leaks easier. When they go to court for any fines they
will be able to show the only leak as the one at the bop. The scientist will come in and show a much lower barrel per day leak than it actually is.
You must realize that it is a 7 inch riser pipe in the sea floor. for this oil to cover an area that the spill is in is impossible.
Look at he link below it is for the complete specifications of the macondo project.
If you look through you will see the burst pressure of the pipe is 14,156 psi. Using this maximum pressure we can calculate the maximum flow. Use link
below and go to the pressure drop calculator. I used the drop in pressure from 2 seprate pipes a 7 inch and a 9 7/8 inch pipe. This information is in
the first link.
Since I am a complete moron I have no clue how to do this using these tools. I am typing this and as I am doing it I am totally confused. Anyway would
appreciate a math guy to go over this and help me out. The flow rate can be calculated using the maximum burst pressure. This would of course be the
maximum amount the wellhead could produce.
p.s. the spreadsheet came from this linkscience.niuz.biz...
[edit on 16-7-2010 by jlafleur02]