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Masdar Institute and MIT Partner to Make Micromachines for Oil Wells

Matt Ball on March 3, 2014 - in Energy, Sensors

Scientists from Abu Dhabi and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are at work on tiny sensors no more than four millimetres wide that could be sent deep into oil wells.

Dubbed smart-mud, after the drilling fluid that is shot into wells, the sensors would be deployed thousands at a time to wirelessly send data on stress, acidity and other real-time factors to engineers above ground.

MIT and its Abu Dhabi partners the Masdar Institute and the Petroleum Institute hope to complete a prototype in the next two to three years and are seeking an oil service company to sponsor their research, said Irfan Saadat, a professor of microsystems engineering at Masdar, the government-owned research university.

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