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Investigation of a drift velocity model for predicting superficial velocities of oil and water in inclined oil-in-water pipe flows with a centre body

Lucas, Gary and Jin, N.D. (2001) Investigation of a drift velocity model for predicting superficial velocities of oil and water in inclined oil-in-water pipe flows with a centre body. Measurement Science and Technology, 12 (9). pp. 1546-1554. ISSN 09570233

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Abstract

In this paper it is shown that a drift velocity model of the kind described by Hasan and Kabir can be used to accurately describe the behaviour of inclined oil-in-water flows with a centre body. It is shown, however, that values for the distribution parameter C0θ and single-droplet terminal rise velocity vtθ (which are both required by the drift velocity model) that have been suggested by Hasan and Kabir may be inappropriate for certain flow conditions. In particular, it is shown that the presence of a centre body, of the type used during production logging operations, can have a marked effect on the values of C0θ and vtθ. Finally the authors show that, for oil-in-water flows inclined at angles of up to 60° from the vertical, the drift velocity model can be used in conjunction with values of C0θ and vtθ obtained by calibration experiments to make reasonably accurate predictions of the superficial velocities of oil and water. For the range of flow conditions investigated in the present study it was found that the average percentage error in the predicted oil superficial velocity was equal to 0.4%, the standard deviation of the percentage error in the predicted oil superficial velocity was equal to 6.9% and the average absolute percentage error in the predicted oil superficial velocity was equal to 5.5%. The average percentage error in the predicted water superficial velocity was equal to -0.22%, the standard deviation of the percentage error in the predicted water superficial velocity was equal to 5.6% and the average absolute percentage error in the predicted water superficial velocity was equal to 3.59%. The results presented in this paper will allow better estimates of the volumetric flow rates of oil and water at a given location in the well to be made from measurements of the homogeneous velocity and the oil volume fraction obtained at this location during production logging operations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: UoA 25 (General Engineering)
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Schools: School of Computing and Engineering
School of Computing and Engineering > Systems Engineering Research Group
School of Computing and Engineering > High Performance Computing Research Group
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Depositing User: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2008 17:09
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2010 09:52
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/2307

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