An inverse dispersed multiphase flow model for liquid production rate determination

S. Guet*, O. M.H. Rodriguez, R. V.A. Oliemans, N. Brauner

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to develop a model for the determination of the superficial velocities in horizontal and slightly inclined oil-water pipe flow conditions by using pressure gradient and mixture density information. In this article an inverse model is suggested for a dispersion of oil in water and of water in oil. This approach permits to select dispersed flow conditions from a set of experimental data, and uses a new hybrid model for the effective viscosity. A set of 310 oil-water experimental data points collected on an experimental set-up of length L = 15 m and diameter D = 8.28 cm at various (slight) orientations is used to validate the inverse method. The comparison between model reconstructions and measured flow velocities show a reasonable agreement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-567
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Multiphase Flow
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2006

Funding

FundersFunder number
Shell Exploration and Production Company

    Keywords

    • Dispersed regime
    • Drop size
    • Effective viscosity
    • Inverse model
    • Liquid-liquid flow

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