We present a simplified drift-flux model for gas-liquid flow in pipes. The model is able to handle single and two-phase flow thanks to a particular choice of empirical slip law. A presented implicit numerical scheme can be used to rapidly solve the equations with good accuracy. Besides, it remains simple enough to be amenable to mathematical and control-oriented analysis. In particular, we present an analysis of the steady-states of the model that yields important considerations for drilling practitioners. This includes the identification of 4 distinct operating regimes of the system, and a discussion on the occurrence of slugging in underbalanced drilling.
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Control-Oriented Drift-Flux Modeling of Single and Two-Phase Flow for Drilling
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Aarsnes, UJF, Di Meglio, F, Evje, S, & Aamo, OM. "Control-Oriented Drift-Flux Modeling of Single and Two-Phase Flow for Drilling." Proceedings of the ASME 2014 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference. Volume 3: Industrial Applications; Modeling for Oil and Gas, Control and Validation, Estimation, and Control of Automotive Systems; Multi-Agent and Networked Systems; Control System Design; Physical Human-Robot Interaction; Rehabilitation Robotics; Sensing and Actuation for Control; Biomedical Systems; Time Delay Systems and Stability; Unmanned Ground and Surface Robotics; Vehicle Motion Controls; Vibration Analysis and Isolation; Vibration and Control for Energy Harvesting; Wind Energy. San Antonio, Texas, USA. October 22–24, 2014. V003T37A003. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DSCC2014-6121
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