An experimental study of the inclination angle (±2° from horizontal) effects on high viscosity oil and gas two-phase flow has been conducted, and the available multiphase flow models/correlations have been evaluated using the acquired data.
The effect of pipe inclination on the slug flow characteristics of highly viscous oil-gas two-phase flow was studied based on 1,040 data points covering a wide range of experimental conditions and liquid viscosities in a 50.8-mm-ID pipe at 2° downward and upward inclinations from horizontal. The oil viscosity ranged from 155 cP to 587 cP. Superficial liquid and gas velocities varied from 0.1 m/s to 0.8 m/s and from 0.1 m/s to 5 m/s, respectively. The basic two-phase flow parameters and slug flow characteristics have been analyzed and compared with the past studies conducted for near horizontal pipes.