In this paper, results are presented from an experimental comparison between a light hydrocarbon system from the North Sea and a model oil system in pipe flow. The experiments were carried out in order to compare similar fluid systems (density, viscosity, oil-water interfacial tension) with respect to pressure drop and flow pattern for horizontal flow. The results show significant deviations with respect to pressure drop and flow patterns for two and three-phase flow. This may contribute to the explanation of the discrepancies often revealed between multiphase models and measurements on multiphase flowlines in the oil and gas industry.
An Experimental Comparison Between a Recombined Hydrocarbon-Water Fluid and a Model Fluid System in Three-Phase Pipe Flow
Contributed by the Petroleum Division and presented at the ETCE/OMAE2000, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 14–17, 2000, of THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS. Manuscript received by the Petroleum Division, October 28, 1999; revised manuscript received June 11, 2001. Associate Editor: C. Sarica.
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Utvik , O. H., Rinde, T., and Valle, A. (June 11, 2001). "An Experimental Comparison Between a Recombined Hydrocarbon-Water Fluid and a Model Fluid System in Three-Phase Pipe Flow ." ASME. J. Energy Resour. Technol. December 2001; 123(4): 253–259. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1410365
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