Hilly-terrain pipelines consist of interconnected horizontal, uphill and downhill sections. Slug flow experiences a transition from one state to another as the pipe inclination angle changes. Normally, slugs dissipate if the upward inclination becomes smaller or the downward inclination becomes larger, and slug generation occurs vice versa. Appropriate prediction of the slug characteristics is crucial for the design of pipeline and downstream facilities. In this study, slug dissipation and generation in a valley pipeline configuration (horizontal-downhill-uphill-horizontal) were modeled by use of the method proposed by Zhang et al. The method was developed from the unsteady continuity and momentum equations for two-phase slug flow by considering the entire film zone as the control volume. Computed results are compared with experimental measurements at different air-mineral oil flow rate combinations. Good agreement is observed for the change of slug body length to slug unit length ratio.
Modeling of Slug Dissipation and Generation in Gas-Liquid Hilly-Terrain Pipe Flow
Contributed by the Petroleum Division for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received by the Petroleum Division; revised manuscript received Mar. 2003. Associate Editor: A. K. Wojtanowicz.
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Zhang , H., Al-Safran, E. M., Jayawardena, S. S., Redus, C. L., Sarica , C., and Brill, J. P. (August 29, 2003). "Modeling of Slug Dissipation and Generation in Gas-Liquid Hilly-Terrain Pipe Flow ." ASME. J. Energy Resour. Technol. September 2003; 125(3): 161–168. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1580847
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