Flow pattern transition prediction models are presented for oil–water flow in horizontal pipes. The transition between stratified and nonstratified flow is predicted using Kelvin–Helmholtz (KH) stability analysis for long waves. New, simplified, and more practical physical mechanisms/mechanistic models are proposed for the prediction of the transition boundaries to semidispersed and to fully dispersed flow. The proposed flow pattern classification significantly simplifies the flow pattern map for liquid–liquid flow and agrees well with the experimental data.
Oil–Water Flow Pattern Transition Prediction in Horizontal Pipes
Contributed by the Petroleum Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received June 6, 2014; final manuscript received September 1, 2015; published online November 12, 2015. Editor: Hameed Metghalchi.
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Torres, C. F., Mohan, R. S., Gomez, L. E., and Shoham, O. (November 12, 2015). "Oil–Water Flow Pattern Transition Prediction in Horizontal Pipes." ASME. J. Energy Resour. Technol. March 2016; 138(2): 022904. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4031608
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