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An Experimental and Analytical Study of Single-Phase Liquid Flow in a Horizontal Well

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H. Yuan, C. Sarica, S. Miska, J. P. Brill

Petroleum Engineering Department, The University of Tulsa, 600 South College Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74104-3189

J. Energy Resour. Technol 119(1), 20-25 (Mar 01, 1997) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2794217 History: Received November 01, 1995; Revised December 05, 1996; Online November 06, 2007

Abstract

A new test facility was designed and constructed to simulate flow in a horizontal well with a single perforation. A total of 635 tests were conducted with Reynolds numbers ranging from 5000 to 60,000 with influx to main rate ratios ranging from 1/5 to 1/100, and also for the no-influx case. The flow behavior in a single-perforation new friction expression for a single-perforation horizontal well was developed. A new simple correlation for the horizontal well friction factor was developed by applying experimental data to the general friction factor expression. The new friction factor correlation and experimental data were compared with the Asheim et al. (1992) data and model, and showed that the new correlation performed better than the Asheim et al. (1992) model.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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