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A New Empirical Model for Foam Rheology

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Aboozar Soleymanzadeh

Department of Petroleum Engineering, Ahvaz Faculty of Petroleum, Petroleum University of Technology (PUT), Ahvaz, Iran, P.O. Box: 61991-71183
a.soleymanzadeh@put.ac.ir

Hamid Reza Erfani Gahrooei

Department of Petroleum Engineering, Ahvaz Faculty of Petroleum, Petroleum University of Technology (PUT), Ahvaz, Iran, P.O. Box: 61991-71183; School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science, The University of Manchester, M13 9PL, United Kingdom
hamidreza.erfanigahrooei@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk
hamiderfani@outlook.com
http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3023-0141

Vahid Joekar-Niasar

School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science, The University of Manchester, M13 9PL, United Kingdom
vjniasar@gmail.com

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4038385 History: Received July 18, 2017; Revised October 31, 2017

Abstract

Foam fluids are widely used in petroleum industry such as foam-enhanced hydrocarbon recovery, underbalanced drilling, and as proppant carrying fluid in hydraulic fracturing. The most important issue to be considered in foam behavior is foam rheology and specifically, apparent viscosity. Various models have been used in order to predict foam apparent viscosity, most of these equations are originally developed for suspension systems, containing rigid spherical particles, and therefore, they are unable to predict foam apparent viscosity with acceptable accuracy. In addition, the lack of a comprehensive model with usage in all foam qualities is still tangible in the literature. In this research, a new general empirical model with application in all foam qualities is proposed and validated against experimental data available in the literature. Despite the simplicity, results have near-unity correlation of determination (R2), which shows good agreement of the proposed model with experimental data. Additionally, a new definition for foam quality is presented, to be more representative of the foam texture.

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