Ultrasonic Imaging and Velocimetry in Two-Phase Pipe Flow

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S. L. Morriss, A. D. Hill

Department of Petroleum Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712

J. Energy Resour. Technol 115(2), 108-116 (Jun 01, 1993) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2905977 History: Received October 04, 1990; Revised February 16, 1993; Online April 16, 2008


This paper presents the first results of an experimental and theoretical investigation of the feasibility of using ultrasonic measurements in multiphase pipe flow. Extant downhole flow rate measurement technology used in the petroleum industry is not adequate in some multiphase flow regimes, particularly when the well is deviated from vertical. Ultrasonics offers Doppler velocity and imaging capabilities, both of which could be of great value in production logging. Some air-water measurements, both imaging and velocimetry, are presented, along with a discussion of pulsed Doppler theory.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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