Solids Transport in Multiphase Flows—Application to High-Viscosity Systems

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Matthew J. S. King, C. Paul Fairhurst, Trevor J. Hill

Upstream Technology Group, BP Exploration, Sunbury-upon-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 7LN, UK

J. Energy Resour. Technol 123(3), 200-204 (Mar 09, 2001) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1385382 History: Received November 05, 1999; Revised March 09, 2001
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Locus of transportation for a fixed particle size superimposed on a Taitel-Dukler 9 flow pattern map. This is for a 4-cP viscosity oil and 255-μm-dia particles.
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Locus of transportation for particle sizes larger and smaller than the laminar sublayer superimposed on a Taitel-Dukler 9 flow pattern map. This is for a 400-cP viscosity oil.
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Data collected at BHRg on solids transport in various pipe diameters for an air-water system. The flow pattern maps are calculated using the Taitel and Dukler 9 model.
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Comparison plot of the BHRg 214-in. i.d. solids data against the predictions of the model. Both lower (particle size smaller than boundary layer thickness) and upper (particle size greater than boundary layer thickness) are shown.
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Solids transport data collected by Rix 10 compared against the model. Flow pattern map taken from Taitel and Dukler 9.
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Schematic of the BP Amoco Sunbury test facility
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Detail of the slugs around the dip



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