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Crude oil-water flow in horizontal pipes

Kroes, R.F. (2013) Crude oil-water flow in horizontal pipes.

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Abstract:Flow experiments are presented for three different crude oil - water systems in horizontal pipes. An Xray tomograph is used to determine the concentration distribution of water over the cross section of the pipe. The three crude oil - water systems showed different behavior than model oil - water systems in previously published studies, both in terms of the concentration distribution and the pressure gradient. An oil-water flow model has been developed by Amundsen et al. (2009). This model of the oil-water flow is tested against the experimental data. The model is able to replicate both the pressure gradient and the concentration distribution of crude oil - water flow for almost all operating conditions. The model does not apply in the region of transition from stratified to fully dispersed flow.
Item Type:Internship Report (Master)
Statoil, Norway
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:52 mechanical engineering
Programme:Mechanical Engineering MSc (60439)
Keywords:Crude oil, multiphas flow, experiments, modelling
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