Vol.17, No.2, 2021, pp.371-383, doi:10.32604/fdmp.2021.011486
A Pressure-Drop Model for Oil-Gas Two-Phase Flow in Horizontal Pipes
  • Xinke Yang1, Shanzhi Shi1, Hui Zhang1, Yuzhe Yang2,3, Zilong Liu2,3, Ruiquan Liao2,3,*, Joseph X. F. Ribeiro4
1 Engineer Technology Research Institute of Xinjiang Oilfield Company, Karamay, 834000, China
2 School of Petroleum Engineering, Yangtze University, Wuhan, 430100, China
3 Laboratory of Multiphase Pipe Flow of Gas Lift Innovation Center, CNPC (Yangtze University), Wuhan, 430100, China
4 Kumasi Technical University, Kumasi, Ghana
* Corresponding Author: Ruiquan Liao. Email:
Received 11 May 2020; Accepted 12 January 2021; Issue published 02 April 2021
The accurate prediction of the pressure distribution of highly viscous fluids in wellbores and pipelines is of great significance for heavy oil production and transportation. The flow behavior of high-viscosity fluids is quite different with respect to that of low-viscosity fluids. Currently, the performances of existing pressure-drop models seem to be relatively limited when they are applied to high-viscosity fluids. In this study, a gas-liquid two-phase flow experiment has been carried out using a 60 mm ID horizontal pipe with air and white oil. The experimental results indicate that viscosity exerts a significant influence on the liquid holdup and pressure drop. At the same gas and liquid volume, both the liquid holdup and pressure drop increase with an increase in the viscosity. Combining two existing models, a modified pressure drop method is developed, which is applicable to horizontal pipes for different viscosities and does not depend on the flow pattern. This new method displays a high accuracy in predicting the new experimental data presented here and other published data in literature.
Horizontal pipe; different viscosities; pressure drop model; gas-liquid two-phase flow
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Yang, X., Shi, S., Zhang, H., Yang, Y., Liu, Z. et al. (2021). A Pressure-Drop Model for Oil-Gas Two-Phase Flow in Horizontal Pipes. FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, 17(2), 371–383.
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