Applying CFD in the analysis of heavy oil - water two-phase flow in joints by using core annular flow technique

Authors

  • T Andrade
  • F Silva
  • S Neto
  • A Lima

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1260/1750-9548.7.2.137

Abstract

In the oil industry the multiphase flow occur throughout the production chain, from reservoir rock until separation units through the production column, risers and pipelines. During the whole process the fluid flows through the horizontal pipes, curves, connections and T joints. Today, technological and economic challenges facing the oil industry is related to heavy oil transportation due to its unfavourable characteristics such as high viscosity and high density that provokes high pressure drop along the flow. The coreflow technique consists in the injection of small amounts of water into the pipe to form a ring of water between the oil and the wall of the pipe which provides the reduction of friction pressure drop along the flow. This paper aim to model and simulate the transient two-phase flow (water-heavy oil) in a horizontal pipe and T joint by numerical simulation using the software ANSYS CFX® Release 12.0. Results of pressure and volumetric fraction distribution inside the horizontal pipe and T joint are presented and analysed

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Published

2013-06-30

How to Cite

Andrade, T., Silva, F., Neto, S. and Lima, A. (2013) “Applying CFD in the analysis of heavy oil - water two-phase flow in joints by using core annular flow technique”, The International Journal of Multiphysics, 7(2), pp. 137-152. doi: 10.1260/1750-9548.7.2.137.

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