This paper presents a physical model for predicting flow pattern, void fraction, and pressure drop during multiphase flow in vertical wells. The hydrodynamic conditions giving rise to various flow patterns are first analyzed. The method for predicting void fraction and pressure drop is then developed. In the development of the equations for pressure gradient, the contribution of the static head, frictional loss, and kinetic energy loss are examined. Laboratory data from various sources show excellent agreement with the model.

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