Many methods exist in the literature for the determination of the interfacial friction factor in gas-liquid stratified flow. The purpose of this study is to compare and evaluate these methods against a large number of published experimental data.

Data analysis has revealed that currently available methods for calculating the interfacial friction factor are unsatisfactory. Until better methods become available, however, it is recommended to use the correlation developed by Andritsos & Hanratty (1987) for small diameter pipes (D ≤ 0.127 m or 5 in.) and to use a modified Duns & Ros correlation proposed by Baker et al. (1988) for large diameter pipes (D ≥ 0.127 m or 5 in.). Also, the method proposed by Shoham & Taitel (1984) can be used for the entire range of pipeline diameters.

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