A Study Of Normal Slug Flow In An Offshore Production Facility With a Large Diameter Flowline
- Enrique Guzmán Vázquez (National Autonomous University of Mexico) | Yuri V. Fairuzov (U Nacional Autonoma de Mexico)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Production & Operations
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- February 2009
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- Journal Paper
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- 2009. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 4.1.5 Processing Equipment, 4.3.4 Scale, 4.1.2 Separation and Treating, 3.1.7 Progressing Cavity Pumps, 3.1.6 Gas Lift, 5.3.2 Multiphase Flow, 4.2 Pipelines, Flowlines and Risers, 4.3 Flow Assurance, 4.2.4 Risers
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Normal (hydrodynamic) slug flow in a pipeline/riser system was studied theoretically and experimentally in this paper. Experimental data were obtained for slug flow in which the length of liquid slugs was larger than the riser height. A transient mechanistic model of this phenomenon was also developed. A good agreement between the model predictions and experimental data was achieved. Simulations of slug flow in an offshore production system with a large-diameter pipeline were performed by use of the developed model. The simulation revealed that long hydrodynamic slugs can accelerate in the riser to a velocity five times greater than the average slug velocity in the pipeline. This fact should be accounted for in the development of operating strategies for such production systems.
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