Hole Cleaning in Horizontal Wells Using Viscoelastic Fluids: An Experimental Study of Drilling-Fluid Properties on the Bed-Erosion Dynamics
- Mehmet Meric Hirpa (University of Alberta) | Ergun Kuru (University of Alberta)
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- October 2020
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- turbulent flow, viscoelastic fluids, hole cleaning, PIV
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An experimental study was conducted to determine the influence of fluid elastic properties on the critical velocity, frictional pressure drops, and the turbulent-flow characteristics of polymer-fluid flow over a sand bed deposited in a horizontal pipe. Fluids were prepared using a special technique, which allowed for the alteration of fluid elastic properties while keeping the shear viscosity constant. By conducting experiments under controlled conditions, we were able to quantify the individual effect of the fluid elasticity (independent from shear viscosity) on the critical flow rate for bed erosion and the turbulent-flow characteristics of polymer-fluid flow over the stationary sand bed. Results showed that higher critical velocities were required for the onset of the bed erosion when we use the fluid with higher elasticity.
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