Pressure-Minimization Method for Prediction of Two-Phase-Flow Splitting
Looped gas/liquid multiphase-flow pipelines are used by the oil and gas industry to reduce pressure drop and increase flow capacity. They can be installed alone as a flow splitter or combined in series to form a manifold. Application of looped lines is not unique to the petroleum industry; they are also applied in other industries such as nuclear and chemical. However, there has not yet been a comprehensive fundamental investigation of the flow behavior or predictive methods available for such systems because of the complexity involved with respect to process variables such as flow patterns, fluid properties, phase velocities, and pipe geometry.
Uneven splitting of the gas and liquid phases between the two looped lines can cause malfunction of the downstream processing equipment; therefore, a total of 65 experiments at different flow conditions in a looped-lines system using different-diameter looped-line configurations are conducted in this study to investigate the pressure drop during uneven flow splitting. Most of the experiments are carried out with slug flow at the system inlet, while flow patterns such as slug flow, dispersed flow, and stratified flow are observed in the looped pipes. A computational algorithm is developed for predicting gas/liquid two-phase-flow splitting in the looped lines on the basis of energy minimization. The algorithm predicts the uneven splitting of the two phases and the corresponding pressure drop across the loop. Additionally, the model shows that maximum pressure drop occurs when there is equal splitting in the looped lines. Good agreements have been achieved between the measured and predicted flow splitting and pressure drop across the looped lines.
Will LNG Drive Asia’s Sustainable Future?
Coal remains the biggest challenge to LNG in Asia.
LNG Market Stands at Infrastructure Crossroads
More flexible approaches to financing, production, and trading are crucial to meeting world’s needs, new study finds.
Calcasieu Pass Gets LNG Export OK From DOE
Latest federal approval authorizes US LNG exports to non-FTA countries.
Don't miss out on the latest technology delivered to your email every two weeks. Sign up for the OGF newsletter. If you are not logged in, you will receive a confirmation email that you will need to click on to confirm you want to receive the newsletter.
05 April 2019
05 April 2019