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Subject/Keyword
Extended Reach Wells
Horizontal Drilling
Horizontal Annuli
Solids Transport
Tubulent Flow
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Rodriguez Corredor, Fabio E
Supervisor and department
Kuru, Ergun (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Reformat, Marek (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Babadagli, Tayfun (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Department
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Specialization
Petroleum Engineering
Date accepted
2013-09-26T20:05:13Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Fully developed turbulent flow of water and drag reducing fluids through a horizontal flow loop with concentric annular geometry (inner to outer pipe radius ratio = 0.4) was investigated using the Particle Image Velocimetry technique. Experiments were conducted at solvent Reynolds numbers ranged from 17,700 to 66,900. Initially, the study was focused on analyses of the mean flow and turbulence statistics such as near wall velocity profile, Reynolds stress distribution, axial and radial velocity fluctuations, vorticity fluctuations and turbulent kinetic energy budget. The hole cleaning experiments were also conducted using water and drag reducing fluids. Critical velocities for the initiation of cuttings movement with rolling, saltation/dunes, and suspension modes were determined and compared when using water and drag reducing fluids as a carrier fluid. Critical velocities for the initiation of cuttings movement were found to be lower with water than that of drag reducing fluid in all transport modes.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3VM43576
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
Citation for previous publication
Rodriguez-Corredor, F.E., Bizhani, M., Kuru, E., and Ashrafuzzaman, M., 2012, “An experimental investigation of turbulent flow in concentric annulus using particle image velocimetry technique,” ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE), Technical paper. Houston, Texas, US.Rodriguez-Corredor, F.E., Bizhani, M., and Kuru, E., 2013, “An experimental investigation of turbulent drag reduction in concentric annulus using particle image velocimetry technique,” Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, Technical paper. Nantes, France.Rodriguez-Corredor, F.E., Bizhani, M., and Kuru, E., 2013, “An experimental study of the effect of drag reducing additive on the structure of turbulence in concentric annular pipe flow using particle image velocimetry technique,” ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE), Technical paper. San Diego, California, US.

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