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Subject/Keyword
Viscous flow
Pressure loss
Narrow slots
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Rashid,Md Ashker
Supervisor and department
Nobes, David (Mechanical Engineering)
Fleck, Brian (Mechanical Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Nobes, David (Mechanical Engineering)
Fleck, Brian (Mechanical Engineering)
McDonald, Andre (Mechanical Engineering)
Komrakova, Alexandra (Mechanical Engineering)
Department
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Specialization

Date accepted
2016-01-14T15:37:06Z
Graduation date
2016-06
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
An investigation was conducted to study the pressure loss characteristics of a highly viscous fluid flow across a sudden contraction. The objective of this work was to have a better understanding about the fluid flow phenomena across a narrow slot, which resembles the produced oil flow through the slotted liner during the SAGD operation. An extensive experimental work was undertaken along with the theoretical modelling for this research work. The pressure loss, the flow rate and the fluid viscosity were measured for different geometrical configuration of slots using an experimental setup. For a sudden contraction; slot width, aspect ratio, thickness to diameter ratio, diameter ratio and slot shape were varied over an appropriate range to encompass their effects on the pressure loss. The viscosity of the fluid was varied by varying the temperature within the range of 50 °C ≤T≤ 75 °C. The Pressure loss was normalized using kinetic energy and characteristics were observed for the operating range of Reynolds number (Re≤ 30). The results show that for this low region of Reynolds number, the pressure loss decreases with increasing Reynolds number. The theoretical model also predicts the same trend of pressure loss. Within the operating range of viscosity (40 cP
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doi:10.7939/R3GQ6R71F
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This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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