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Solids Transport with Turbulent Flow of Non-Newtonian Fluid in the Horizontal Annuli Open Access


Other title
PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry)
Solid transport
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Bizhani, Majid
Supervisor and department
Ergun Kuru/ Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Examining committee member and department
Trivedi Japan J - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Sina Ghaemi - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
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Master of Science
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An experimental investigation of turbulent non-Newtonian fluid flow and solids transport in horizontal concentric annulus is the main subject matter of this research. In the first part of this research, turbulent flow of water and non-Newtonian fluids in horizontal annuli were investigated by using the state of the art Particle Image Velocimetry technique. Different aspects of turbulent flow such as frictional pressure losses, velocity profiles, shear stress distributions and near wall turbulent intensities were analysed. In the second part of the study, solid transport experiments were conducted using turbulent flow of water and polymer fluids. Various flow patterns of particle transport (i.e. dunes or separated sand clusters) were identified. Critical velocity and pressure loss required for initiating particle movement in different transport mode (i.e. rolling or saltation) were determined. Effects of fluid rheology (water vs. non-Newtonian fluid) and cuttings size (fine vs. coarse particles) on the critical conditions were investigated.
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Citation for previous publication
Bizhani M., Rodriguez-Corredor F. E, Kuru E., 2013, “An Experimental Study of Turbulent Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow in Concentric Annuli Using particle Image Velocimetry Technique”, ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE), November 13-21, 2013, San Diego, California, USARodriguez-Corredor F. E., Bizhani M., Ashrafuzzaman M., Kuru E.,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

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