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

  • Author / Creator
    Bizhani, Majid
  • 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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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R37S7J16K
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. 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.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Specialization
    • Petroleum Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Ergun Kuru/ Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Sina Ghaemi - Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Trivedi Japan J - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering