Description

Computational Rheology for Pipeline and Annular Flow develops and applies modern analytical and computational finite difference methods for solving flow problems in drilling and production. It also provides valuable insights into flow assurance analysis in subsea pipeline design. Using modeling techniques that simulate the motion of non-Newtonian fluids, e.g., power law, Bingham plastic, and Herschel-Bulkley flows, this book presents proven annular flow methodologies for cuttings transport and stuck pipe analysis based on detailed experimental data obtained from highly deviated and horizontal wells. These methods are applied for highly eccentric borehole geometries to the design of pipeline bundles in subsea applications, where such annular configurations arise in velocity and thermal modeling applications. Also covered extensively are the design and modeling of pipelines having non-circular cross-sections, where deviations from ideal circular geometries arise from plugging due to wax deposition and the presence of hydrates and asphaltenes. As in the case of annular flows, the new algorithms apply to fluids with general rheological description; for example, the methods show very precisely how flow rate and pressure gradient vary nonlinearly in practical problem situations.

Key Features

* Includes Windows-based software that contains highly integrated, user-friendly color-graphics algorithms (available via the Gulf Professional Publishing website at www.gulfpp.com) * Provides valuable insights into flow assurance analysis. * Contains new algorithms on annular flows and fluids with general rheological descriptions supply solutions to practical problems.

Readership

chemical engineers, petroleum engineers

Table of Contents

Basic Rheological Notions And Modeling Concepts; Industrial Applications; Fundamental Mathematical And Numerical Ideas; Eccentric Annular Flow; Concentric Rotating Flow; Recirculating Vortex Flows; Applications To Drilling And Production; Annular Modeling For Bundled Pipelines; Pipe Flow Modeling In General Ducts; Flow In Clogged Pipelines; Pipe Bends; Advanced Modeling Methods

Details

No. of pages:
272
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2001
Published:
Imprint:
Gulf Professional Publishing
Print ISBN:
9780884153207
Electronic ISBN:
9780080502489

About the author

Wilson C. Chin, PhD

Wilson Chin is currently President and Founder of Stratamagnetic Software, LLC. Started in 1999, his company develops scientific models for oil and gas exploration and production clients such as Baker Hughes, CNPC, Halliburton, Schlumberger, and the US Department of Energy. Previously, he worked for Halliburton, BP, Schlumberger and Boeing. He has published 13 books focused on reservoir engineering, formation evaluation, sensor design, drilling, and computational methods. He was also recently a Consultant for GE Oil and Gas MWD design. Wilson has also taught at the University of Houston as an Adjunct Professor and has earned awards and partnerships through the US Department of Energy as well as over 70 patents. Wilson has authored multiple conference papers and journal articles. He earned a B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering and Applied Math from New York University, a M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from California Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Physics, Math, and Aerospace from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

President and Founder, Stratamagnetic Software LLC, Texas, USA