Full Content is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >

Towards the Comprehensive Modeling of Multiphase Fluid Flow Pumping Systems Using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH)

[+] Author Affiliations
M. S. Zaman, S. Hossein Mousavizadegan, M. G. Satish, M. Rafiqul Islam

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Paper No. OMAE2007-29592, pp. 845-848; 4 pages
  • ASME 2007 26th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 2: Structures, Safety and Reliability; Petroleum Technology Symposium
  • San Diego, California, USA, June 10–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4268-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3799-8
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Multiphase pumping is a viable option in hydrocarbon production at different conditions and especially in more challenging environments. A multiphase pump system can boost pressure without the need to separate the phases and occupies less space and weight, which is valuable for offshore applications. Sub-sea multiphase pumping in deepwater will be reliable, bringing a new economic dimension to the development of satellite oil fields. It is necessary to study the different scenarios that may happen during the transferring of a multiphase fluid through the piping systems. The flow patterns transition in horizontal pipes has been studied theoretically using the smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH). SPH is a Lagrangian approach, with the particles themselves being the framework on which the fluid equations are solved, and so there is no grid to constrain the dynamic range or geometry of the system being modeled. In the Lagrangian formulation, the mesh follows the fluid motion and this automatically guarantees the accurate treatment of interfaces that is really a disadvantage of the Eulerian approach. Therefore, for multi-material (oil, water, gas and also sand) problems, Lagrangian method is the most accurate tool for tracking the material interfaces. In addition, geometrically complex and/or dynamic boundaries can be handled without undue difficulty. The simultaneous flow of air and water as two representing fluids are studied through a horizontal pipe using SPH method. The mathematical model is represented and the position of the fluids particles is obtained at different time steps. The objective is to simulate the flow patterns that will help us to design multiphase fluid pumping systems and to identify the variables of interest for instrumentation.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



Interactive Graphics


Country-Specific Mortality and Growth Failure in Infancy and Yound Children and Association With Material Stature

Use interactive graphics and maps to view and sort country-specific infant and early dhildhood mortality and growth failure data and their association with maternal

Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In