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Evaluation of Void Fraction Correlations for the Statistical and Numerical Analysis of Two-Phase Flows Inside Producing Geothermal Wells

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A. Álvarez del Castillo, E. Santoyo, O. García-Valladares, P. Sánchez-Upton

Centro de Investigación en Energía (UNAM), Temixco, Morelos, México

Paper No. IMECE2008-68926, pp. 789-798; 10 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 10: Heat Transfer, Fluid Flows, and Thermal Systems, Parts A, B, and C
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 31–November 6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4871-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3840-2
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


The modeling of heat and fluid flow inside two-phase geothermal wells is a vital task required for the study of the production performance. Gas void fraction is one of the crucial parameters required for a better prediction of pressure and temperature gradients in two-phase geothermal wells. This parameter affects the correct matching between simulated and measured data. Modeling of two-phase flow inside wells is complex because two phases exist concurrently (exhibiting various flow patterns that depend on their relative concentrations, the pipe geometry, and the mass flowrate). A reliable modeling requires the precise knowledge of the two-phase flow patterns (including their transitions and some flow parameters). In this work, ten empirical correlations were used to estimate the gas void fraction in vertical-inclined pipes, and to evaluate their effect on the prediction of two-phase flow characteristics of some Mexican geothermal wells. High quality downhole pressure/ temperature logs collected from four producing geothermal wells were studied [Los Azufres, Mich. (Az-18); Los Humeros, Pue. (H-1), and Cerro Prieto, B.C. (M-90 and M-201)]. The pressure/ temperature gradients were simulated using an improved version of the wellbore simulator GEOPOZO, and the gas void fraction correlations. The simulated results were statistically compared with measured field data.

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