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A Comparison of Oil-Water Flow and Oil-Gas Flow in Capillary Model

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Yihe Zhang, Liming Dai

University of Regina, Regina, SK, Canada

Paper No. IMECE2012-87720, pp. 1041-1046; 6 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 4: Dynamics, Control and Uncertainty, Parts A and B
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 9–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4520-2
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


A capillary model is employed to study the slug flow behavior in pore structure. Oil-water system and oil-gas system are investigated in the experiments. During the flow process, it is observed that the wetting phase liquid will generate a thin liquid film on the inner surface of the tube wall, and the liquid film plays an important role in capillary flow. At the meantime, the pressure drop across the tube is recorded during the experiment, result shows that the pressure drop magnitude is proportional to the oil slug length, while it is not significantly affected by the liquid injecting velocity.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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