An Explicit and Continuously Differentiable Flow Equation for Non-Newtonian Fluids in Pipes
- Kristian Gjerstad (Teknova AS and Aker Solutions) | B. Erik Ydstie (Carnegie Mellon University) | Rune W. Time (University of Stavanger) | Knut S. Bjørkevoll (SINTEF Petroleum Research)
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- February 2014
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A simple model approximates Herschel-Bulkley (HB) non-Newtonian fluids in laminar flow in pipes. It is continuously differentiable and explicit in the frictional pressure gradient. Such properties are needed for control, real-time optimization, and prediction in drilling operations. The accuracy of the new model is evaluated by comparing it with a numerical implementation of the implicit HB model and some representative approximations used in the literature. Very little loss in accuracy is experienced compared with the implicit solution.
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