Modeling and Experimental Study of Newtonian Fluid Flow in Annulus

SORGUN M., Ozbayoglu M. E. , AYDIN İ.

JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, vol.132, no.3, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 132 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1115/1.4002243
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: light drilling fluid, frictional pressure loss, concentric, eccentric, CFD, annulus, finite difference approximation, ECCENTRIC ANNULI
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


A major concern in drilling operations is the proper determination of frictional pressure loss in order to select a mud pump and avoid any serious problems. In this study, a mechanistic model is proposed for predicting the frictional pressure losses of light drilling fluid, which can be used for concentric annuli. The experimental data that were available in the literature and conducted at the Middle East Technical University-Petroleum Engineering (METU-PETE) flow loop as well as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software are used to verify the results from the proposed mechanistic model. The results showed that the proposed model can estimate frictional pressure losses within a +/- 10% error interval when compared with the experimental data. Additionally, the effect of the pipe eccentricity on frictional pressure loss and tangential velocity using CFD for laminar and turbulent flow is also examined. It has been observed that pipe eccentricity drastically increases the tangential velocity inside the annulus; especially, the flow regime is turbulent and frictional pressure loss decreases as the pipe eccentricity increases. [DOI: 10.1115/1.4002243]