Critical Fluid Velocities for Removing Cuttings Bed Inside Horizontal and Deviated Wells

Ozbayoglu M. E. , Saasen A., Sorgun M., Svanes K.

PETROLEUM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, cilt.28, sa.6, ss.594-602, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 28 Konu: 6
  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/10916460903070181
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.594-602


This study aims to estimate the critical fluid flow velocity for preventing the development of a stationary bed using empirical correlations valid for horizontal and highly inclined wellbores that can be easily used at the field. For this purpose, experiments have been conducted at METU-PETE Cuttings Transport Flow Loop for various conditions. Observations showed that a stationary bed is developed when the fuid velocity is less than 6.0 ft/s, and a critical fluid velocity of 8.0 ft/s is required to establish a no-bed condition. Results showed that the critical velocity and the thickness of the stationary bed, if developed, could be estimated with a reasonable accuracy.