Simplified two-phase flow modeling in wellbores Academic Article uri icon


  • This study presents a simplified two-phase flow model using the drift-flux approach to well orientation, geometry, and fluids. For estimating the static head, the model uses a single expression for liquid holdup, with flow-pattern-dependent values for flow parameter and rise velocity. The gradual change in the parameter values near transition boundaries avoids discontinuity in the estimated gradients, unlike most available methods. Frictional and kinetic heads are estimated using the simple homogeneous modeling approach.We present a comparative study involving the new model as well as those that are based on physical principles, also known as semimechanistic models. These models include those of Ansari et al., Gomez et al., and steady-state OLGA. Two other widely used empirical models, Hagedorn and Brown and PE-2, are also included. The main ingredient of this study entails the use of a small but reliable dataset, wherein calibrated PVT properties minimizes uncertainty from this important source.Statistical analyses suggest that all the models behave in a similar fashion and that the models based on physical principles appear to offer no advantage over the empirical models. Uncertainty of performance appears to depend upon the quality of data input, rather than the model characteristics. 2010 Elsevier B.V.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering

author list (cited authors)

  • Hasan, A. R., Kabir, C. S., & Sayarpour, M.

citation count

  • 71

complete list of authors

  • Hasan, AR||Kabir, CS||Sayarpour, M

publication date

  • January 2010