Effects of salinity on solid particle settling velocity in non-Newtonian Herschel–Bulkley fluids Academic Article uri icon


  • AbstractSettling velocity or depositional velocity is considered a key parameter to account for in the drilling technology of oil and gas wells as well as hydrocarbon processing since an accurate estimation of this parameter allows the transport of cuttings efficiently, avoids non-productive time, and helps avoid costly problems. Understanding the settling velocity in fluid with high salinity will help for the better separation of oil and natural gas streams in processing facilities. Although a great amount of effort was given to rheology and settling velocity measurements for power-law fluid and Bingham fluids, there are limited studies available in the literature for HerschelBulkley (HB) fluid with salinity. The present study analyzes the fluid rheology of non-Newtonian fluids with, and without, salinity. Moreover, experiments have been conducted to measure the settling velocity of different diameters of solid particles through HerschelBulkley fluids with various salinity conditions. For the rheology analysis, it is found that higher weight percentages of NaCl lead to low values of shear stresses. As well, higher weight percentages of CaCl2 concentration result in a slight increase in shear stresses per a given shear rate. On the other hand, higher percentages of salt concentration cause an increase in the terminal velocity.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Moukhametov, R., Srivastava, A., Akhter, S., Bautista, J., Ferroudji, H., Hadear, H., Hassan, I., & Rahman, M. A.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Moukhametov, Robert||Srivastava, Anurag||Akhter, Syeda||Bautista, Jerahmeel||Ferroudji, Hicham||Hadear, Hassan||Hassan, Ibrahim||Rahman, Mohammad Azizur

publication date

  • August 2021