Eissa M. Al-Safran and James P. Brill
358 pp; Softcover
ISBN: 978-1-61399-492-4
Society of Petroleum Engineers
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Applied Multiphase Flow in Pipes and Flow Assurance - Oil and Gas Production delivers the most recent advancements in multiphase flow technology while remaining easy to read and appropriate for undergraduate and graduate petroleum engineering students.  Responding to the need for a more up-to-the-minute resource, this highly anticipated new book represents applications on the fundamentals with new material on heat transfer in production systems, flow assurance, transient multiphase flow in pipes and the TUFFP unified model. The complex computation procedure of mechanistic models is simplified through solution flowcharts and several example problems.  Containing over 50 solved example problems and 140 homework problems, this new book will equip engineers with the skills necessary to use the latest steady-state simulators available.


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by G.A. Gregory
on 6/12/2017
Applied Multiphase Flow in Pipes and Flow Assurance - Oil and Gas Production
The authors are to be commended for their excellent compilation and discussions of the technology and design considerations available for developing complex and reliable oil and gas production systems. For those studying Petroleum Engineering, it is an excellent textbook with its many worked example calculations, and numerous exercise problems for student assignments. For the practicing professional, it is an excellent source of information on how to deal with, not only the fluid flow and heat transfer technology, but also the practical operational problems relating to Flow Assurance. It is rare for a single book to satisfy the needs of both groups so well. I believe this publication should quickly be adopted as a standard reference book for both the academic and the industrial communities. G.A. Gregory, President Geo-Institute, PhD, Petroleum Engineering
by Khalid Aziz
on 6/7/2017
Applied Multiphase Flow in Pipes and Flow Assurance - Oil and Gas Production
This book provides a comprehensive treatment of topics of practical importance associated with single and multiphase flow in pipes. Liberal inclusion of examples in book will make it particularly suited as a textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses.
by Gene Kouba
on 6/7/2017
Applied Multiphase Flow in Pipes and Flow Assurance - Oil and Gas Production
During my career, Two-Phase Flow in Pipes, Dr. Brill's first book, and Transport Phenomena by Bird, Stewart, and Lightfoot were constant and reliable references in my technical library. My first copies became so worn that I had to purchase 2nd copies of each. Applied Multiphase Flow in Pipes... is a similar must-have reference for Flow Assurance engineers and anyone interested in multiphase flow. Please make it sturdy as it is sure to become a well-worn reference. Furthermore, I think it is a great companion volume to Dr. Shoham's book, Mechanistic Modeling of Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flow in Pipes. Kudos to Drs. Brill and Al-Safran and to SPE for offering such a valuable resource.
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Eissa Al-Safran is an associate professor of petroleum engineering and former vice dean for research and academic affairs at the College of Engineering and Petroleum at Kuwait University, and a visiting research professor at the petroleum engineering (PE) department at the University of Tulsa (TU). He is currently a visiting professor at the nuclear science and engineering department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Al-Safran is the founder and director of the Kuwait University Production Research Center and cofounder and associate director of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Production and Drilling research consortium.

James Brill
is a professor emeritus of petroleum engineering at TU. He formed the TU Fluid Flow Projects in 1973 and the TU Paraffin Deposition Projects in 1995 to fund experimental research on multiphase flow in pipes and flow-assurance problems. Multiphase-flow experimental data and prediction models developed by Brill and his colleagues and students have played a significant role in offshore and Arctic facilities design.


Table of Contents



Chapter 1 – Introduction to Multiphase Flow in Pipes

1.1 Definition of Multiphase Flow

1.2 Significance of Multiphase Pipe Flow in Oil and Gas Production

1.3 Petroleum Production System

1.4 Role of Production Engineer

1.5 Historical Overview of Multiphase Flow in Pipes

1.6 Future of Multiphase Flow in Pipes

Chapter 2 – Single-Phase Flow in Pipes

2.1 Objectives

2.2 Definitions

2.3 Conservation of Mass

2.4 Conservation of Linear Momentum

2.5 Pressure Gradient Equation

2.6 Compressible Single-Phase Flow

2.7 Non-Newtonian Flow

2.8 Chapter Key Learnings

2.9 Problems


Chapter 3 – Homogeneous Multiphase Flow in Pipes

3.1 Objectives

3.2 Definitions

3.3 Homogeneous Two-Phase Flow Concept

3.4 Homogeneous Flow Calculation Procedure

3.5 Two-Phase Flow Variables

3.6 Mixture Fluid Properties

3.7 Pressure Gradient Prediction

3.8 Homogeneous Model Application

3.9 Homogeneous Model Limitation

3.10 Drift Flux Model

3.11 Chapter Key Learnings

3.12 Problems


Chapter 4 – Nonhomogeneous Multiphase Flow in Pipelines

4.1 Objectives

4.2 Definitions

4.3 Nonhomogeneous Flow Calculation Procedure

4.4 Empirical Correlation vs. Mechanistic Modeling

4.5 Flow Pattern Concepts in Pipelines

4.6 What Governs Flow Patterns?

4.7 Flow Pattern Prediction

4.8 Liquid Holdup Prediction

4.9 Pressure Gradient Prediction

4.10 Problems


Chapter 5 – Nonhomogeneous Multiphase Flow in Wells

5.1 Objectives

5.2 Vertical vs. Horizontal Flow

5.3 Flow Pattern Concepts in Wells

5.4 Flow Pattern Prediction

5.5 Liquid Holdup Prediction

5.6 Pressure Gradient Prediction

5.7 Problems


Chapter 6 – Multiphase Flow Through Restrictions and Piping Components

6.1 Objectives

6.2 Fluid-Flow-Across-Restrictions Concepts

6.3 Calculation Procedure

6.4 Flow Through Wellhead Chokes

6.5 Critical/Subcritical Flow Regime Boundary

6.6 Flow Rate Through Wellhead Chokes

6.7 Flow Through Piping Components

6.8 Problems


Chapter 7 – Heat Transfer in Oil and Natural Gas Production Systems

7.1 Objectives

7.2 Heat Transfer Concepts

7.3 Heat Transfer Dimensionless Numbers

7.4 Heat Transfer Coefficients

7.5 Conservation of Energy

7.6 Solution Procedure

7.7 Heat Transfer Across a Restriction

7.8 Chapter Key Learnings

7.9 Problems


Chapter 8 – Flow Assurance in Oil and Natural Gas Production

8.1 Objectives

8.2 Definition, Relevant Phenomena, and Approach

8.3 Gas Hydrates

8.4 Wax (Paraffin)

8.5 Asphaltene

8.6 Terrain and Severe Slugging

8.7 Gas-Well Liquid Loading

8.8 Pipe Erosion

8.9 Integrated Flow Assurance Work-Flow Process (Putting It All Together)

8.10 Problems


Chapter 9 – Unified Modeling of Multiphase Flow in Pipes

9.1 Objectives

9.2 Tulsa University Fluid Flow Projects Unified Model

9.3 Computation Procedure

9.4 Example Problems

9.5 Problems


Chapter 10 – Overall Petroleum Production System Analysis

10.1 Objectives

10.2 Petroleum Production System

10.3 NODAL Analysis Applications


Chapter 11 – Introduction to Transient Multiphase Flow in Pipes

11.1 Objectives

11.2 Definitions and Significance

11.3 Transient Flow Applications

11.4 Transient, Steady-State, and Successive Steady-State Flows

11.5 Transient Modeling

11.6 Transient Multiphase Flow Commercial Software

11.7 Future of Transient Multiphase Flow


Appendix A – Nomenclature


Appendix B – Black-Oil Model for Fluid Properties

B.1 Objectives

B.2 Significance of Fluid Properties

B.3 Black-Oil Model

B.4 Thermal Fluid Properties

B.5 Undefined Petroleum Fraction Characterization

B.6 Problems


Appendix C – Compositional Model for Fluid Properties

C.1 Objectives

C.2 Compositional Model

C.3 Vapor/Liquid Equilibrium

C.4 Fluid Properties

C.5 Vapor and Liquid Volumetric Flow Rates

C.6 Problems



A Note from the Authors

About the Authors

Author Index

Subject Index

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