The Impact of Orbital Motion of Drill Pipe on Pressure Drop of Non-Newtonian Fluids in Eccentric Annulus

Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences
Volume 65, No. 1, January 2020, Pages 94-108

Hicham Ferroudji1,*, Ahmed Hadjadj1, Mohammad Azizur Rahman2, Ibrahim Hassan3, Titus Ntow Ofei4, Ahmed Haddad5
1 Laboratory of Petroleum Equipment’s Reliability and Materials, Hydrocarbons and Chemistry Faculty, Université M’hamed Bougara, Boumerdes, Algeria
2 Department of Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Qatar
3 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Qatar
4 Department of Geoscience and Petroleum Norwegian University of Science & Technology S.P. Andersens veg 15a, 7031 Trondheim, Norway
5 Research Center in Industrial Technologies CRTI. BP 64, route de Dely-Ibrahim, Chéraga, Algiers, 16033 Algeria, Algeria
*Corresponding author: hichamf32@gmail.com

KEYWORDS

CFD approach; orbital motion; frictional pressure drop; non-Newtonian fluid; flow regime

ABSTRACT

For all drilling operation method used to explore a well, the hydraulics program design associated to the well must be carried out carefully. A wrong estimation of pressure drop of the drilling fluid in the annular space can induce several problems, like: stuck pipe, lost circulation and insufficient hole cleaning. ANSYS Fluent 18.2 code based on the finite volume method (FVM) is employed to evaluate the orbital motion impact of drill pipe on frictional pressure drop of non-Newtonian fluids (Ostwald-de Waele and Herschel-Bulkley models) flowing in laminar and turbulent regimes where the inner cylinder (drill pipe) makes an orbital motion around the centre of the outer cylinder (casing) and pure rotation around its own axis. Moreover, impact of the eccentricity on frictional pressure drop is discussed. Numerical results exhibit that as the Reynolds number increases, effect of the orbital motion speed of the inner cylinder becomes more severe on frictional pressure drop of the Ostwald-de Waele fluid for laminar regime. However, after a certain speed, frictional pressure drop begins to decrease. In addition, increase of the eccentricity induces a decrease of frictional pressure drop of the Ostwald-de Waele fluid in which this effect is more pronounced when the inner cylinder makes orbital motion for both laminar and turbulent regimes.

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MLA
Hicham, Ferroudji, et al. “The Impact of Orbital Motion of Drill Pipe on Pressure Drop of Non-Newtonian Fluids in Eccentric Annulus.” Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences 65.1 (2020): 94-108.

APA
Hicham, F., Ahmed, H., Mohammad Azizur, R., Ibrahim, H., Titus, N. O., & Ahmed, H.(2020). The Impact of Orbital Motion of Drill Pipe on Pressure Drop of Non-Newtonian Fluids in Eccentric Annulus. Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences, 65(1), 94-108.

Chicago
Hicham Ferroudji, Ahmed Hadjadj, Mohammad Azizur Rahman, Ibrahim Hassan, Titus Ntow Ofei and Ahmed Haddad. “The Impact of Orbital Motion of Drill Pipe on Pressure Drop of Non-Newtonian Fluids in Eccentric Annulus.” Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences. 65, no. 1 (2020): 94-108.

Harvard
Hicham, F., Ahmed, H., Mohammad Azizur, R., Ibrahim, H., Titus, N.O., and Ahmed, H., 2020. The Impact of Orbital Motion of Drill Pipe on Pressure Drop of Non-Newtonian Fluids in Eccentric Annulus. Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences 65(1), pp. 94-108.

Vancouver
Hicham F, Ahmed H, Mohammad Azizur R, Ibrahim H, Titus NO, Ahmed H. The Impact of Orbital Motion of Drill Pipe on Pressure Drop of Non-Newtonian Fluids in Eccentric Annulus. Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences. 2020;65(1): 94-108.

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