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An improved method for applying the lockhart–martinelli correlation to three-phase gas–liquid–solid horizontal pipeline flows

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E-mail: sean.sanders@ualberta.ca

Abstract

Three-phase (G/L/S) horizontal pipe flow data collected from the literature are used to evaluate the performance of a number of correlations designed to predict the pipeline pressure gradient. In the present study, a number of popular two-phase gas–liquid pressure loss correlations were modified for three-phase flow predictions. The primary modification is to assume that the slurry (L/S) mixture behaves as a singlephase. The modified Dukler and the Beggs and Brill correlations did not provide accurate estimates of the three-phase pressure gradients. When the classical Lockhart–Martinelli (L–M) correlation was used, along with a kinematic friction loss model to calculate the slurry (L/S) superficial flow pressure gradient, accurate predictions of the three-phase (G/L/S) pressure gradient were obtained provided the slurry did not exhibit non-Newtonian behaviour and that Coulombic (sliding bed) friction was negligible. Additional experiments should be conducted before the improved version of the L–M correlation is applied to commercial installations with pipe diameters greater than 100 mm.

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