Date of Award

1990

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Petroleum Engineering

First Advisor

Adam T. Bourgoyne, Jr

Abstract

An experimental study for the determination of the gas fraction and gas velocity in the mud during gas kick control operations was performed. It consisted of two-phase flow of gas-water and gas-mud mixtures through a 14 m (46 ft) fully eccentric annular section of an experimental apparatus. The inclination from the vertical position was varied from 0$\sp\circ$ to 80$\sp\circ$. The results from these tests allowed the evaluation of a previous model for gas bubbles in vertical wells. They also provided support for modifications of that model concerning two aspects: extending its application to slanted wells and improving the simulation in vertical wells with non-newtonian fluids.

Pages

133

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