Simulation of transients in natural gas pipelines

Junyang Zhou, M. A. Adewumi

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Transient flow of natural gas in pipelines is simulated without neglecting the inertia term. The governing equations constitute a non-homogeneous hyperbolic set of first-order quasilinear partial differential equations. The first-order, three-point, explicit Godunov scheme and the second-order, five-point, total variation diminishing (TVD) scheme are used to solve this set of equations. Two examples are simulated. The first is the propagation of a slow transient, with 24-hour cycle, in a 45-mile long, 8-in. inside diameter (ID) transmission pipeline, while the second is propagation of a fast transient in a 24-in., 300-ft long pipe. Comparisons between the predicted results and the measured data are fairly good and appear to be better than the predictions reported in the literature. This suggests that the mathematical model presented in the present study, which includes the inertia term in the momentum equation, is more realistic and the numerical schemes used are more robust.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-207
Number of pages6
JournalSPE Production and Facilities
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 1996


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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Zhou, J., & Adewumi, M. A. (1996). Simulation of transients in natural gas pipelines. SPE Production and Facilities, 11(4), 202-207.