Study of the effect of condensate formation on performance predictions in a gas pipeline network

L. Mucharam, M. A. Adewumi

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Abstract

A unified model is presented for describing both single-phase and two-phase flow in complex gas pipeline networks. The form of the model is such that it can easily admit any energy-loss model that is expressible in a particular non-linear functional form of energy loss- flow rate relationship. Four popular single-phase gas pipeline design equations, namely, Darcy-Weishbach, Panhandle-A, Panhandle-B and Weymouth equations and a two-phase flow equations (Beggs-Brill) are used to test the development. All these tests are successful. A viable algorithm for solving the resulting equations is presented. Four field cases are analyzed using this model. Results show that Weymouth equation underpredicts pressure distribution for single-phase gas flow but predicts comparable pressure distribution to Beggs-Brill's two-phase model for two-phase flow in the network. The results further demonstrate significant effect of the presence of condensate on network performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages897-910
Number of pages14
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
EventProceedings of the SPE Production Operations Symposium - Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Duration: Apr 7 1991Apr 9 1991

Other

OtherProceedings of the SPE Production Operations Symposium
CityOklahoma City, OK, USA
Period4/7/914/9/91

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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