Repeatability in a multiphase pipe flow case study
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionInternational Journal of Multiphase Flow. 2021, 147 . 10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2021.103886
A high degree of repeatability is most often an underlying assumption for research and development based on multiphase flow experiments. In this paper repeatability in multiphase flow experiments are studied through an experimental campaign with 28 replicates for 11 unique settings. The experiments were conducted in a flow loop with multiple injections of oil, water and air. A high degree of repeatability was found, with relative replicate deviations in volume flow rates and pressure drops of 0.1% in magnitude. Further, several potential causes of replicate deviations were studied, and firmer control of temperature of the inflow fluids is proposed as a means to improve repeatability in volume flow rates and pressure. We conclude that for practical use, the presented category of multiphase experiments sufficiently meets underlying repeatability assumptions.