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Erosion caused by sand particles is a serious problem facing the oil and gas industry. Predicting pipe erosion due to sand transport is a complex process in multiphase flows due to the complex nature of the flow. Existing erosion studies are however focused on single phase flow conditions [...]

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The developments of oil and gas fields in deep waters (5000 ft and more) will become more common in the future. It is inevitable that production systems will operate under multiphase flow conditions (simultaneous flow of gas, oil and water possibly along with sand, hydrates, and waxes). [...]

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In this work a review about the most relevant methods found in the literature to model the multiphase flow in pipelines is presented -- It includes the traditional simplified and mechanistic models, moreover, principles of the drift flux model and the two fluid model are explained [...]

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Steam-assisted gravity drainage method (SAGD) is an efficient technique for a heavy oil recovery which is characterized by values of recovery factor up to 0.8. This work is devoted to the three-dimensional field-scale numerical simulation of SAGD taking into account various kind of [...]

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It is well known that the solution by means of iterative methods of very ill-conditioned systems leads to very poor convergence rates. In this context, preconditioning becomes crucial in order to modify the spectrum of the system being solved and improve the performance of the solvers. [...]

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The accurate prediction of the curvature of fluid-fluid interfaces is crucial for appropriately modeling the surface forces when computing two-phase flows with immiscible fluids. The volume of fluid (VOF) method is often used for these computations to specify the different fluids [...]

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In this work, the application of an artificial neural network (ANN) is proposed to develop a predicting model for the holdup of a two-phase flow composed of water and mineral oil in a horizontal pipe. For this, the surface velocities of each fluid and the differential pressure in [...]

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In recent years, the authors and co-workers have developed a 3D finite element model for coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) problems in fractured rock masses. Zero-thickness interface elements are used for taking into account explicitly the effect of fractures and discontinuities [...]