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On the natural convection heat transfer in the casing annulus of oil wells

Shoushtari, M.A. and Al-Kayiem, Hussain H. and Aja, Ogboo Chikere (2011) On the natural convection heat transfer in the casing annulus of oil wells. In: Asian Conference on Science and Social Science Research2011, ACSSSR2011, 22-23 June 2011, Gurney Hotel, Penang, Malaysia.

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Abstract

Radial heat transfer between the inner pipe fluid flow and the formation surrounding the oil wells occurs by overcoming various resistances in series. The major resistance is within the annular space between the wellbore tubing and the casing; and it is crucial to estimate the convection heat transfer coefficient in this apace. The present work aims to investigate the nature, and predict the natural convection heat transfer coefficient in the annulus, which is hard to predict due to the large length-to-spacing ratio (aspect ratio). The approach to model the natural convection heat transfer in this work is by analytical and numerical techniques. The annular space between the tubing and the casing was treated as a finite space bounded by walls and filled with fluid media (enclosures). Correlations for vertical enclosures were employed in the study. The flow field of such a case was modeled and simulated for numerical analysis, using ANSYS-FLUENT – 12 software package. Some boundary parameters have been defined by the user and fed to the software. The predicted values of Nusselt numbers from both, analytical and numerical were compared with those of previous experimental investigations. Keywords: Annular natural convection, Casing annulus, Numerical analysis, Oil wells.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects:Q Science > Q Science (General)
T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
Academic Subject Three:petroleum engineering
Departments / MOR / COE:Research Institutes > Energy
ID Code:7360
Deposited By: Assoc Prof Hussain H. Al-Kayiem
Deposited On:10 Jan 2012 00:12
Last Modified:20 Mar 2017 01:59

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