Experimental study and predictions of pressure losses of fluids modeled as Herschel-Bulkley in concentric and eccentric annuli in laminar, transitional and turbulent flows

Vassilios C. Kelessidis, Panagiotis Dalamarinis, Roberto Maglione

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Experimental data is presented for the flow of bentonite-water dispersions, modeled as Herschel-Bulkley fluids, for the pressure loss at different flow rates covering laminar, transitional and turbulent flow regimes, while flowing in concentric and fully eccentric annuli. The concentric experimental data has been compared with predictions from a recently-introduced model which covers the full flow regimes for concentric annulus, while corrections for eccentricity, previously suggested for non-Newtonian fluids, have also been used to compare with eccentric data. Laminar flow data not only from this work but also from work from the literature is very well predicted while transitional and turbulent flow data are predicted with less accuracy, requiring improvements on predicting transition points. The corrections for eccentricity work well and can be used to accurately correct concentric annulus data. Turbulent non-Newtonian flow data exhibit a power law exponent relationship between flow rate and pressure loss smaller than the Newtonian case pointing out directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-312
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011



  • Annulus flow
  • Concentric
  • Eccentric
  • Laminar
  • Turbulent transitional flows drilling fluids
  • Water-bentonite dispersions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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