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Investigation of sand transport in an undulated pipe using computational fluid dynamics.

Tebowei, Roland; Hossain, Mamdud; Islam, Sheikh Zahidul; Droubi, Mohamad Ghazi; Oluyemi, Gbenga


Roland Tebowei

Sheikh Zahidul Islam

Mohamad Ghazi Droubi

Gbenga Oluyemi


A CFD model has been implemented to investigate the effects the pipe undulation on sand transport. Of particular interest of the present study is the sand deposition in small angled V-inclined bend relevant to oil and gas subsea flowlines where sand deposition could be a major problem. The model used is the two-fluid Eulerian-Eulerian model with the granular temperature to tackle the solid phase properties. A number of sub-models for tackling solid-fluid and fluid-fluid interaction has been incorporated in the modelling frame work to capture the transition of flow regimes. The simulation results show that the seemingly small angled V-inclined has significant impact on sand disposition compared to the horizontal section. Sand is deposited at the downstream section of the V-inclined pipe at much higher velocities compared to the minimum transport velocity of the horizontal pipe.


TEBOWEI, R., HOSSAIN, M., ISLAM, S.Z., DROUBI, M.G. and OLUYEMI, G. 2018. Investigation of sand transport in an undulated pipe using computational fluid dynamics. Journal of petroleum science and engineering [online], 162, pages 747-762. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 2, 2017
Online Publication Date Nov 6, 2017
Publication Date Mar 31, 2018
Deposit Date Nov 3, 2017
Publicly Available Date Nov 7, 2018
Journal Journal of petroleum science and engineering
Print ISSN 0920-4105
Electronic ISSN 1873-4715
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 162
Pages 747-762
Keywords Sand deposition; Eulerian model; V-inclined
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