Flow in Perforated Pipes: A Comparison of Models and Experiments

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A model of pressure losses in perforated pipes that includes the influence of inflow through the pipe walls compares favorably with past and recent experimental studies. The single-phase model was developed in 1987, but it is not generally known in the petroleum industry. This model is compared to three experiments: one using air and two using water. The model must be manipulated to conform with the way individual experimenters report their findings. In general there is good agreement. Where there is poor agreement, the cause may be experimental artifacts. A second model fails to match experimental results when the pipe geometry changes significantly.