CIESC Journal ›› 2016, Vol. 67 ›› Issue (S1): 181-185.doi: 10.11949/j.issn.0438-1157.20160570

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Foam lamellae flow rheology in converging-diverging tubes

DU Dongxing1, ZHANG Jian1, SU NRui1, WANG Chengcheng1, ZHANG Jian1, LI Yingge2   

  1. 1 College of Electromechanical Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266061, Shandong, China;
    2 College of Automation and Electronic Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042, Shandong, China
  • Received:2016-04-28 Revised:2016-05-08 Online:2016-08-31 Published:2016-08-31
  • Supported by:

    supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51476081).


Corresponding to the foam flow characteristics in the reservoir media, experimental studies were carried out concerning CO2 and N2 foam lamellae flow rheology in a converging-diverging tube. Non-dimensional parameters of ΔpD/δ and (3μU/σ)2/3 were determined based on two-phase assumption of the foam fluid. Clear linear relationships between the two non-dimensional parameters were observed for both CO2 and N2 foam lamellae flow with various threshold values, which indicates startup pressure is needed to initiate the foam flow. Compared to CO2 foam, N2 foam shows higher flow resistance. While compared to the case in a straight tube, the lamellae flow in the tube with varying diameters has higher pressure drops. It is concluded instead of the power law model, the Herschel-Bulkley type rheology model could be more suitable for describing foam flow mechanism in porous media.

Key words: foam, converging-diverging tube, rheology, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, non-dimensional analysis

CLC Number: 

  • O359+.1
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