International Journal of Mathematical, Engineering and Management Sciences

ISSN: 2455-7749

CFD Modelling of Multi-Particulate Flow through Concentric Annulus

CFD Modelling of Multi-Particulate Flow through Concentric Annulus

Satish Kumar Dewangan
Mechanical Engineering Department, National Institute of Technology, Raipur, 492010, Chhatisgarh, India.

Vivek Deshmukh
Mechanical Engineering Department, National Institute of Technology, Raipur, 492010, Chhatisgarh, India.

DOI https://doi.org/10.33889/IJMEMS.2020.5.2.020

Received on December 26, 2018
Accepted on August 31, 2019


In this investigation, flow of multiparticulate lodaded liquid through concentric annulus has been considered with the consideration of rotating inner wall. The present work guides the research studies for petroleum industries in the field of wellbore drilling. The hole-cleaning issue is of utmost importance for the wellbore drilling applications. In oil-well drilling, the horizontal drilling is given more priority. The behaviour of hole cleaning is analyzed through various parameters like axial inlet flow velocity of particulate flow, inner cylinder rotational speed and inlet solid cuttings particle concentration. The effect of these aforementioned parameters on the distribution of solid-phase concentration is studied. Flow is taken as steady, incompressible and multi-particulate slurry flow with primary medium (which carries the solid phase) being water and silica sand with 6 different sizes as the six different phases. The present flow simulation has been done by taking the Eulerian approach. The shape of Silica sand is considered as spherical. ANSYS FLUENT has been used for modelling and solution. Graphs for comparison are obtained using Microsoft Excel.

Keywords- Multi-particulate flow, Concentric annulus, Drilling fluids, Slurry flow, Bed formation.


Dewangan, S. K., & Deshmukh, V. (2020). CFD Modelling of Multi-Particulate Flow through Concentric Annulus. International Journal of Mathematical, Engineering and Management Sciences, 5(2), 248-259. https://doi.org/10.33889/IJMEMS.2020.5.2.020.

Conflict of Interest

The authors confirm that there is no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.


The authors are grateful to the NIT Raipur (C.G.) India for all letting us to avail the facility of the ANSYS FLUENT software in the computer lab for the simulation and Institute library.


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