Two-phase coriolis mass flow metering with high viscosity oil

Michael Tombs, Feibiao Zhou, Manus Henry

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Previous work has described the use of Coriolis mass flow metering for multiphase flows, with applications in the oil and gas industry. This paper describes the development and testing of a Coriolis two-phase flow metering solution for nitrogen/synthetic oil mixtures with viscosities ranging from 50 cSt to 500 cSt, and with Gas Volume Fractions (GVFs) ranging from 0% to 90%. Formal trials took place at the UK National Flow Laboratory. A single synthetic oil was used; its viscosity was adjusted by controlling temperature. The results show that Coriolis metering is well suited to high viscosity oil/gas mixtures: in the formalized trials, mass flow errors for gas were mostly within 5% and for liquid were mostly within 2.5%. Achieving this accuracy up to 90% GVF represents an advance on previous work, which has been limited to around 50% GVF for low viscosity oils in two-phase and three-phase mixtures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-27
Number of pages5
JournalFlow Measurement and Instrumentation
Early online date22 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Flow Measurement and Instrumentation. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, [59] (2017)] DOI: 10.1016/j.flowmeasinst.2017.11.009

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  • Coriolis
  • High viscosity oil
  • Mass flow
  • Multi phase flow
  • Neural net
  • Oil and gas
  • Two phase flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Instrumentation
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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