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Comparative study of yield-power law drilling fluids flowing through annulus

Ozbayoglu, M. E.
Omurlu, C.
An exact solution for calculating the frictional pressure losses of yield-power law (YPL) fluids flowing through concentric annulus is proposed. A solution methodology is presented for determining the friction factor for laminar and nonlaminar flow regimes. The performance of the proposed model is compared to widely used models as well as the experimental results of 10 different mud samples obtained from the literature. The results showed that the proposed model could estimate the frictional pressure losses with an error of less than 10% in most cases for both laminar and nonlaminar flow regimes, more accurately than the widely used models available in the literature.