The Influence of Interfacial Heat Exchange on Temperature Distribution in Horizontal Well with Stratified Flow

Tyumen State University Herald. Physical and Mathematical Modeling. Oil, Gas, Energy


2016, Vol. 2. №1

The Influence of Interfacial Heat Exchange on Temperature Distribution in Horizontal Well with Stratified Flow

About the authors:

Ramil F. Sharafutdinov, Dr. Sci. (Phys.-Math.), Professor, Department of Geophysics, Bashkir State University (Ufa);

Timur R. Khabirov, Cand. Sci. (Phys.-Math.), Assistant, Department of Geophysics, Bashkir State University (Ufa);

Nadezhda V. Novoselova, Senior Lecturer, Department of Multiphase Systems Mechanics, Tyumen State University;


The paper presents the influence of various parameters of oil-water flow in a horizontal well on the intensity of the interfacial heat exchange. The stratified flow regime with a one-dimensional computational model is analyzed. It is demonstrated that the distance required for the full alignment of the phase temperatures can be tens or hundreds of meters. Thermal conductivity and viscosity of oil, as well as the angle of inclination, have the greatest influence on the intensity of the interfacial heat exchange with the stratified flow regime. For more information on the production rate and composition of inflows for the study of such wells it is recommended to use temperature sensors distributed over the cross section of the well.


  1. Isachenko V. P., Osipova V. A., Sukomel A. S. 1975. Teploperedacha [Heat Transfer]. Moscow: Energiya.
  2. Kuznetsov Yu. N. 1989. Teploobmen v probleme bezopasnosti yadernykh reaktorov [Heat Transfer in the Problem of the Safety of Nuclear Reactors]. Moscow: Energoatomizdat.
  3. Livescu S., Aziz K., Durlofsky L. J. 2009. “Development and Application of a Fully-Coupled Thermal Compositional Wellbore Flow Model.” SPE Western Regional Meeting (March 24-26, San Jose, California).
  4. Muradov K. 2010. “Temperature Modeling and Real-Time Flow Rate Allocation in Well with Advanced Completion.” DP diss., Heriot-Watt University.
  5. Ramazanov A. Sh., Valiullin R. A., Sadretdinov A. A., Shako V. V., Pimenov V. P., Fedorov V. N., Belov K. V. 2010. “Termogidrodinamicheskie issledovaniya v skvazhine dlya opredeleniya parametrov priskvazhinnoi zony plasta i debitov mnogoplastovoi sistemy” [Thermal Modeling for Characterization of Near Wellbore Zone and Zonal Allocation]. Paper presented at SPE Russian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (October 26-28, Moscow).
  6. Taitel Y., Duckler A. E. 1976. “A Model for Predicting Flow Regime Transitions in Horizontal and Near Horizontal Gas-Liquid Flow.” AIChe Journal, no 22 (1), pp. 47-55.
  7. Vargaftik N. B. 1963. Spravochnik po teplofizicheskim svoistvam gazov i zhidkostei [Handbook of Thermophysical Properties of Gases and Liquids]. Moscow: Fizmatgiz.
  8. Wang Z. 2012. “The Uses of Distributed Temperature Survey (DTS) Data.” DP diss., Stanford University.
  9. Yoshioka K., Zhu D., Hill A. D., Dawkrajai P., Larry W. L. 2007. “Prediction of Temperature Changes Caused by Water or Gas Entry Into a Horizontal Well.” SPE Production & Operations, no 22 (4), pp. 425-433.