Electrorheology improves transportation of crude oil

Hong Tang, Ke Huang, R. Tao

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Abstract

A system to simulate crude oil flow in pipeline is established in our lab. The system measures the crude oil flow rate with or without the electric field treatment. With this system, it is demonstrated that the crude oil flow rate is increased by about 20% after an electric field of 12000V/cm is applied in the direction parallel to the flow direction. The electric energy for this electric field treatment is very small and oil temperature is almost unchanged. The electrorheology induced thinning effect will have significant application in crude oil pipeline transportation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationElectro-Rheological Fluids and Magneto-Rheological Suspensions - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference
Pages46-52
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2011
Event12th International Conference on Electrorheological Fluids and Magnetorheological Suspensions, ERMR 2010 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Aug 16 2010Aug 20 2010

Publication series

NameElectro-Rheological Fluids and Magneto-Rheological Suspensions - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference

Other

Other12th International Conference on Electrorheological Fluids and Magnetorheological Suspensions, ERMR 2010
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Period8/16/108/20/10

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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Tang, H., Huang, K., & Tao, R. (2011). Electrorheology improves transportation of crude oil. In Electro-Rheological Fluids and Magneto-Rheological Suspensions - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference (pp. 46-52). (Electro-Rheological Fluids and Magneto-Rheological Suspensions - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference).