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Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering

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GANZAROLLI, Marcelo M.  e  ALTEMANI, Carlos A. C.. Nitrogen charge temperature prediction in a gas lift valve. J. Braz. Soc. Mech. Sci. & Eng. [online]. 2010, vol.32, n.1, pp.54-60. ISSN 1678-5878.

The operation of a class of retrievable gas-lift valves (GLV) is controlled by the axial movement of a bellows. One force acting on the bellows is due to the pressure exerted by the nitrogen gas contained in the GLV dome. It depends on the nitrogen temperature, which is influenced by both the production fluid and the injection gas temperatures in the well. This work investigated this dependence for a GLV installed in a side pocket mandrel tube. Three independent procedures were used for this purpose, comprising a compact thermal model, an experimental investigation with a thermal mockup and a numerical analysis. From these, a correlation for the nitrogen temperature was proposed, based on the local production fluid and injection gas temperatures, and on their convective coefficients with the mandrel tube surfaces.

Palavras-chave : gas lift valve; thermal model; numerical simulation; experimental tests.

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