Erosion C Factor for Well Testing

by Paul Nardone

The design of pipework systems for process facilities takes into consideration the effects of pressure loss due to friction and pipe erosion which is a function of fluid velocity and density. Although API RP 14E is often quoted as a reference, both ISO 13703 and Norsok P-001 address the same subject. There are a number of other useful references on the subject of pipe erosion; OTC 4485 Evaluation of API RP 14E Erosional Velocity Limitations for Offshore Gas Wells, OTC 4974 Velocity Limits for Erosion-Corrosion, and the HSE UK review document “Erosion in elbows in hydrocarbon production systems: Review document” 2003

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