•Study of the drainage of the thin film above Taylor bubbles in inclined pipes that includes gravity, surface tension and intermolecular forces. •Analytical model predicting the gravity-driven drainage of the lubricating film above Taylor bubbles in inclined pipes. •Criterion to avoid film breakup in Taylor bubble flow derived from the drainage model. •Criterion applicable to determine the film existence for numerical simulations and mechanistic modeling of slug flow, as well as flow assurance studies. •Experimental model validation.
International Journal of Multiphase Flow – Elsevier
Published: Sep 1, 2016
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