Modeling the Flow Behavior of Phosphate-Water Slurry Through the Pipeline and Simulating the Impact of Pipeline Operating Parameters on the Flow

  • Hamza BelbsirEmail author
  • Khalil El-Hami
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 912)


In this study, we were interested in the flow of phosphate-water slurry into the pipeline linking the Khouribga mine pole (Morocco) and the Eljorf-Lasfar industrial platform in El Jadida (Morocco). We carried out a mathematical modeling on the linear head losses, the hydraulic gradient, the friction factor and the geographic profile followed by the pipeline. The results of the modeling were grouped in a program in MATLAB. The modeling allowed us to know the values of the pressures in all the points of the pipeline according to the operating parameters. The agreement of the experimental results with the results of our modeling pushed us to make simulations through our theoretical model. The simulations focuses on the impact of flow rate, density, viscosity of the slurry and choke on the behavior of head losses. This simulation allowed us to present perfectly the impact of the physical properties of the slurry and the operating parameters of the pipeline on the behavior of head losses. This study includes the case of continuous pumping in slurry and the batch case.


Modeling Simulation Pipeline Head losses Geographic profile Pressure Density Viscosity Choke 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Khouribga, Laboratory of Nanosciences and ModelingHassan First UniversityKhouribgaMorocco

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