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Numerical Study of Liquid Slug Stability During Adiabatic Two Phase Flow Inside a Minichannel

[+] Author Affiliations
A. Mukherjee, J. S. Allen

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

Paper No. IMECE2007-43418, pp. 1631-1638; 8 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 8: Heat Transfer, Fluid Flows, and Thermal Systems, Parts A and B
  • Seattle, Washington, USA, November 11–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4302-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3812-9
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


The present study is performed to analyze stability of a liquid meniscus inside a microchannel. A liquid plug is placed inside a microchannel and the shape and stability of upstream and downstream interfaces have been studied for different airflow rates. The thickness of the liquid plug and the contact angle has been varied systematically. In the numerical model the complete Navier-Stokes equations along with continuity equation are solved using the SIMPLER method. The liquid vapor interface is captured using the level set technique. The liquid plug is seen to move downstream along with the air and surface instabilities are noted at the upstream and downstream interfaces. At low contact angle, water is found to accumulate at the channel corners due to capillary forces causing the slug to disintegrate. The numerical results are found to be qualitatively similar to experimental data.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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