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Asymptotic Generalizations of the Lockhart-Martinelli Method for Two Phase Flows

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Y. S. Muzychka, M. M. Awad

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NF, Canada

Paper No. IMECE2009-10486, pp. 1543-1553; 11 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 9: Heat Transfer, Fluid Flows, and Thermal Systems, Parts A, B and C
  • Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, November 13–19, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4382-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3863-1
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


The Lockhart-Martinelli method for predicting two phase flow pressure drop is examined from the point of view of asymptotic modelling. Comparisons are made with the Lockhart-Martinelli method, the Chisholm method, and the Turner-Wallis method. An alternative approach for predicting two phase flow pressure drop is developed using superposition of three pressure gradients: single phase liquid, single phase gas, and interfacial pressure drop. This new approach allows for the interfacial pressure drop to be easily modelled for each type of flow regime such as: bubbly, mist, churn, plug, stratified, and annular, or based on the classical laminar-laminer, turbulent-turbulent, laminar-turbulent and turbulent-laminar flow regimes proposed by Lockhart and Martinelli.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Two-phase flow



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