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Experimental Characterization of Slug Flow Velocity Distribution in Two Phase Pipe Flow

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Afshin Goharzadeh, Peter Rodgers

The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Paper No. IMECE2009-11201, pp. 1621-1625; 5 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


This paper presents an experimental study of gas-liquid slug flow inside a horizontal pipe. The influence of air bubble passage on liquid flow is characterized using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) combined with Refractive Index Matching (RIM) and fluorescent tracers. A physical insight into the velocity distribution within slug flow is presented. It was observed that the slug flow significantly influences the velocity profile in the liquid film. Measured velocity distributions also revealed a significant drop in the velocity magnitude immediately upstream of the slug nose. These findings aim to aid an understanding of the mechanism of solid transportation in slug flows.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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