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Rising Velocity of a Gas Plug in Vertical-Rectangular-Narrow Channels

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Tohru Miyashita

Kogakuin University, Tokyo, Japan

Yasuo Koizumi

Shinshu University, Ueda-shi, Nagano, Japan

Paper No. IMECE2008-69209, pp. 807-811; 5 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 10: Heat Transfer, Fluid Flows, and Thermal Systems, Parts A, B, and C
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 31–November 6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4871-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3840-2
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


A bubble rising velocity in stagnant water in rectangular channels was examined. The width of the flow channels and the gap space between parallel walls were varied from 10 mm through 150 and from 1 mm through 10 mm, respectively. When the bubble had plug shape in the long side and also the short side, the bubble velocity took the same velocity as that in a circular pipe that had the same periphery. When the bubble lost the plug shape in the long side, the rising velocity became fast as the long side shape departed from the plug shape. When the long side was large enough for the bubble to have the shape of a bubble in open space, the bubble rising velocity was expressed well with the expression for the bubble rising velocity in open space. As the long side became narrow, the bubble rising velocity became slower than that for open space. When the gap spacing was quite narrow; 1 mm, and the long side was less than 20mm, the bubble stopped rising halfway in the flow channel.

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