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Experimental Investigation of Horizontal Gas-Liquid Stratified and Annular Flow Using Wire Mesh Sensor

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R. E. Vieira, N. R. Kesana, C. F. Torres, B. S. McLaury, S. A. Shirazi

University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

E. Schleicher, U. Hampel

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Dresden, Saxony, Germany

Paper No. FEDSM2013-16117, pp. V01CT17A005; 8 pages
  • ASME 2013 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting
  • Volume 1C, Symposia: Gas-Liquid Two-Phase Flows; Industrial and Environmental Applications of Fluid Mechanics; Issues and Perspectives in Automotive Flows; Liquid-Solids Flows; Multiscale Methods for Multiphase Flow; Noninvasive Measurements in Single and Multiphase Flows; Numerical Methods for Multiphase Flow; Transport Phenomena in Energy Conversion From Clean and Sustainable Resources; Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing and Manufacturing Processes; Transport Phenomena in Mixing; Turbulent Flows: Issues and Perspectives
  • Incline Village, Nevada, USA, July 7–11, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5556-0
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Stratified and annular gas-liquid flow patterns are commonly encountered in oil and gas transportation pipelines. The measurement and visualization of two-phase flow characteristics is of great importance as two-phase flows persist in many fluids engineering applications. A Wire Mesh Sensor technique based on conductance measurements was applied to investigate two-phase horizontal pipe flow. The horizontal flow test section consisting of a 76 mm ID pipe, 18 m long was employed to generate stratified and annular flow conditions. A 16×16 wire configuration sensor, installed at 17 m from the inlet test section, is used to determine the void fraction within the cross-section of the pipe. Physical flow parameters were extracted based on processed raw measured data obtained by the sensors using signal processing techniques. In this work, the principle of wire mesh sensors and the methodology of flow parameter extraction are described. From the obtained raw data time series of void fraction, mean void fraction and characteristic liquid film velocities are determined for different liquid and gas superficial velocities that ranged from 0.03 m/s to 0.2 m/s and from 9 m/s to 34 m/s, respectively. The effects of liquid viscosity on the measured parameters are also investigated using three different viscosities.

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