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CFD Modelling of Bubbly Flow in Adiabatic Upward Pipe Using a Solver Based on OpenFOAM® With the Quadrature Method of Moments

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Carlos Peña-Monferrer, José L. Muñoz-Cobo

Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Alberto Passalacqua

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Sergio Chiva

Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain

Paper No. FEDSM2014-21986, pp. V01AT03A020; 10 pages
  • ASME 2014 4th Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting collocated with the ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • Volume 1A, Symposia: Advances in Fluids Engineering Education; Turbomachinery Flow Predictions and Optimization; Applications in CFD; Bio-Inspired Fluid Mechanics; Droplet-Surface Interactions; CFD Verification and Validation; Development and Applications of Immersed Boundary Methods; DNS, LES, and Hybrid RANS/LES Methods
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 3–7, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4621-6
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


An Eulerian-Eulerian approach was used to model adiabatic bubbly flow with CFD techniques. The OpenFOAM® solver twoPhaseEulerFoam was modified to predict upward bubbly flow in vertical pipes. Interfacial force and bubble induced turbulence models are studied and implemented. The population balance equation included in the two-fluid model is solved to simulate a polydisperse flow with the quadrature method of moments approximation. Two-phase flow experiments with different superficial velocities of gas and water at different temperatures are used to validate the solver. Radial distributions of void fraction, air and water velocities, Sauter mean diameter and turbulence intensity are compared with the computational results. The computational results agree well with the experiments showing the capability of the solver to predict two-phase flow characteristics.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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