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Gas Phase Distribution Effects on Heat Transfer in Upward Vertical Bubbly Channel Flows

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Haden Hinkle, Deify Law

California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA

Paper No. HT2016-1062, pp. V002T21A003; 7 pages
  • ASME 2016 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the ASME 2016 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting and the ASME 2016 14th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • Volume 2: Heat Transfer in Multiphase Systems; Gas Turbine Heat Transfer; Manufacturing and Materials Processing; Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment; Heat and Mass Transfer in Biotechnology; Heat Transfer Under Extreme Conditions; Computational Heat Transfer; Heat Transfer Visualization Gallery; General Papers on Heat Transfer; Multiphase Flow and Heat Transfer; Transport Phenomena in Manufacturing and Materials Processing
  • Washington, DC, USA, July 10–14, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5033-6
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Two-phase (non-boiling) flows have been shown to increase heat transfer in channel flows as compared with single-phase flows. The present work explores the effects of gas phase distribution such as volume fraction and bubble size on the heat transfer in upward vertical channel flows. A two-dimensional (2D) channel flow of 10 cm wide by 100 cm high is studied numerically. Numerical simulations are performed using the commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code ANSYS FLUENT. The bubble size is characterized by the Eötvös number. The volume fraction and the Eötvö number are varied parametrically to investigate their effects on Nusselt number of the two-phase flows. All simulations are compared with a single-phase flow condition.

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