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Uncertainty Quantification of Low Void Fraction Measurements Using Wire-Mesh Sensors in Horizontal Air-Water Flows

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Étienne M. Lessard, Robert C. Bowden, Sun-Kyu Yang

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Chalk River, ON, Canada

Paper No. FEDSM2016-7843, pp. V002T10A003; 10 pages
  • ASME 2016 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting collocated with the ASME 2016 Heat Transfer Summer Conference and the ASME 2016 14th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • Volume 2, Fora: Advances in Fluids Engineering Education; Cavitation and Multiphase Flow; Fluid Measurements and Instrumentation
  • Washington, DC, USA, July 10–14, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5031-2
  • Crown Copyright © 2016


The need for a revised methodology and uncertainty quantification for wire-mesh sensor void fraction measurements in horizontal low void fraction flow conditions was identified. Two-phase flow measurements were performed at a low-pressure, adiabatic and horizontal flow loop using wire-mesh sensors over a range of water superficial velocities from 3.5 to 5.5 m/s, air superficial velocities from 0.05 to 0.9 m/s and volumetric void fractions from 1 to 16% Using this proposed analysis, a corrected trend with average percent differences of 36, 21 and 6% was obtained for the low, medium and high gas flow rate cases, respectively, when comparing the wire-mesh sensor void fractions to two-phase pipe flow models. By combining these measurements of the void fraction with those of the interfacial velocity, the gas superficial velocity was calculated based on the physical theory, and compared to the superficial velocity measured by the flowmeters for validation purposes. An estimation of the uncertainty of these parameters showed that most of the measured parameters agreed reasonably with physical theory within 20%.

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