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Interfacial Structures and Regime Transition in Co-Current Downward Bubbly Flow

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S. Kim, S. S. Paranjape, M. Ishii

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

J. Kelly

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C.

Paper No. FEDSM2003-45541, pp. 1595-1606; 12 pages
  • ASME/JSME 2003 4th Joint Fluids Summer Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: Fora, Parts A, B, C, and D
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, July 6–10, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3696-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3673-8
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


The vertical co-current downward air-water two-phase flow was studied under adiabatic condition. In view of studying the effect of flow area on interfacial structure and regime transition, round tubes of 25.4-mm ID and 50.8-mm ID were employed as test sections. The flow regime map was constructed for each test section by employing a newer approach. Unlike the conventional flow visualization method, the present approach minimizes the subjective judgment in determining the flow regimes. It was found that the flow regime in the co-current downward flow strongly depend on the channel size. The local two-phase flow parameters were acquired by the multi-sensor miniaturized conductivity probe in bubbly flow. They include: the local time-averaged void fraction, interfacial area concentration, bubble velocity and bubble Sauter mean diameter. The area-averaged data acquired by the impedance void meter were analyzed by the drift flux model. Three different distributions parameters were developed for the different ranges of non-dimensional superficial velocity, defined by the ration of total superficial velocity to the drift velocity. The new correlations can be applied to a co-current downward two-phase flow in a wide range of flow regime spanning from bubbly to annular flow.

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