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Experimental Measurement of Interfacial Parameters of Elongated Bubbles in Two Phase Gas-Liquid Flow in Horizontal and Slightly Inclined Circular Pipes

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J. S. Cunha Filho, J. Su

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

J. L. H. Faccini, C. A. Lamy

Brazilian Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN), Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Paper No. ICONE18-29695, pp. 673-679; 7 pages
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering: Volume 4, Parts A and B
  • Xi’an, China, May 17–21, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4932-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


This paper reports an experimental study of the measurement of elongated bubbles velocities and their longitudinal shapes using a high speed ultrasonic system in concurrent horizontal and at 5° and 10° inclined upward flow. The circular pipe test section is made of 25.6 mm stainless steel, followed by a transparent acrylic pipe with the same diameter. The high speed ultrasonic system consists of two transducers (10 MHz/6.35 mm diameter), a generator/multiplexer board that convert analog signals into digital data at a rate of 100 million frames per second, and a software that stores all the frames and the results of the time of flight of each signal. The results are compared with a visualization technique that consists of a high-speed digital camera recording images at rates of 125 and 250 frames per second. This range of liquid superficial velocity is from 0.2 to 1.1 m/s and that of the gas superficial velocity is from 0.35 to 1.0 m/s. The results obtained with the two experimental techniques show a good agreement among them for the elongated bubbles lengths and velocities, while having great statistics dispersion. The measured bubble shape is in agreement with literature data.

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