HYDRODYNAMIC CHARACTERISTICS OF TWO-PHASE FLOW THROUGH HORIZONTAL PIPE HAVING SMOOTH EXPANSION


Deniz E., Eskin N.

ISI BILIMI VE TEKNIGI DERGISI-JOURNAL OF THERMAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol.35, no.1, pp.1-9, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Title of Journal : ISI BILIMI VE TEKNIGI DERGISI-JOURNAL OF THERMAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-9

Abstract

In this study, characteristics of adiabatic two-phase flow through horizontal pipe having smooth expansion are investigated numerically and experimentally. Effects of volumetric void fraction and internal diameter of the pipe on hydrodynamic characteristics of the two-phase flow are examined using average diameter of the bubbles injected. Air and water are chosen as the fluid couple. Flow rate for water is kept constant at 3 lt/s while those for air are taken as 50 and 61 lt/min. Thus, volumetric void fraction of 21.74 and 25.31 % are obtained for the two-phase flow considered, respectively. Eulerian-Eulerian Model and Reynolds Stress Model (RSM) are employed for modeling of two-phase flow and turbulence. Numerical results are then compared to the experimental data that was previously obtained by dual optical probe that measures local parameters of the two-phase flow (Deniz, 2009). The comparison shows that using the assumption of the average bubble diameter for numerical modeling gives reasonable results for developed and stratified flow.