Structure of vertical downward bubbly flow

Takashi Hibiki, Hiroshi Goda, Seungjin Kim, Mamoru Ishii, Jennifer Uhle

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    In view of the great importance to two-fluid model, structure of downward bubbly flows in vertical pipes has been discussed intensively based on available data sets of local flow parameters including extensive air-water data sets recently measured by the authors. In this study, an approximate radial phase distribution pattern map has been proposed based on available data sets, and radial profiles of local flow parameters such as void fraction, interfacial area concentration, interfacial velocity, and bubble Sauter mean diameter have been discussed in detail. The one-dimensional drift-flux model for a downward two-phase flow and the correlation of the interfacial area concentration have been compared with the downward flow data. The correlations applicable to the predictions of one-dimensional void fraction and interfacial area concentration for a downward bubbly flow have been recommended by the comparison.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1847-1862
    Number of pages16
    JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
    Issue number8-9
    StatePublished - Apr 2004

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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