Vertical upward intermediate scale Taylor flow: Experiments and kinematic closure

Alexander S. Rattner, Srinivas Garimella

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The vertical upward Taylor flow regime has been extensively studied at the capillary and large channel scale limits. However, flow behavior at the intermediate scale (5≲Bo≲40, or 6. mm≲. D≲17. mm for ambient gas-water flows) is comparatively poorly characterized. This regime is fundamentally different because classes of forces conventionally associated with either small or large Bond number flows are all relevant. In this investigation, air-water Taylor-flow experiments are conducted in 6.0, 8.0, and 9.5. mm diameter tubes. High-speed video data are collected, and automated image analysis algorithms are developed to measure flow parameters including: bubble rise velocity, liquid film thickness, void fraction, and Taylor bubble and liquid slug lengths. New correlations and flow models are developed to predict these parameters at the intermediate scale. Results from this study enable kinematic closure of intermediate scale Taylor flows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-123
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Multiphase Flow
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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