Local Interfacial Structures and Interfacial Area Transport Modeling Across 90-Degree Vertical Elbows
NURETH-14 - 2011 September 25-30


Presented at:
NURETH-14
2011 September 25-30
Location:
Toronto, Canada
Session Title:
A9-2 Interfacial Area Transport - Experimental

Authors:
Mohan Yadav (The Pennsylvania State University)
Ted Worosz (The Pennsylvania State University)
Seungjin Kim (The Pennsylvania State University)
  

Abstract



This study presents the geometric effects of 90-degree vertical elbows on the development of the local two-phase flow parameters. A multi-sensor conductivity probe is used to measure local two-phase flow parameters. It is found that immediately downstream of the vertical-upward elbow, the bubbles have a bimodal distribution along the horizontal radius of the pipe cross-section causing a dual-peak in the profiles of local void fraction and local interfacial area concentration. Immediately downstream of the vertical-downward elbow it is observed that the bubbles tend to migrate towards the inside of the elbow’s curvature.  The axial transport of void fraction and interfacial area concentration indicates that the elbows promote bubble disintegration. Preliminary predictions are obtained from group-one interfacial area transport equation (IATE) model for vertical-upward and vertical-downward two-phase flow.

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