Two Phase Flow Patterns in Large Diameter Vertical Pipes

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Ali, S. and Yeung, H. (2013). Two Phase Flow Patterns in Large Diameter Vertical Pipes. Asia Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering. 9 (1), pp. 105-116. https://doi.org/10.1002/apj.1750
AuthorsAli, S. and Yeung, H.
Abstract

An experimental investigation of adiabatic upward co-current air-water two phase flow has been carried out to determine the flow patterns in a 12.2m high and 250mm nominal diameter vertical pipe. The visual observations of flow patterns were supplemented by statistical analysis of the time-averaged void fraction determined by pressure drop method. Five flow patterns were identified in the vertical test section namely – dispersed bubbly, bubbly, agitated bubbly, churn/froth flow within the experimental superficial velocity range (ja = 0.18-2.2m/s and jw = 0.18-1.2m/s). Conventional slug flow consisting of smooth bullet shaped bubbles (Taylor bubble) and liquid slugs was never observed, instead agitated bubbly flow was the most dominant flow pattern in relevant superficial velocity range. Based on the visual and statistically extracted information, a flow pattern map was developed and compared to the existing flow pattern maps. Available flow regime transition models compared against the present experimental data yielded poor agreement with none of the existing models predicting the transitions as a whole. A satisfactory agreement was obtained with other large diameter studies with inconsistencies mainly attributable to confusion in the identification of the flow patterns.

Keywordstwo-phase flow, flow patterns, flow pattern transitions, large diameter, vertical flow.
Year2013
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering
Journal citation9 (1), pp. 105-116
PublisherWiley
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/apj.1750
Web address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/apj.1750
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Print19 Jun 2013
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Accepted07 May 2013
Deposited23 Aug 2021
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Two Phase Flow Patterns in Large Diameter Vertical Pipes, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/apj.1750. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited

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