Two-phase swirling flow through a pipe is a complex turbulent flow and its prediction is still challenging. The present paper describes the experimental investigation of the air-water two phase swirling flow in vertical co-current flow. Swirling flow is induced by a twisted tape in a 20 mm inner diameter pipe. The flow is investigated using Ultrasonic Velocity Profiler (UVP), which allows the measurement of liquid and gas velocities simultaneously. Furthermore, simultaneous measurement of void fraction is performed using Wire Mesh Sensor (WMS). The experimental results reveal that swirling flow has significant impact on bubbles’ distribution. In low liquid flow rate, the average bubble velocity is fairly uniform along the radial position and void fraction increases in the near wall region. However, increasing liquid flow rate at constant gas flow rate leads to increase in void fraction in the core region, this is mainly due to drift velocity which is affected by centrifugal force. Experimental findings and parametric trends based on the effects of swirling flow are summarized and discussed.
Experimental Study of Turbulent Swirling Flow in a Vertical Tube for Heat Transfer Enhancement Using Ultrasonic Velocity Profiler (UVP)
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Hamdani, A, Tsuzuki, N, & Kikura, H. "Experimental Study of Turbulent Swirling Flow in a Vertical Tube for Heat Transfer Enhancement Using Ultrasonic Velocity Profiler (UVP)." Proceedings of the ASME/JSME/KSME 2015 Joint Fluids Engineering Conference. Volume 2A: Fora, Part 2. Seoul, South Korea. July 26–31, 2015. V02AT10A005. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/AJKFluids2015-10244
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