Abstract

This study presents an experimental investigation of two-phase swirl flow interacting with a circular bluff body. A horizontal and transparent multiphase flow loop is employed to investigate the dynamic of swirl flow close to the circular bluff body. Using high-speed photography, air-core development during the transition period is characterized. Analysis of both instantaneous and averaged images provides key information on air-core length and diameter for steady state conditions. The distance from air-core tip to the disk depends on a critical gas-liquid ratio (GLRc). The presence of air pocket behind the circular bluff body depends on a critical distance to the disk.

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