The Aero-Thermo-Mechanics (ATM) department of Universite´ Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) develops a new system to simultaneously pump and separate a two-phase flow, in particular oil/air mixtures. Two-phase flows are encountered in many applications (oil extraction, flow in nuclear power plant pumps, pulp and paper processing) but the study is mainly focused on aeroengine lubrication systems. The main objective is to obtain a compact and efficient system that can both extract the gas of a two-phase flow and increase the pressure of the liquid phase. Particular care is given to the liquid flow rate lost at the gas outlet of the system. A large range of gas/liquid volume ratio has been studied, leading to different two-phase flow regimes at the inlet of the system (slug, churn or annular flow). After successful tests with water-air prototypes, which have allowed to identify the key design and working parameters, the technology has been implemented for a hot oil-air mixture. This paper presents the test results of the first oil/air prototype under real in-flight operating conditions. The tests with oil/air mixtures were performed on the aeroengine lubrication system test bench of the ATM department. The identification and implementation of appropriate two-phase flow rate measurement systems is an essential contribution to the project. Two attractive measurement systems have been considered: a Coriolis density meter for the volume fraction at the liquid outlet and radio-tracing elements for the measurement of the oil consumption at the air outlet. In parallel, the flow field in the pump and separator system has been studied with commercial CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) software packages. The choice of the two-phase flow model is highly dependent on the two-phase flow regime. But different regimes can simultaneously exist in the pump and separator system. So, the Eulerian two-phase flow model, the most complex and general model, seems to be the most appropriate. A coupling of this model with a dispersed phase model is under investigation to take all two-phase flow phenomena into account.

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