Abstract

The non-Newtonian shear-thinning fluid widely exists in the industrial process and the rheology exerts a significant influence on the flow pattern transition and flow-induced vibration (FIV). However, studies on the rheology effect of the liquid phase in the vertical upward two-phase flows are quite lacking due to the complexity of non-Newtonian fluid properties. In the present study, the vertical upward gas/shear-thinning liquid flows experiments are conducted on a rigid acrylic pipe with an internal diameter of 20 mm. Three different Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) solutions are used as the non-Newtonian fluid, aimed at capturing a two-phase flow regime transition including the vertical slug, churn and annular flows. The results indicate that the maximum energy spectral densities of vibration occur at the slug-to-churn flow transition boundary at low liquid velocities and the annular flow region under high liquid velocities, respectively. The effects of the rheology of the shear-thinning fluid in terms of the flow patterns and FIV are also presented and discussed.

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