This paper presents an experimental study of local liquid velocity measurement in downward air-water bubbly and slug flows in a 50.8 mm inner-diameter round pipe. The axial liquid velocity and its fluctuations were measured by a laser Doppler anemometry (LDA) system. It was found that the maximum liquid velocity in a downward two-phase flow could occur off the pipe centerline at relatively low liquid flow rates and this observation is consistent with other researchers' results. The comparisons between the liquid flow rates measured by a magnetic flow meter and those obtained from the local LDA and multi-sensor conductivity probe measurements showed good agreement. In addition, based on the local measurements the distribution parameter and the drift velocity in the drift-flux model were obtained for the current downward flow tests.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME|
|State||Published - Jul 1 2004|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanical Engineering