Experimental and CFD Simulations of Vertical Two-Phase Slug Flow for Gas-Newtonian and Non-Newtonian Liquids

Nicolas Rios Ratkovich, Thomas Ruby Bentzen, S. Majumder, Michael R. Rasmussen

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Abstract

Gas-liquid two-phase flows are presented everywhere in industrial processes (i.e. gas-oil pipelines). In spite of the common occurrence of these two-phase flows, their understanding is limited compared to single-phase flows. Different studies on two-phase flow have focus on developing empirical correlations based on large sets of experiment data for void fraction [1,2] and pressure drop [3,4] which have proven to be accurate for the specific condition that their where developed for. Currently, dozens of void fraction and pressure drop correlations for different flow patterns are available in the literature but none of them is enough robust and suitable for different conditions (i.e. flow patterns, gas-liquid combinations, pipe inclination angles, etc.). This clearly represents a drawback and more research in required on this field.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2012
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventEncontro Brasileiro sobre Ebulição: Condensação e Escoamentos Multifásicos - Curitiba, Brazil
Duration: 7 May 20128 May 2012
Conference number: 3

Conference

ConferenceEncontro Brasileiro sobre Ebulição
Number3
CountryBrazil
CityCuritiba
Period07/05/201208/05/2012

Keywords

  • Two-Phase
  • Slug Flow
  • CFD
  • Void Fraction
  • Pressure Drop

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