Forced convective flow and heat transfer of upward cocurrent air-water slug flow in vertical plain and swirl tubes

Shyy Woei Chang, Tsun Lirng Yang

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Abstract

This experimental study comparatively examined the two-phase flow structures, pressured drops and heat transfer performances for the cocurrent air-water slug flows in the vertical tubes with and without the spiky twisted tape insert. The two-phase flow structures in the plain and swirl tubes were imaged using the computerized high frame-rate videography with the Taylor bubble velocity measured. Superficial liquid Reynolds number (ReL) and air-to-water mass flow ratio (AW), which were respectively in the ranges of 4000-10000 and 0.003-0.02 were selected as the controlling parameters to specify the flow condition and derive the heat transfer correlations. Tube-wise averaged void fraction and Taylor bubble velocity were well correlated by the modified drift flux models for both plain and swirl tubes at the slug flow condition. A set of selected data obtained from the plain and swirl tubes was comparatively examined to highlight the impacts of the spiky twisted tape on the air-water interfacial structure and the pressure drop and heat transfer performances. Empirical heat transfer correlations that permitted the evaluation of individual and interdependent ReL and AW impacts on heat transfer in the developed flow regions of the plain and swirl tubes at the slug flow condition were derived.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1087-1099
Number of pages13
JournalExperimental Thermal and Fluid Science
Volume33
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Oct

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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