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Interfacial disturbance wave velocity of gas-liquid two-phase annular flow in vertical pipe

ZHAO Ning, WANG Peipei, GUO Suna, FANG Lide, WANG Dongxing, CHEN Xue   

  1. College of Quality and Technology Supervising, Hebei University, Baoding 071002, Hebei, China
  • Received:2017-11-28 Revised:2018-03-20
  • Supported by:

    supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (61475041), the Natural Science Foundation of Hebei Province (F2015201215) and the Youth Foundation of Ministry of Education Hebei Province of China (QN2015216).


In two-phase annular flow, interfacial waves play a crucial role in mass, momentum and energy transfers between two phases. It is important to study characteristic parameters of the interfacial waves (wave velocity, wave frequency and amplitude). First, interfacial waves were classified and qualitatively described characteristics of every wave type. Then, interfacial wave velocity prediction model was developed on the basis of interfacial shear stress. With consideration of density increment of gas core caused by entrained droplets and effect of relative velocities between gas core and liquid film surface, a modified disturbance wave velocity prediction model was obtained for vertical two-phase annular flow. Interfacial wave velocity measurement sensor based on near infrared (NIR) absorption attenuation technology and cross-correlation principle was designed for high operating pressure in industrial process. Measurements of 154 different interfacial wave velocities under five system pressures of 0.2-0.9 MPa showed that the modified model had good prediction results with less than ±10% relative standard deviations and some extrapolation capability for different system pressure conditions.

Key words: vertical pipe, gas-liquid flow, optimization, absorption, interfacial wave, wave velocity, prediction

CLC Number: 

  • O359+.1

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