Modelling air and water two-phase annular flow in a small horizontal pipe

Yao, Jun, Yufeng, Yao, Arini, Antonino and Gordon, Timothy (2016) Modelling air and water two-phase annular flow in a small horizontal pipe. International Journal of Modern Physics: Conference Series, 42 . pp. 1660158-1. ISSN 2010-1945

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Numerical simulation using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has been carried out to study air and water two-phase flow in a small horizontal pipe of an inner diameter of 8.8mm, in order to investigate unsteady flow pattern transition behaviours and underlying physical mechanisms. The surface liquid film thickness distributions, determined by either wavy or full annular flow regime, are shown in reasonable good agreement with available experimental data. It was demonstrated that CFD simulation was able to predict wavy flow structures accurately using two-phase flow sub-models embedded in ANSYS-Fluent solver of Eulerian–Eulerian framework, together with a user defined function subroutine ANWAVER-UDF. The flow transient behaviours from bubbly to annular flow patterns and the liquid film distributions revealed the presence of gas/liquid interferences between air and water film interface. An increase of upper wall liquid film thickness along the pipe was observed for both wavy annular and full annular scenarios. It was found that the liquid wavy front can be further broken down to form the water moisture with liquid droplets penetrating upwards. There are discrepancies between CFD predictions and experimental data on the liquid film thickness determined at the bottom and the upper wall surfaces, and the obtained modelling information can be used to assist further 3D user defined function subroutine development, especially when CFD simulation becomes much more expense to model full 3D two-phase flow transient performance from a wavy annular to a fully developed annular type.

Keywords:CFD modelling; Air/water two-phase flows; Wavy and full annular in horizontal pipe, JCOpen
Subjects:H Engineering > H141 Fluid Mechanics
H Engineering > H221 Energy Resources
Divisions:College of Science > School of Engineering
ID Code:23521
Deposited On:19 Jul 2016 10:09

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