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The effect of air velocity on slugs in a confined channel

Abstract : The present work focuses on the study of slugs occurring in a two-phase flow of a confined rectangular channel: conditions of appearance and effect on the flow behavior. Three-dimensional numerical simulations have been carried out to examine the effect of superficial air velocity on flow behavior. The Volume Of Fluid model (VOF) is used to track the air-water interface. Validation of the numerical model is obtained by comparing the results of the simulated axial velocity with experimental data determined using the Laser Doppler Anemometry (LDA) technique. The numerical results revealed that for a fixed water level and superficial water velocity, higher superficial air velocities generate a slug flow that causes channel blockage. The position of these slugs and the timing of their occurrence were correlated in terms of air and water superficial Reynolds numbers
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Hella Adouni, Yoldoss Chouari, Wassim Kriaa, Hervé Bournot. The effect of air velocity on slugs in a confined channel. Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, Elsevier, 2021, 81, pp.102013. ⟨10.1016/j.flowmeasinst.2021.102013⟩. ⟨hal-03654964⟩

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