Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
versión impresa ISSN 1678-5878
SILVA, Marco J. da et al. Experimental investigation of horizontal gas-liquid slug flow by means of wire-mesh sensor. J. Braz. Soc. Mech. Sci. & Eng. [online]. 2011, vol.33, n.spe1, pp. 234-242. ISSN 1678-5878. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1678-58782011000500005.
The monitoring and visualization of two-phase flow is of great importance either from technical/practical point of view for process control and supervision or from scientific/theoretical point of view, for the understanding of physical phenomenon. A wire-mesh sensor was applied to experimentally investigate two-phase horizontal pipe flow. Furthermore, some physical flow parameters were extracted based on the raw measured data obtained by the sensor. In this article, first, the work principle of wire-mesh sensors is revised and, second, the methodology of flow parameter extraction is described. A horizontal flow test section comprising of a pipe of 26 mm i.d. 9 m long was employed to generate slug flows under controlled conditions. An 8 × 8 wire-mesh sensor installed at the end of the test section delivers cross-sectional images of void fraction. Based on the raw data, mean void fraction, time series of void fraction and characteristic slug frequency are extracted and analyzed for several experiments with different liquid and gas superficial velocities.
Palabras llave : two-phase flow; slug flow; wire-mesh sensor; void fraction; time series; flow visualization.