Characterization of bubbly and slug flow regimes generated in a minichannel in microgravity conditions
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We performed a characterization of the bubbly and slug flow regimes in minichannels in conditions relevant to microgravity. Two-phase flows were generated on ground by means of a T-junction device (1 mm i.d.), whose operation is independent to changes in gravity level . Air and water were injected at several superficial velocities ranging from 0 up to 2 m/s. The generation and detachment of the minibubbles is provided by the liquid cross-flow (see figure). In nominal conditions small Bond and Weber numbers are achieved for the air/water mixture flow. Therefore, capillary forces dominate over buoyancy and inertial forces . Laminar regime can also be assumed. Bubbly, slug, churn and annular flows were observed (see figure). The characterization consists in the analysis of the bubble and the unit cell lengths, the bubble velocity and the void fraction in both bubbly and slug flow regimes.
CitacióArias Calderón, Santiago; González Cinca, Ricard. Characterization of bubbly and slug flow regimes generated in a minichannel in microgravity conditions. A: International Workshop on Bubble and Drop Interfaces. "4th International Workshop on Bubble and Drop Interfaces 2009". Thessaloniki: 2009.
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