Mechanics & Industry
Volume 16, Number 3, 2015
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Published online||21 April 2015|
Development and statistical characterization of slug in two-phase flow along horizontal pipeline
Laboratoire de Mécanique des Fluides Théorique et Appliquée,
Faculté de physique, U.S.T.H.B, Alger, Algérie
2 GEPEA, Université de Nantes, CNRS, UMR 6144, CRTT-BP406, 44602 Saint-Nazaire, France
a Corresponding author:
Accepted: 9 December 2014
In many industrial processes, the presence of liquid and gas mixtures creates a slug flow. This kind of regime is observed when slug’s liquid blocks the whole pipeline and moves as a coherent mass downstream at a velocity approximately equal to the gas velocity. The aim of this study is to provide statistical information on slug in two-phase flow in horizontal pipe. Experiments were conducted in a pipe of 0.04 m diameter and a length of 14 m. First of all, a flow regime map is compiled for air/water two phase flows. Data on pressure gradient, slug frequency and liquid holdup are presented. It was found that mean slug frequency clearly increases as the superficial liquid velocity increases but it weakly depends on the superficial gas velocity.
Key words: Slug / stratified transition / pressure gradient / liquid holdup / frequency / transitional velocity
© AFM, EDP Sciences 2015
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