学术论文

Pressure drop, void fraction and wave behavior in two-phase non-Newtonian churn flow




作者: Ke Wang, Fan Jiang, Bofeng Bai, Teck Neng Wong, Fei Duan, Martin Skote
发表/完成日期: 2017-09-01
期刊名称: Chemical Engineering Science
期卷: 2017, 174
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论文简介
Many commonly used industrial fluids display non-Newtonian effects. Their rheology exerts a strong influence on flow structure, interface fluctuation, pressure drop, heat transfer and many other flow characteristics. Owing to the complexity of churn flow, knowledge of the flow characteristics with nonNewtonian fluids is not well documented in existing literature. In the present study, we employ the power-law model to describe the non-Newtonian fluid behavior and establish an analytical model to predict pressure gradient, void fraction and wave behavior in churn flow. One churn flow unit is carefully divided into two parts (the falling film region and the wave region) and analyzed separately. The results indicate that liquid viscosity significantly affects the variations of pressure gradient, void fraction, velocity profiles, film thickness and wave behavior. These findings will provide insight into the effect of viscosity on flow structures and benefit a better understanding of the non-Newtonian churn flow.