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Characteristics of liquids lugs in gas-liquid Taylor flow in microchannels

Abstract : The hydrodynamics of liquid slugs in gas-liquid Taylor flow in straight and meandering microchannels have been studied using micro Particle Image Velocimetry. The results confirm a recirculation motion in the liquid slug, which is symmetrical about the center line of the channel for the straight geometry and more complex and three-dimensional in the meandering channel. An attempt has also been made to quantify and characterize this recirculation motion in these short liquid slugs (Ls/w<1.5) by evaluating the recirculation rate, velocity and time. The recirculation velocity was found to increase linearly with the two-phase superficial velocity UTP. The product of the liquid slug residence time and the recirculation rate is independent of UTP under the studied flow conditions. These results suggest that the amount of heat or mass transferred between a given liquid slug and its surroundings is independent of the total flow rate and determined principally by the characteristics of the liquid slug.
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Petr Zaloha, Jiri Kristal, Vladimir Jiricny, Norbert Völkel, Catherine Xuereb, et al.. Characteristics of liquids lugs in gas-liquid Taylor flow in microchannels. Chemical Engineering Science, Elsevier, 2012, vol. 68, pp. 640-649. ⟨10.1016/j.ces.2011.10.036⟩. ⟨hal-00878423⟩

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