Experimental and numerical investigation of two-phase pressure drop in vertical cross-flow over a horizontal tube bundle

Khalid Bamardouf, David A. McNeil

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Abstract

Experimental pressure drop data for vertical two-phase air-water flow across horizontal tubes is presented for gas mass fractions in the range 0.0005-0.6 and mass fluxes in the range 25-700 kg/m2 s. The square in-line tube bundle had one column containing ten tubes and two columns of half tubes attached to the walls. The tubes had a diameter of 38 mm and a pitch to diameter ratio of 1.32. This data and air-water and R113 vapour-liquid data available in the literature are compared with the predictions from two kettle reboiler models, the one-dimensional model and a one-dimensional formulation of the two-fluid model. The one-dimensional model was implemented with three separate void fraction correlations and one two-phase friction multiplier correlation. The results show that the two-fluid model predicts air-water void fraction data well but R113 data poorly with pressure drop predictions for both being unsatisfactory. The one-dimensional model is shown to predict pressure drop and void fraction data reasonably well, provided a careful choice is made for the void fraction correlation. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1356-1365
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Volume29
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2009

Keywords

  • Kettles
  • Pressure drop
  • Reboilers
  • Two-dimensional
  • Two-phase

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