An Experimentally Validated Model for Two-Phase Pressure Drop in the Intermittent Flow Regime for Circular Microchannels

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S. Garimella, J. D. Killion, J. W. Coleman

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2030 H. M. Black Engineering Building, Ames, IA 50011

J. Fluids Eng 124(1), 205-214 (Sep 12, 2001) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1428327 History: Received January 26, 2001; Revised September 12, 2001
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Tubes investigated in the present study
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Single-phase pressure drop validation (tube C30)
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Validation of contraction/expansion contributions using near-zero length tube
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Delineation of acceleration/deceleration contributions, tube C30, 600 kg/m2 -s
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Intermittent flow regime boundaries for tubes under consideration
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Cross section of assumed flow pattern for model unit cell
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Contribution of each pressure drop mechanism to total pressure drop for each test point
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Number of unit cells per meter derived from measured data and model as a function of slug Reynolds number, comparison with curve fit
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Comparison of total predicted pressure drop with measurements
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Predicted effect of hydraulic diameter, mass flux, and quality on pressure drop for constant L/Dh




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