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Overview of Void Fraction Measurement Techniques, Databases and Correlations for Two-Phase Flow in Small Diameter Channels

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Gardenghi, Alvaro Roberto [1] ; Filho, Erivelto dos Santos [1] ; Chagas, Daniel Gregorio [1] ; Scagnolatto, Guilherme [1] ; Oliveira, Rodrigo Monteiro [1] ; Tibirica, Cristiano Bigonha [1]
Total Authors: 6
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos Sch Engn, Dept Mech Engn, Heat Transfer Res Grp, Av Trab Sao Carlense 400, BR-13566590 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: FLUIDS; v. 5, n. 4 DEC 2020.
Web of Science Citations: 0

Void fraction is one of the most important parameters for the modeling and characterization of two-phase flows. This manuscript presents an overview of void fraction measurement techniques, experimental databases and correlations, in the context of microchannel two-phase flow applications. Void fraction measurement techniques were reviewed and the most suitable techniques for microscale measurements were identified along its main characteristics. An updated void fraction experimental database for small channel diameter was obtained including micro and macrochannel two-phase flow data points. These data have channel diameter ranging from 0.5 to 13.84 mm, horizontal and vertical directions, and fluids such as air-water, R410a, R404a, R134a, R290, R12 and R22 for both diabatic and adiabatic conditions. New published void fraction correlations as well high cited ones were evaluated and compared to this small-diameter void fraction database in order to quantify the prediction error of them. Moreover, a new drift flux correlation for microchannels was also developed, showing that further improvement of available correlations is still possible. The new correlation was able to predict the microchannel database with mean absolute relative error of 9.8%, for 6% of relative improvement compared to the second-best ranked correlation for small diameter channels. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 16/09509-1 - Phase change heat transfer processes of high performance applied to solar energy recovery
Grantee:Gherhardt Ribatski
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants