Numerical simulation on single Taylor bubble rising in LBE using moving particle method

Xin Li, Wenxi Tian*, Ronghua Chen, Guanghui Su, Suizheng Qiu

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An improved meshless numerical method (MPS-MAFL) is utilized to simulate single Taylor bubble rising in liquid LBE to study its hydrodynamic characteristics. The computational region is a circular tube in which the liquid is described using discretized particles by non-uniform grid scheme. The gas-liquid interface was approximately treated as a free surface boundary and nonslip conditions are applied to the tube wall. Several simulation results and corresponding analysis including Taylor bubble propagation procedure, velocity profile around bubble nose and in the wake region as well as in the falling film are presented. Some experimental results and CFD numerical simulations from other researchers are compared with the present study as validation. The simulation results agree well with both theoretical analysis and experimental results, which demonstrate the reasonable selection of model as well as the accuracy and reliability of moving particle method (MPS-MAFL).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-234
Number of pages8
JournalNuclear Engineering and Design
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Liquid lead-bismuth eutectic
  • MPS-MAFL method
  • Slug flow
  • Taylor bubble

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Waste Management and Disposal


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