Annular flow stability within small-sized channels

Niccolò Giannetti*, Daisuke Kunita, Seiichi Yamaguchi, Kiyoshi Saito


研究成果: Article査読

14 被引用数 (Scopus)


An analytical study based on a variational thermodynamic principle is presented to evaluate the influence of surface tension on the stability of annular flow within small-sized channels. The model introduces phenomenological assumptions in the interfacial structure of the flow regime and theoretically draws the equilibrium transition line from an annular regime to the initiation of the partial wetting condition on the inner surface. By including surface tension, this model expands previous theories and identifies the stable flow configuration in terms of void fraction and interfacial extension. The significant influence of a higher surface tension and smaller diameter (i.e. lower Weber number) are responsible for a lower stable void fraction and higher slip ratio. A complete screening of the main influential parameters is conducted to explore the descriptive ability of the model. This analysis aims at contributing to the understanding of the stability of two-phase flow regimes and can be extended to the transition between other neighbouring regimes, including wall friction as well as liquid entrainment phenomena.

ジャーナルInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
出版ステータスPublished - 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 凝縮系物理学
  • 機械工学
  • 流体および伝熱


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