Measurements of cross-sectional instantaneous phase distribution in gas-liquid pipe flow

E. Roitberg, L. Shemer*, D. Barnea

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Two novel complementing methods that enable experimental study of gas and liquid phases distribution in two-phase pipe flow are considered. The first measuring technique uses a wire-mesh sensor that, in addition to providing data on instantaneous phase distribution in the pipe cross-section, also allows measuring instantaneous propagation velocities of the phase interface. A novel algorithm for processing the wire-mesh sensor data is suggested to determine the instantaneous boundaries of gas-liquid interface. The second method applied here takes advantage of the existence of sharp visible boundaries between the two phases. This optical instrument is based on a borescope that is connected to a digital video camera. Laser light sheet illumination makes it possible to obtain images in the illuminated pipe cross-section only. It is demonstrated that the wire-mesh-derived results based on application of the new algorithm improve the effective spatial resolution of the instrument and are in agreement with those obtained using the borescope. Advantages and limitations of both measuring techniques for the investigations of cross-sectional instantaneous phase distribution in two-phase pipe flows are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)867-875
Number of pages9
JournalExperimental Thermal and Fluid Science
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2007


  • Borescope
  • Two-phase flow measurements
  • Wire-mesh sensor


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