Modeling of isothermal bubbly flow with interfacial area transport equation and bubble number density approach

SARI S. , ERGÜN Ş. , BARIK M., KOCAR C. , Sokmen C. N.

ANNALS OF NUCLEAR ENERGY, vol.36, no.2, pp.222-232, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.anucene.2008.11.016
  • Title of Journal : ANNALS OF NUCLEAR ENERGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.222-232


In this study, isothermal turbulent bubbly flow is mechanistically modeled. For the modeling, Fluent version 6.3.26 is used as the computational fluid dynamics solver. First, the mechanistic models that simulate the interphase momentum transfer between the gas (bubbles) and liquid (continuous) phases are investigated, and proper models for the known flow conditions are selected. Second, an interfacial area transport equation (IATE) solution is added to Fluent's solution scheme in order to model the interphase momentum transfer mechanisms. In addition to solving IATE, bubble number density (BND) approach is also added to Fluent and this approach is also used in the simulations. Different source/sink models derived for the IATE and BND models are also investigated. The simulations of experiments based on the available data in literature are performed by using IATE and BND models in two and three dimensions. The results show that the simulations performed by using IATE and BND models agree with each other and with the experimental data. The simulations performed in three dimensions give better agreement with the experimental data. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.