An Investigation of the Propagation of Pressure Perturbations in Bubbly Air/Water Flows

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A. E. Ruggles, H. A. Scarton

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering & Mechanics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180-3590

R. T. Lahey

Department of Nuclear Engineering & Engineering Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180-3590

D. A. Drew

Department of Mathematical Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180-3590

J. Heat Transfer 110(2), 494-499 (May 01, 1988) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3250513 History: Received October 27, 1986; Online October 20, 2009


Dispersion and attenuation was measured for standing waves in a vertical waveguide filled with a bubbly air/water mixture. The propagation speed of pressure pulses was also measured. The data were compared with a two-fluid model for a range of values of the virtual volume coefficient, CVM . The experimentally determined CVM was found to be a function of global void fraction (〈α〉). Moreover it was noted that this CVM was less strongly related to void fraction than those proposed by Zuber (1964) and Van Wijngaarden (1976).

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