The present work describes the application of an image processing technique to study the two phase flow of high viscous oil and water through a sudden expansion. Six different operating conditions were considered, depending on input volume fraction of phases, and all of them are resulting in a flow pattern of the type oil dispersion in continuous water flow. The objective is to use an optical diagnostic method, with a high speed camera, to give detailed information about the flow field and spatial distribution, such as instantaneous velocity and in situ phase fraction. Artificial tracer particles were not used due to the fact that oil drops can be easily distinguished from the continuous water phase and thus they can act as natural tracers. The pipe has a total length of 11 meters and the abrupt sudden expansion is placed at a distance equal to 6 meters from the inlet section, to ensure that the flow is fully developed when it reaches the singularity. Upstream and downstream pipes have 30 mm and 50 mm i.d., respectively. Velocity profiles, holdup and drop size distribution after the sudden expansion were analyzed and compared with literature models and results.

Quantitative visualization of oil-water mixture behind sudden expansion by high speed camera

BABAKHANI DEHKORDI, PARHAM;COLOMBO, LUIGI PIETRO MARIA;GUILIZZONI, MANFREDO GHERARDO;SOTGIA, GIORGIO MARCO;COZZI, FABIO
2017

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The present work describes the application of an image processing technique to study the two phase flow of high viscous oil and water through a sudden expansion. Six different operating conditions were considered, depending on input volume fraction of phases, and all of them are resulting in a flow pattern of the type oil dispersion in continuous water flow. The objective is to use an optical diagnostic method, with a high speed camera, to give detailed information about the flow field and spatial distribution, such as instantaneous velocity and in situ phase fraction. Artificial tracer particles were not used due to the fact that oil drops can be easily distinguished from the continuous water phase and thus they can act as natural tracers. The pipe has a total length of 11 meters and the abrupt sudden expansion is placed at a distance equal to 6 meters from the inlet section, to ensure that the flow is fully developed when it reaches the singularity. Upstream and downstream pipes have 30 mm and 50 mm i.d., respectively. Velocity profiles, holdup and drop size distribution after the sudden expansion were analyzed and compared with literature models and results.
Two Phase Flow, sudden expansion, oil volume fraction, High Speed Imaging
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