Wall pressure measurements of flooding in vertical countercurrent annular airwater flow Academic Article uri icon


  • An experimental study of flooding in countercurrent air-water annular flow in a large diameter vertical tube using wall pressure measurements is described in this paper. Axial pressure profiles along the length of the test section were measured up to and after flooding using fast response pressure transducers for three representative liquid flow rates representing a wide range of liquid Reynolds numbers (ReL = 4/; is the liquid mass flow rate per unit perimeter; is the dynamic viscosity) from 3341 to 19,048. The results show that flooding in large diameter tubes cannot be initiated near the air outlet and is only initiated near the air inlet. Fourier analysis of the wall pressure measurements shows that up to the point of flooding, there is no dominant wave frequency but rather a band of frequencies encompassing both the low frequency and the broad band that are responsible for flooding. The data indicates that flooding in large diameter vertical tubes may be caused by the constructive superposition of a plurality of waves rather than the action of a single large-amplitude wave. 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Nuclear Engineering and Design

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Choutapalli, I., & Vierow, K.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Choutapalli, I||Vierow, K

publication date

  • October 2010