Experimental study of Taylor bubble flow in non-Newtonian liquid in a rectangular microchannel

Qingyu Li, Wenhao Guo, Hua Li, Zhengbiao Peng, Jingting Liu, Songying Chen, Lu Liu, Lian Ping Wang, Guichao Wang

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The flow characteristics of gas and non-Newtonian fluid in a rectangular T-microchannel with cross section of 150 μm × 50 μm are experimentally studied. Four flow patterns are observed, including bubble flow, Taylor flow, transitional flow and annular flow. The effects of two-phase flowrate, the CMC/SDS concentration, and microchannel size on the flow pattern maps and Taylor bubble/liquid slug length are compared. The bubble length increases with gas/liquid flowrates ratio, whilst the change of slug length is opposite. The bubble length decreases with liquid viscosity or surface tension. The slug length increases with the liquid viscosity, but decreases with surface tension. Experimental data is analyzed in relationship to JG/JL, Re and Ca using dimensional analysis. Two empirical equations are given respectively to predict the Taylor bubble/slug lengths. Predictions are largely consistent with the experimental results with maximum 25% variance. This provides an important reference for the controllable operation of two-phase flow in rectangular microchannels.

Original languageEnglish
Article number117509
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2022


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