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A study of two-phase flow in monoliths using ultrafast single-slice X-ray computed tomography
Schaefer Thomas
Meitzner Christine
Lange Ruediger
Hampel Uwe
International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 86, pp 56-66, 2016-11
Running chemical reactions in monolithic structures is being considered as highly promising for intensifying industrial reaction processes. A potential pitfall of such structures is the difficulty to achieve homogeneous and well defined gas/liquid distributions patterns with economically feasible distribution mechanisms. Experimental studies on gas/liquid distribution in monoliths are often hampered by missing measurement and visualization techniques to disclose the two-phase flow inside the narrow and opaque channels. This paper presents results of a study carried out with ultrafast single-slice X-ray tomography, a novel imaging technique, which can overcome these limitations. We investigated two-phase flow in two different types of square-channel monolith structures, one with high cell density of 400 cpsi and one with low cell density of 39 cpsi. Our study discloses in-channel flooding and draining behavior via extraction of characteristic distribution parameters, such as averaged and channel-linked liquid holdup, two-phase flow patterns and liquid maldistribution from X-ray images using advanced image processing techniques.
Ultrafast X-ray tomography; Two-phase flow; Monolith; Holdup; Maldistribution; Flow pattern; Flow visualization
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