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Título: Determination of the void fraction and drift velocity in a two-phase flow with a boiling solar collector
Autor(es): Vieira, Melissa E.
Duarte, P. O. O.
Buarque, H. L. B.
Palavras-chave: Energia solar
Data do documento: 15-Mai-2000
Editor: Solar Energy
Citação: VIERA, M. E. ; DUARTE, P. O. O. ; BUARQUE, H. L. B. (2000)
Abstract: This paper presents an approach to determine the void fraction and the drift velocity in a two-phase flow with a boiling solar collector using easily obtained experimental data. The solar collector operates in a thermal siphon circuit, where the working fluid absorbs solar radiation mostly while boiling. The vapor bubbles release their latent heat in a condenser, while heating up a flow of water–glycol. Two numerical procedures are developed to calculate the void fraction because its experimental values cannot be easily measured. The use of a flow meter causes an additional pressure drop in the thermal siphon circuit and, consequently, changes the circulated mass flow rate. The first numerical procedure is based on a force balance in the thermal siphon loop and is used to estimate the total mass flow rate and the void fraction in the circuit. The second uses a drift flux correlation to estimate the void fraction and the drift velocity. Both procedures use the experimental values for the vapor mass flow rate, which is determined by an energy balance in the condenser. The volumetric flow rate of the water–glycol mixture and its temperature difference across the condenser are experimentally measured. The pipe length of the two-phase flow in the solar collector is experimentally determined using 44 thermocouples attached to the back of flow channels in the absorber plate. The results show that the two numerical models compare well and that either one can be used to estimate the void fraction in the two-phase flow solar circuit.
Descrição: VIERA, M. E. ; DUARTE, P. O. O. ; BUARQUE, H. L. B. Determination of the void fraction and drift velocity in a two-phase flow with a boiling solar collector. Solar Energy, v. 69, n. 4, p. 315–319, 2000.
URI: http://www.repositorio.ufc.br/handle/riufc/2651
ISSN: 0038-092X
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