Numerical study of the three-dimensional structure of a bubble plume

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The whole behavior and the micro scale flow characteristics of a three-dimensional bubble plume are investigated numerically. The bubble plume drives liquid convection in a tank due to strong local two-phase interaction so that the Eulerian-Lagrangian model is formulated with emphasis on the translational motions of the bubble. In this model, each bubble motion is tracked in a bubbly mixture which is treated as a continuum. The three-dimensional numerical results reveal several particular structures, such as swaying and swirling structures of the bubble plume. These simulated flow structures show qualitatively good agreement with the experimental observations. Furthermore, the detailed behavior in the bubble plume is clarified by various analysis to discuss the dominant factors causing such the strong three-dimensionality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)754-760
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000


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