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An experimental study of solid particle motion in a turbulent liquid pipe flow

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Title: An experimental study of solid particle motion in a turbulent liquid pipe flow
Author(s): Young, James Bradley
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Hanratty, Thomas J.
Department / Program: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Discipline: Chemical Engineering
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Engineering, Chemical
Abstract: An experimental study of the motion of 100 micron diameter glass and stainless steel spheres in a fully developed turbulent liquid pipe flow was conducted. Furthermore, the liquid, water, was directed vertically downward through a 5.08 cm inside diameter plexiglas tube. One goal was to measure the turbulence properties of the particles in the r-$\theta$ plane with a previously developed axial viewing photographic technique. Another goal was to determine the effects of the inherent inhomogeneities of turbulent pipe flow on the results.Several particle turbulence properties were measured. Radial direction Lagrangian and Eulerian particle diffusion coefficients were obtained at Reynolds numbers (based on bulk velocity and pipe diameter) ranging from 15,700 to 141,000. Radial and azimuthal direction particle turbulence intensity profiles for both particles were obtained at Re = 16,000 and 72,000. The technique also permitted the radial and azimuthal direction particle acceleration to be measured.A new phenomenon was discovered which is the result of the inhomogeneities of turbulent pipe flow. It was found that under certain conditions, the particles that diffuse to the pipe wall may get temporarily or permanently trapped there. They get trapped in a patterned manner as well. Inhomogeneities were also found to affect the measured radial direction particle concentration and average velocity profiles, but only under certain conditions.
Issue Date: 1989
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/20404
Rights Information: Copyright 1989 Young, James Bradley
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog: AAI8916324
OCLC Identifier: (UMI)AAI8916324
 

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