A model of breakup of a rising bubble in a turbulent flow

D. Eskin, E. Meretskaya, A. Vikhansky

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Breakup of a bubble, rising under gravity in a turbulent flow, is analyzed. A model developed represents the critical Weber number of a bubble, indicating bubble breakup conditions, as a function of deformation caused by bubble rising. An ellipsoidal bubble shape is assumed. A simplified model of bubble deformation allows to obtain an analytical expression for the critical Weber number. An equation for the sepcific breakup rate of a rising bubble is also suggested and, then, validated against experimental data. The model developed is incorporated into the developer's version of the adaptive multiple size-group (A-MuSiG) method of the Simcenter STAR-CCM+® CFD code. A good agreement of computed data vs. experimental results is demonstrated for a bubbly flow in a horizontal pipe without tuning any adjustable parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115846
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2020


  • A-MuSiG
  • Bubble rising
  • CFD
  • Specific breakup rate
  • Turbulence
  • Weber number


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