International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol.128, 450-458, 2019
Experimental investigations on pressure oscillation induced by steam-air mixture gas sonic jets in subcooled water
Present paper aims to experimentally investigate pressure oscillation induced by steam-air mixture gas sonic jets in subcooled water. Dynamic pressure signals and jet images are recorded and analyzed. Experimental results show that: the pressure oscillation dominant frequency decreases with the rise of water temperature, inlet pressure and air mass fraction. Air mass fraction has a complex effect on pressure oscillation intensity. When water temperature is less than 55 degrees C, as the air mass fraction increases, the pressure oscillation intensity increases first, and then decreases slightly, and then increases quickly. When water temperature is more than 55 degrees C, as the air mass fraction increases, the pressure oscillation intensity decreases first, and then increases quickly. The interfacial fluctuation height and pressure oscillation intensity dependency to the air mass fraction is the same near the nozzle exit. In addition, the validity of previous analysis model for steam sonic jet pressure oscillation dominant frequency is evaluated. A modified function considering the effect of air mass fraction is developed. The predicted results of steam-air mixture gas sonic jet pressure oscillation dominant frequency agree well with the experimental results. More than 98% of the data points are inside the error band of +/- 20%. ID 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.