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Characterization of flow pattern transitions for horizontal liquid–liquid pipe flows by using multi-scale distribution entropy in coupled 3D phase space

Lu-Sheng Zhai, Yan-Bo Zong, Hong-Mei Wang, Cong Yan, Zhong-Ke Gao and Ning-De Jin

Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 2017, vol. 469, issue C, 136-147

Abstract: Horizontal oil–water two-phase flows often exist in many industrial processes. Uncovering the dynamic mechanism of the flow pattern transition is of great significance for modeling the flow parameters. In this study we propose a method called multi-scale distribution entropy (MSDE) in a coupled 3D phase space, and use it to characterize the flow pattern transitions in horizontal oil–water two-phase flows. Firstly, the proposed MSDE is validated with Lorenz system and ARFIMA processes. Interestingly, it is found that the MSDE is dramatically associated with the cross-correlations of the coupled time series. Then, through conducting the experiment of horizontal oil–water two-phase flows, the upstream and downstream flow information is collected using a conductance cross-correlation velocity probe. The coupled cross-correlated signals are investigated using the MSDE method, and the results indicate that the MSDE is an effective tool uncovering the complex dynamic behaviors of flow pattern transitions.

Keywords: Horizontal oil–water two-phase flow; Flow pattern transition; Coupled phase space; Distribution entropy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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