Pressure drop reduction phenomenon of slush nitrogen flow in a horizontal pipe

Katsuhide Ohira

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Cryogenic slush fluids, such as slush hydrogen and slush nitrogen, are two-phase single-component fluids containing solid particles in a liquid. Their density and refrigerant capacity are greater than those of a liquid-state fluid alone. Owing to these advantages, there are high expectations for use of slush fluids in various applications such as a clean-energy fuel, fuel for space-planes to improve the efficiency of transportation and storage, and as a refrigerant for high-temperature superconducting power machines. Experimental tests were performed with slush nitrogen to obtain the frictional pressure drop flowing in a horizontal pipe with an inner diameter of 15 mm and a length of 400 mm. The primary objective of the study was to investigate the pressure drop reduction phenomenon according to changes in velocity and solid fraction. The pressure drop correlation between the friction factor and the Reynolds number was obtained, and an empirical correlation between them was derived. The flow pattern for slush nitrogen inside a pipe and the behavior of solid particles were observed using a high-speed video camera and the PIV method. From the experimental results, the pressure drop reduction phenomenon emerged clearly when the flow velocity was higher than 3.6 m/s and the flow pattern of solid particles inside the pipe was pseudo-homogeneous.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-396
Number of pages8
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul


  • Hydrogen energy
  • Pressure drop reduction
  • Slush hydrogen
  • Slush nitrogen
  • Two-phase flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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