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Title: New analytical solutions to the two-phase water faucet problem

Here, the one-dimensional water faucet problem is one of the classical benchmark problems originally proposed by Ransom to study the two-fluid two-phase flow model. With certain simplifications, such as massless gas phase and no wall and interfacial frictions, analytical solutions had been previously obtained for the transient liquid velocity and void fraction distribution. The water faucet problem and its analytical solutions have been widely used for the purposes of code assessment, benchmark and numerical verifications. In our previous study, the Ransom’s solutions were used for the mesh convergence study of a high-resolution spatial discretization scheme. It was found that, at the steady state, an anticipated second-order spatial accuracy could not be achieved, when compared to the existing Ransom’s analytical solutions. A further investigation showed that the existing analytical solutions do not actually satisfy the commonly used two-fluid single-pressure two-phase flow equations. In this work, we present a new set of analytical solutions of the water faucet problem at the steady state, considering the gas phase density’s effect on pressure distribution. This new set of analytical solutions are used for mesh convergence studies, from which anticipated second-order of accuracy is achieved for the 2nd order spatial discretization scheme. In addition, extendedmore » Ransom’s transient solutions for the gas phase velocity and pressure are derived, with the assumption of decoupled liquid and gas pressures. Numerical verifications on the extended Ransom’s solutions are also presented.« less
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  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0149-1970; PII: S0149197016301202
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Progress in Nuclear Energy
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 91; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0149-1970
Research Org:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
Country of Publication:
United States
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; analytical solutions; numerical verifications; two-phase flow; water faucet problem
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OSTI ID: 1341208