Three-Phase Flow Measurements Using a Hot-Film Anemometer

  • Stephen D. Mayo
  • Richard T. LaheyJr
Part of the Heat and Mass Transfer book series (HMT)


Hot-film probes have been extensively used for local velocity measurements in single-phase liquid flows. In addition, they have been widely used for the measurement of the local volume fraction and phasic velocities in gas/liquid two-phase flows. In contrast, very few researchers have tried to use hot film probes for two-phase liquid/liquid and three-phase gas/liquid/liquid measurements; in particular, for the oil/water/gas flows which are of interest in the petroleum recovery industry.

This paper presents measurements of three-phase air/oil/water flows using a hotfilm anemometer. It will be shown that accurate measurements are possible using this technique.


Nusselt Number Void Fraction Local Volume Fraction Void Fraction Profile Local Velocity Measurement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen D. Mayo
    • 1
  • Richard T. LaheyJr
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Multiphase ResearchRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA

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