Slip ratio (gas–liquid flow)

This article is about a phenomenon in fluid dynamics. For other uses, see slip ratio and velocity ratio.

Slip ratio (or velocity ratio) in gas–liquid (two-phase) flow, is defined as the ratio of the velocity of the gas phase to the velocity of the liquid phase.[1]

In the homogeneous model of two-phase flow, the slip ratio is by definition assumed to be unity (no slip). It is however experimentally observed that the velocity of the gas and liquid phases can be significantly different, depending on the flow pattern (e.g., plug flow, annular flow, bubble flow, stratified flow, slug flow, churn flow). The models that account for the existence of the slip are called "separated flow models."

The following identities can be written using the interrelated definitions:


Correlations for the slip ratio

There are a number of correlations for slip ratio.

For homogeneous flow, S = 1 (i.e., there is no slip).

The Chisholm correlation[2][3] is:

The Chisholm correlation is based on application of the simple annular flow model and equates the frictional pressure drops in the liquid and the gas phase.

The slip ratio for two-phase cross-flow horizontal tube bundles may be determined using the following correlation:

where the Richardson and capillary numbers are defined as and .[4]

For enhanced surfaces bundles the slip ratio can be defined as:




  1. G.F. Hewitt, G.L. Shires, Y.V.Polezhaev (editors), "International Encyclopedia of Heat and Mass Transfer," CRC Press, 1997.
  2. D. Chisholm, "Two-Phase Flow in Pipelines and Heat Exchangers", Longman Higher Education, 1983. ISBN 0-7114-5748-4
  3. John R. Thome, "Wolverine Heat Transfer Engineering Data book III," Wolverine Tube Inc, 2004, Chapter 17 .
  4. Feenstra, P. A.; Weaver, D. S.; Judd, R. L. (2000-11-01). "An improved void fraction model for two-phase cross-flow in horizontal tube bundles". International Journal of Multiphase Flow. 26 (11): 1851–1873.
  5. Gorgy, Evraam; Eckels, Steven (2016-08-01). "Convective boiling of R-134a on enhanced-tube bundles". International Journal of Refrigeration. 68: 145–160.
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