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CFD Simulation of Forced Recirculating Fired Heated Reboilers
Alon Davidy
March 12, 2020 (v1)
Keywords: Computational Fluid Dynamics, convective heat transfer, crude oil, fire heater, nucleate boiling, process simulation, radiative heat transfer, reboiler, thermo-physical properties, two phase flow
An advanced algorithm has been developed in order to analyze the performance of re-boiling process of crude oil flowing inside reboilers tubes. The proposed model is composed from Heptane fire heater and a tube array. The heat flux produced from burner is transferred to the crude oil flowing inside the tube. The computational model is composed of two phases—Simulation of fire by using Fire Dynamics Simulator software (FDS) version 5.0 and then a nucleate boiling computation of the crude oil. FDS code is formulated based on CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) of fire heater. The thermo-physical properties (such as: thermal conductivity, heat capacity, surface tension, viscosity) of the crude oil were estimated by using empirical correlations. The thermal heat transfer to evaporating two-phase crude oil mixture occur by bubble generation at the wall (nucleate boiling) has been calculated by using Chen correlation. It has been assumed that the overall convective heat transfer coefficient i... [more]
The Impact of Local Hydrodynamics on High-Rate Activated Sludge Flocculation in Laboratory and Full-Scale Reactors
Sophie Balemans, Siegfried E. Vlaeminck, Elena Torfs, Leonie Hartog, Laura Zaharova, Usman Rehman, Ingmar Nopens
March 12, 2020 (v1)
Keywords: Computational Fluid Dynamics, flocculation state, jar test, sludge settling, water resource recovery facility
High rate activated sludge (HRAS) processes have a high potential for carbon and energy recovery from sewage, yet they suffer frequently from poor settleability due to flocculation issues. The process of flocculation is generally optimized using jar tests. However, detailed jar hydrodynamics are often unknown, and average quantities are used, which can significantly differ from the local conditions. The presented work combined experimental and numerical data to investigate the impact of local hydrodynamics on HRAS flocculation for two different jar test configurations (i.e., radial vs. axial impellers at different impeller velocities) and compared the hydrodynamics in these jar tests to those in a representative section of a full scale reactor using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The analysis showed that the flocculation performance was highly influenced by the impeller type and its speed. The axial impeller appeared to be more appropriate for floc formation over a range of impell... [more]
Cryogenic Energy for Indirect Freeze Desalination—Numerical and Experimental Investigation
Harith Jayakody, Raya Al-Dadah, Saad Mahmoud
February 3, 2020 (v1)
Keywords: Computational Fluid Dynamics, cryogenic energy, desalination, freeze, liquid nitrogen
Renewed interest in freeze desalination has emerged due to its advantages over other desalination technologies. A major advantage of the freeze desalination process over evaporative methods is its lower energy consumption (latent heat of freezing is 333.5 kJ/kg and latent heat of evaporation is 2256.7 kJ/kg). Cryogenic fluids like LN2/LAir are emerging as an effective energy storage medium to maximise utilisation of intermittent renewable energy sources. The recovery of this stored cold energy has the potential to be used for freeze desalination. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling was developed to simulate the evaporation of liquid nitrogen to simultaneously conduct freeze desalination to investigate the feasibility of using cryogenic energy for freeze desalination. This integrated CFD model was validated using experimental heat exchanger test facility constructed, to evaporate liquid nitrogen to supply the cooling required for freezing. Parametric study on the LN2 flow rate... [more]
Unsteady Flow Process in Mixed Waterjet Propulsion Pumps with Nozzle Based on Computational Fluid Dynamics
Can Luo, Hao Liu, Li Cheng, Chuan Wang, Weixuan Jiao, Di Zhang
January 7, 2020 (v1)
Keywords: Computational Fluid Dynamics, test, unsteady flow process, waterjet propulsion pump
The unsteady flow process of waterjet pumps is related to the comprehensive performance and phenomenon of rotating stall and cavitation. To analyze the unsteady flow process on the unsteady condition, a computational domain containing nozzle, impeller, outlet guide vane (OGV), and shaft is established. The surface vortex of the blade is unstable at the valley point of the hydraulic unstable zone. The vortex core and morphological characteristics of the vortex will change in a small range with time. The flow of the best efficiency point and the start point of the hydraulic unstable zone on each turbo surface is relatively stable. At the valley point of the hydraulic unstable zone, the flow and pressure fields are unstable, which causes the flow on each turbo surface to change with time. The hydraulic performance parameters are measured by establishing the double cycle test loop of a waterjet propulsion device compared with numerical simulated data. The verification results show that the... [more]
A Numerical Study on Influent Flow Rate Variations in a Secondary Settling Tank
Junwei Su, Le Wang, Yumin Zhang, Zhaolin Gu
January 2, 2020 (v1)
Keywords: Computational Fluid Dynamics, numerical simulation, secondary settling tank, solid–liquid two-phase flow
The secondary settling tank is an essential unit for the biochemical treatment of domestic sewage, and its operational effect influences the quality of effluent. Under the influence of the confluence of rainwater and sewage, wastewater use habits, etc., the inflow of the secondary sedimentation tank changes over time. In this paper, OpenFOAM, an open-source computational fluid dynamics package, was used to study the dynamic behaviors of solid−liquid two-phase flow in the tank under influent flow rate variations. A coupled method including a mixture model, drift equation and a dynamic boundary method is proposed. Numerical investigations were carried out for a 2D axisymmetric sedimentation tank using 12 cases. With increasing influent flow rate, sludge accumulates continuously in the bottom left side of the tank, sludge hopper, and inlet; the sludge blanket thickness near the right end of the tank increases continuously; and the sludge concentration in the tank approximately linearly in... [more]
CFD Applications in Energy Engineering Research and Simulation: An Introduction to Published Reviews
Alfredo Iranzo
January 2, 2020 (v1)
Keywords: combustion, Computational Fluid Dynamics, energy engineering, heat transfer, Modelling, Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Simulation, thermal radiation, turbulence
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has been firmly established as a fundamental discipline to advancing research on energy engineering. The major progresses achieved during the last two decades both on software modelling capabilities and hardware computing power have resulted in considerable and widespread CFD interest among scientist and engineers. Numerical modelling and simulation developments are increasingly contributing to the current state of the art in many energy engineering aspects, such as power generation, combustion, wind energy, concentrated solar power, hydro power, gas and steam turbines, fuel cells, and many others. This review intends to provide an overview of the CFD applications in energy and thermal engineering, as a presentation and background for the Special Issue “CFD Applications in Energy Engineering Research and Simulation” published by Processes in 2020. A brief introduction to the most significant reviews that have been published on the particular topics is... [more]
CFD Simulation on Hydrodynamic Behaviors of Anaerobic Granule Swarms
Xiuqin Dong, Sheng Wang, Zhongfeng Geng
January 2, 2020 (v1)
Keywords: anaerobic granule swarm, Computational Fluid Dynamics, drag force coefficient, Reynolds number, voidage
An internal circulation (IC) anaerobic reactor is widely used in the treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater with high volumetric loading rates. The performance of an IC reactor is closely related with hydrodynamic behaviors of anaerobic granules. Typically, anaerobic granules work in swarms and the settling behavior of a granule is disturbed by other granules. However, the research on anaerobic granule swarms is insufficient. In this work, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) method was employed to study the hydrodynamic behaviors of anaerobic granule swarms with various voidages. The simulated results showed that the average velocity inside granules increased significantly as the voidage of granule swarm decreased and as the Reynolds number increased. The maximum shear stress on the granule’s surface increased with decreasing voidage and increasing Reynolds number. Based on the hydrodynamic behaviors of anaerobic granule swarms, an improved model of drag force coefficient for... [more]
Effect of Pre-Combustion Chamber Nozzle Parameters on the Performance of a Marine 2-Stroke Dual Fuel Engine
Hao Guo, Song Zhou, Majed Shreka, Yongming Feng
January 2, 2020 (v1)
Keywords: Computational Fluid Dynamics, dual-fuel engine, pre-combustion chamber, Simulation, two-stroke
In recent years and with the increasing rigor of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) emission regulations, the shipping industry has focused more on environment-friendly and efficient power. Low-pressure dual-fuel (LP-DF) engine technology with high efficiency and good emissions has become a promising solution in the development of marine engines. This engine often uses pre-combustion chamber (PCC) to ignite natural gas due to its higher ignition energy. In this paper, a parametric study of the LP-DF engine was proceeded to investigate the design scheme of the PCC. The effect of PCC parameters on engine performance and emissions were studied from two aspects: PCC nozzle diameter and PCC nozzle angle. The results showed that the PCC nozzle diameter affected the propagation of the flame in the combustion chamber. Moreover, suitable PCC nozzle diameters helped to improve flame propagation stability and engine performance and reduce emissions. Furthermore, the angle of the PCC no... [more]
Parametric Investigation Using Computational Fluid Dynamics of the HVAC Air Distribution in a Railway Vehicle for Representative Weather and Operating Conditions
Christian Suárez, Alfredo Iranzo, José Antonio Salva, Elvira Tapia, Gonzalo Barea, José Guerra
December 10, 2019 (v1)
Keywords: Computational Fluid Dynamics, heat transfer, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, railway vehicle, thermal comfort, tram
A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis of air distribution in a representative railway vehicle equipped with a heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) system is presented in this paper. Air distribution in the passenger’s compartment is a very important factor to regulate temperature and air velocity in order to achieve thermal comfort. A complete CFD model, including the car’s geometry in detail, the passengers, the luminaires, and other the important features related to the HVAC system (air supply inlets, exhaust outlets, convectors, etc.) are developed to investigate eight different typical scenarios for Northern Europe climate conditions. The results, analyzed and discussed in terms of temperature and velocity fields in different sections of the tram, and also in terms of volumetric parameters representative of the whole tram volume, show an adequate behavior from the passengers’ comfort point of view, especially for summer climate conditions.
Numerical Investigation of Periodic Fluctuations in Energy Efficiency in Centrifugal Pumps at Different Working Points
Hehui Zhang, Shengxiang Deng, Yingjie Qu
December 10, 2019 (v1)
Keywords: centrifugal pump, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Energy Efficiency, fluctuation
In order to simulate the energy efficiency fluctuation behavior of an industrial centrifugal pump with a six-blade impeller, a full-scale three-dimensional (3D) an unsteady state computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model was used. Five operational points with different flow fluxes were numerically investigated by using the Navier⁻Stokes code with shear-stress transport (SST) k-ω turbulence model. The predicted performance curves agreed well with the test data. A sine function was fitted to the transient calculation results and the results show that the efficiency fluctuates mainly on the blade passing frequency, while the fluctuation level varies with flow rate. Furthermore, high efficiency is not necessarily associated with low fluctuation level. The efficiency fluctuation level is high at part-load points, and becomes relatively low when flow rate exceeds the design value. The effect of change in torque is greater than that of the head lift with respect to fluctuations of efficiency.... [more]
Effects of a Dynamic Injection Flow Rate on Slug Generation in a Cross-Junction Square Microchannel
Jin-yuan Qian, Min-rui Chen, Zan Wu, Zhi-jiang Jin, Bengt Sunden
December 10, 2019 (v1)
Keywords: Computational Fluid Dynamics, dynamic injection flow rate, liquid-liquid slug flow, microchannel, slug generation
The injection flow rates of two liquid phases play a decisive role in the slug generation of the liquid-liquid slug flow. However, most injection flow rates so far have been constant. In order to investigate the effects of dynamic injection flow rates on the slug generation, including the slug size, separation distance and slug generation cycle time, a transient numerical model of a cross-junction square microchannel is established. The Volume of Fluid method is adopted to simulate the interface between two phases, i.e., butanol and water. The model is validated by experiments at a constant injection flow rate. Three different types of dynamic injection flow rates are applied for butanol, which are triangle, rectangular and sine wave flow rates. The dynamic injection flow rate cycles, which are related to the constant slug generation cycle time t0, are investigated. Results show that when the cycle of the disperse phase flow rate is larger than t0, the slug generation changes periodica... [more]
Droplet Characteristics of Rotating Packed Bed in H2S Absorption: A Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis
Zhihong Wang, Xuxiang Wu, Tao Yang, Shicheng Wang, Zhixi Liu, Xiaodong Dan
December 10, 2019 (v1)
Keywords: Computational Fluid Dynamics, droplet characteristic, Eulerian–Lagrangian approach, natural gas desulfurization, rotating packed bed
Rotating packed bed (RPB) has been demonstrated as a significant and emerging technology to be applied in natural gas desulfurization. However, droplet characteristics and principle in H2S selective absorption with N-methyldiethanolamine (MDEA) solution have seldom been fully investigated by experimental method. Therefore, a 3D Eulerian−Lagrangian approach has been established to investigate the droplet characteristics. The discrete phase model (DPM) is implemented to track the behavior of droplets, meanwhile the collision model and breakup model are employed to describe the coalescence and breakup of droplets. The simulation results indicate that rotating speed and radial position have a dominant impact on droplet velocity, average residence time and average diameter rather than initial droplet velocity. A short residence time of 0.039−0.085 s is credited in this study for faster mass transfer and reaction rate in RPB. The average droplet diameter decreases when the initial droplet ve... [more]
Simulation-Based Design and Economic Evaluation of a Novel Internally Circulating Fluidized Bed Reactor for Power Production with Integrated CO2 Capture
Jan Hendrik Cloete, Mohammed N. Khan, Schalk Cloete, Shahriar Amini
December 10, 2019 (v1)
Keywords: Carbon Capture, chemical looping combustion, coarse-grid simulations, Computational Fluid Dynamics, filtered two-fluid model, fluidization, internally circulating reactor, power production, reactor design, techno-economics
Limiting global temperature rise to well below 2 °C according to the Paris climate accord will require accelerated development, scale-up, and commercialization of innovative and environmentally friendly reactor concepts. Simulation-based design can play a central role in achieving this goal by decreasing the number of costly and time-consuming experimental scale-up steps. To illustrate this approach, a multiscale computational fluid dynamics (CFD) approach was utilized in this study to simulate a novel internally circulating fluidized bed reactor (ICR) for power production with integrated CO2 capture on an industrial scale. These simulations were made computationally feasible by using closures in a filtered two-fluid model (fTFM) to model the effects of important subgrid multiphase structures. The CFD simulations provided valuable insight regarding ICR behavior, predicting that CO2 capture efficiencies and purities above 95% can be achieved, and proposing a reasonable reactor size. The... [more]
A Numerical Research on Vortex Street Flow Oscillation in the Double Flapper Nozzle Servo Valve
Liang Lu, Shirang Long, Kangwu Zhu
December 10, 2019 (v1)
Keywords: Computational Fluid Dynamics, double flapper nozzle servo valve, Karman vortex, self-sustained flow oscillation
The oscillating flow field of the double nozzle flapper servo valve pre-stage is numerically analyzed through Large Eddy Simulation (LES) turbulent modeling with the previous grid independence verification. The vortex street flow phenomenon can be observed when the flow passes through the nozzle flapper channel, the vortex alternating in each side produces the periodical flow oscillation. The structural and flow parameter effects on the oscillating flow are emphasized, and it could be determined that the pressure on the flapper is nearly proportional to the flow velocity and inversely proportional to the actual distance between the flapper and the nozzle. On the other hand, the main frequency of oscillation decreases with the velocity and increases with the distance between the nozzle flapper. The main stage movement is further considered with a User Defined Function (UDF), and it could be determined that the influences of the structural and flow parameters on the flow oscillation are... [more]
A Comparative Study of Biogas Reactor Fluid Rheology—Implications for Mixing Profile and Power Demand
Luka Šafarič, Sepehr Shakeri Yekta, Jörgen Ejlertsson, Mohammad Safari, Hossein Nadali Najafabadi, Anna Karlsson, Francesco Ometto, Bo H. Svensson, Annika Björn
December 9, 2019 (v1)
Subject: Biosystems
Keywords: anaerobic digestion, Computational Fluid Dynamics, stirring, substrate, viscosity
Anaerobic digestion (AD) is an established process for integrating waste management with renewable energy and nutrient recovery. Much of the research in this field focuses on the utilisation of new substrates, yet their effects on operational aspects such as fluid behaviour and power requirement for mixing are commonly overlooked, despite their importance for process optimisation. This study analysed rheological characteristics of samples from 21 laboratory-scale continuous stirred-tank biogas reactors (CSTBRs) digesting a range of substrates, in order to evaluate substrate effect on mixing efficiency and power demand through computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The results show that substrate and process parameters, such as solids content and organic loading, all have a significant effect on CSTBR fluid rheology. The correlation levels between rheological and process parameters were different across substrates, while no specific fluid behaviour patterns could be associated with substra... [more]
Application of CFD to Analyze the Hydrodynamic Behaviour of a Bioreactor with a Double Impeller
Mohammadreza Ebrahimi, Melih Tamer, Ricardo Martinez Villegas, Andrew Chiappetta, Farhad Ein-Mozaffari
December 9, 2019 (v1)
Keywords: Computational Fluid Dynamics, dual-impeller, Optimization, Segment impeller, Stirred fermenter
Stirred bioreactors are commonly used unit operations in the pharmaceutical industry. In this study, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was used in order to analyze the influence of the impeller configuration (Segment−Segment and Segment−Rushton impeller configurations) and the impeller rotational speed (an operational parameter) on the hydrodynamic behaviour and mixing performance of a bioreactor equipped with a double impeller. A relatively close agreement between the power values obtained from the CFD model and those measured experimentally was observed. Various parameters such as velocity profiles, stress generated by impellers due to the turbulence and velocity gradient, flow number, and mixing time were used to compare the CFD simulations. It was observed that the impeller’s RPM could change the intensity of the interaction between the impellers when a Segment−Rushton impeller was used. In general, increasing the RPM led to an increase in total power and the stress acting on the... [more]
Numerical Analysis of the Diaphragm Valve Throttling Characteristics
Yingnan Liu, Liang Lu, Kangwu Zhu
December 3, 2019 (v1)
Keywords: Computational Fluid Dynamics, diaphragm valve, profile design optimize, throttling characteristics
The throttling characteristics of the diaphragm valve are numerically studied in this paper. Firstly, the diaphragm deformation performance is analyzed by a finite element method, while the upper boundary morphology of the internal flow field under different valve openings was obtained. Then the two-dimensional simulation of the weir diaphragm valve flow field is carried out in order to explore the optimal design of flow path profile. The study shows that the throttling characteristics can be improved by flatting the ridge side wall, widening the top of the ridge and gently flatting the internal protruding of the flow path. In addition, using the local grid encryption techniques based on velocity gradient adaptive and y+ adaptive can improve the accuracy of simulation results. Finally, a cavitation two-phase flow simulation is carried out. The results show that cavitation may occur below 50% opening of diaphragm valve in ultra-pure water system, which becomes more intense with the incr... [more]
Novel 3-D T-Shaped Passive Micromixer Design with Helicoidal Flows
Mahmut Burak Okuducu, Mustafa M. Aral
November 24, 2019 (v1)
Keywords: chaotic advection, Computational Fluid Dynamics, engulfment flow, helicoidal flow, microfluidics, passive micromixer, T-micromixer, vortex flow
Laminar fluid flow and advection-dominant transport produce ineffective mixing conditions in micromixers. In these systems, a desirable fluid mixing over a short distance may be achieved using special geometries in which complex flow paths are generated. In this paper, a novel design, utilizing semi-circular ridges, is proposed to improve mixing in micro channels. Fluid flow and scalar transport are investigated employing Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tool. Mixing dynamics are investigated in detail for alternative designs, injection, and diffusivity conditions. Results indicate that the convex alignment of semi-circular elements yields a specific, helicoidal-shaped fluid flow along the mixing channel which in turn enhances fluid mixing. In all cases examined, homogenous concentration distributions with mixing index values over 80% are obtained. When it is compared to the classical T-shaped micromixer, the novel design increases mixing index and mixing performance values by the fa... [more]
Analysis of Air−Oil Flow and Heat Transfer inside a Grooved Rotating-Disk System
Chunming Li, Wei Wu, Yin Liu, Chenhui Hu, Junjie Zhou
November 24, 2019 (v1)
Keywords: Computational Fluid Dynamics, flow pattern, grooved disk, Nusselt number, two-phase flow, volume of fluid
An investigation on the two-phase flow field inside a grooved rotating-disk system is presented by experiment and computational fluid dynamics numerical simulation. The grooved rotating-disk system consists of one stationary flat disk and one rotating grooved disk. A three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics model considering two-phase flow and heat transfer was utilized to simulate phase distributions and heat dissipation capability. Visualization tests were conducted to validate the flow patterns and the parametric effects on the flow field. The results indicate that the flow field of the grooved rotating-disk system was identified to be an air−oil flow. A stable interface between the continuous oil phase and the two-phase area could be formed and observed. The parametric analysis demonstrated that the inter moved outwards in the radial direction, and the average oil volume fraction over the whole flow field increased with smaller angular speed, more inlet mass flow of oil, or d... [more]
Air-Core−Liquid-Ring (ACLR) Atomization Part II: Influence of Process Parameters on the Stability of Internal Liquid Film Thickness and Resulting Spray Droplet Sizes
Marc O. Wittner, Miguel A. Ballesteros, Frederik J. Link, Heike P. Karbstein, Volker Gaukel
November 24, 2019 (v1)
Keywords: ACLR, atomization, Computational Fluid Dynamics, high viscosity, liquid film thickness, two phase flow
Air-core−liquid-ring (ACLR) atomization presents a specific type of internal mixing pneumatic atomization. It can be used for disintegration of high viscous feed liquids into small droplets at relatively low gas consumptions. However, the specific principle of ACLR atomization is still under research and no guidelines for process and atomizer design are available. Regarding literature on pre-filming atomizers, it can be hypothesized for ACLR atomization that the liquid film thickness inside the exit orifice of the atomizer, as well as the resulting spray droplet sizes decrease with increasing air-to-liquid ratio (ALR) and decreasing feed viscosity. In this study, the time dependent liquid film thickness inside the exit orifice of the atomizer was predicted by means of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis. Results were compared to high speed video images and correlated to measured spray droplet sizes. In conclusion, the hypothesis could be validated by simulation and experimental... [more]
Numerical Investigation of a High-Pressure Submerged Jet Using a Cavitation Model Considering Effects of Shear Stress
Yongfei Yang, Wei Li, Weidong Shi, Wenquan Zhang, Mahmoud A. El-Emam
November 5, 2019 (v1)
Keywords: cavitation model, Computational Fluid Dynamics, nozzle, Optimization, shear stress, submerged jet
In the current research, a high-pressure submerged cavitation jet is investigated numerically. A cavitation model is created considering the effect of shear stress on cavitation formation. As such, this model is developed to predict the cavitation jet, and then the numerical results are validated by high-speed photography experiment. The turbulence viscosity of the renormalization group (RNG) k-ε turbulence model is used to provide a flow field for the cavitation model. Furthermore, this model is modified using a filter-based density correction model (FBDCM). The characteristics of the convergent-divergent cavitation nozzle are investigated in detail using the current CFD simulation method. It is found that shear stress plays an important role in the cavitation formation in the high-pressure submerged jet. In the result predicted by the Zwart-Gerber-Belamri (ZGB) cavitation model, where critical static pressure is used for the threshold of cavitation inception, the cavitation bubble on... [more]
Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation of Gas−Solid Hydrodynamics in a Bubbling Fluidized-Bed Reactor: Effects of Air Distributor, Viscous and Drag Models
Ramin Khezri, Wan Azlina Wan Ab Karim Ghani, Salman Masoudi Soltani, Dayang Radiah Awang Biak, Robiah Yunus, Kiman Silas, Muhammad Shahbaz, Shiva Rezaei Motlagh
October 26, 2019 (v1)
Keywords: Computational Fluid Dynamics, fluidized bed, gasification, hydrodynamics, multiphase flow
In this work, we employed a computational fluid dynamics (CFD)-based model with a Eulerian multiphase approach to simulate the fluidization hydrodynamics in biomass gasification processes. Air was used as the gasifying/fluidizing agent and entered the gasifier at the bottom which subsequently fluidized the solid particles inside the reactor column. The momentum exchange related to the gas-phase was simulated by considering various viscous models (i.e., laminar and turbulence models of the re-normalisation group (RNG), k-ε and k-ω). The pressure drop gradient obtained by employing each viscous model was plotted for different superficial velocities and compared with the experimental data for validation. The turbulent model of RNG k-Ɛ was found to best represent the actual process. We also studied the effect of air distributor plates with different pore diameters (2, 3 and 5 mm) on the momentum of the fluidizing fluid. The plate with 3-mm pores showed larger turbulent viscosities above th... [more]
Computational Fluid Dynamic Simulation of Inhaled Radon Dilution by Auxiliary Ventilation in a Stone-Coal Mine Laneway and Dosage Assessment of Miners
Bin Zhou, Ping Chang, Guang Xu
October 26, 2019 (v1)
Keywords: coal mining, Computational Fluid Dynamics, occupational exposure assessment, radon concentration, ventilation
Inhaled radon status in the laneways of some Chinese stone-coal mines is a cause of concern. In this study, computational fluid dynamics simulations were employed to investigate three flowrates of the dilution gas (2.5, 5, and 7.5 m3/s) and radon distributions at realistic breathing levels (1.6, 1.75, and 1.9 m). The results showed that there are obvious jet-flow, backflow, and vortex zones near the heading face, and a circulation flow at the rear of the laneway. A high radon concentration area was found to be caused by the mining machinery. As the ventilation rate increased, the radon concentrations dropped significantly. An airflow of 7.5 m3/s showed the best dilution performance: The maximum radon concentration decreased to 541.62 Bq/m3, which is within the safe range recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection. Annual effective doses for the three air flowrates were 8.61, 5.50, and 4.12 mSv.
A Computational Fluid Dynamics Approach for the Modeling of Gas Separation in Membrane Modules
Salman Qadir, Arshad Hussain, Muhammad Ahsan
September 13, 2019 (v1)
Keywords: Computational Fluid Dynamics, concentration polarization, gas separation, membrane module
Natural gas demand has increased rapidly across the globe in the last decade, and it is set to play an important role in meeting future energy requirements. Natural gas is mainly produced from fossil fuel and is a side product of crude oil produced beneath the earth’s crust. Materials hazardous to the environment, like CO2, H2S, and C2H4, are present in raw natural gas. Therefore, purification of the gaseous mixture is required for use in different industrial applications. A comprehensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model was proposed to perform the separation of natural gas from other gases using membrane modules. The CFD technique was utilized to estimate gas flow variations in membrane modules for gas separation. CFD was applied to different membrane modules to study gas transport through the membrane and flux, and to separate the binary gas mixtures. The different parameters of membrane modules, like feed and permeate pressure, module length, and membrane thickness, have bee... [more]
Numerical Study on the Gas-Water Two-Phase Flow in the Self-Priming Process of Self-Priming Centrifugal Pump
Chuan Wang, Bo Hu, Yong Zhu, Xiuli Wang, Can Luo, Li Cheng
August 7, 2019 (v1)
Keywords: Computational Fluid Dynamics, gas-water two-phase flow, self-priming pump
A self-priming centrifugal pump can be used in various areas such as agricultural irrigation, urban greening, and building water-supply. In order to simulate the gas-water two-phase flow in the self-priming process of a self-priming centrifugal pump, the unsteady numerical calculation of a typical self-priming centrifugal pump was performed using the ANSYS Computational Fluid X (ANSYS CFX) software. It was found that the whole self-priming process of a self-priming pump can be divided into three stages: the initial self-priming stage, the middle self-priming stage, and the final self-priming stage. Moreover, the self-priming time of the initial and final self-priming stages accounts for a small percentage of the whole self-priming process, while the middle self-priming stage is the main stage in the self-priming process and further determines the length of the self-priming time.
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