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  1. A CFD Approach to Modeling Spacecraft Fuel Slosh

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    Marsell, Brandon; Gangadharan, Sathya; Chatman, Yadira; Sudermann, James; Schlee, Keith; Ristow, James E.

    2009-01-01

    Energy dissipation and resonant coupling from sloshing fuel in spacecraft fuel tanks is a problem that occurs in the design of many spacecraft. In the case of a spin stabilized spacecraft, this energy dissipation can cause a growth in the spacecrafts' nutation (wobble) that may lead to disastrous consequences for the mission. Even in non-spinning spacecraft, coupling between the spacecraft or upper stage flight control system and an unanticipated slosh resonance can result in catastrophe. By using a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solver such as Fluent, a model for this fuel slosh can be created. The accuracy of the model must be tested by comparing its results to an experimental test case. Such a model will allow for the variation of many different parameters such as fluid viscosity and gravitational field, yielding a deeper understanding of spacecraft slosh dynamics. In order to gain a better understanding of the dynamics behind sloshing fluids, the Launch Services Program (LSP) at the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is interested in finding ways to better model this behavior. Thanks to past research, a state-of-the-art fuel slosh research facility was designed and fabricated at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). This test facility has produced interesting results and a fairly reliable parameter estimation process to predict the necessary values that accurately characterize a mechanical pendulum analog model. The current study at ERAU uses a different approach to model the free surface sloshing of liquid in a spherical tank using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methods. Using a software package called Fluent, a model was created to simulate the sloshing motion of the propellant. This finite volume program uses a technique called the Volume of Fluid (VOF) method to model the interaction between two fluids [4]. For the case of free surface slosh, the two fluids are the propellant and air. As the fuel sloshes around in the tank, it naturally

  2. Development of CFD Approaches for Modeling Advanced Concepts of Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Test Facilities Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The project will be developing a CFD approach that can handle the additional complexities needed in a NTP testing facility when modeling the combustion processes in...

  3. Comparing different CFD wind turbine modelling approaches with wind tunnel measurements

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    The performance of a model wind turbine is simulated with three different CFD methods: actuator disk, actuator line and a fully resolved rotor. The simulations are compared with each other and with measurements from a wind tunnel experiment. The actuator disk is the least accurate and most cost-efficient, and the fully resolved rotor is the most accurate and least cost-efficient. The actuator line method is believed to lie in between the two ends of the scale. The fully resolved rotor produces superior wake velocity results compared to the actuator models. On average it also produces better results for the force predictions, although the actuator line method had a slightly better match for the design tip speed. The open source CFD tool box, OpenFOAM, was used for the actuator disk and actuator line calculations, whereas the market leading commercial CFD code, ANSYS/FLUENT, was used for the fully resolved rotor approach

  4. Comparing different CFD wind turbine modelling approaches with wind tunnel measurements

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    Kalvig, Siri; Manger, Eirik; Hjertager, Bjørn

    2014-12-01

    The performance of a model wind turbine is simulated with three different CFD methods: actuator disk, actuator line and a fully resolved rotor. The simulations are compared with each other and with measurements from a wind tunnel experiment. The actuator disk is the least accurate and most cost-efficient, and the fully resolved rotor is the most accurate and least cost-efficient. The actuator line method is believed to lie in between the two ends of the scale. The fully resolved rotor produces superior wake velocity results compared to the actuator models. On average it also produces better results for the force predictions, although the actuator line method had a slightly better match for the design tip speed. The open source CFD tool box, OpenFOAM, was used for the actuator disk and actuator line calculations, whereas the market leading commercial CFD code, ANSYS/FLUENT, was used for the fully resolved rotor approach.

  5. CFD Approaches for Modelling Bubble Entrainment by an Impinging Jet

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    Martin Schmidtke

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This contribution presents different approaches for the modeling of gas entrainment under water by a plunging jet. Since the generation of bubbles happens on a scale which is smaller than the bubbles, this process cannot be resolved in meso-scale simulations, which include the full length of the jet and its environment. This is why the gas entrainment has to be modeled in meso-scale simulations. In the frame of a Euler-Euler simulation, the local morphology of the phases has to be considered in the drag model. For example, the gas is a continuous phase above the water level but bubbly below the water level. Various drag models are tested and their influence on the gas void fraction below the water level is discussed. The algebraic interface area density (AIAD model applies a drag coefficient for bubbles and a different drag coefficient for the free surface. If the AIAD model is used for the simulation of impinging jets, the gas entrainment depends on the free parameters included in this model. The calculated gas entrainment can be adapted via these parameters. Therefore, an advanced AIAD approach could be used in future for the implementation of models (e.g., correlations for the gas entrainment.

  6. A Multi-Model Approach for Uncertainty Propagation and Model Calibration in CFD Applications

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    Wang, Jian-xun; Xiao, Heng

    2015-01-01

    Proper quantification and propagation of uncertainties in computational simulations are of critical importance. This issue is especially challenging for CFD applications. A particular obstacle for uncertainty quantifications in CFD problems is the large model discrepancies associated with the CFD models used for uncertainty propagation. Neglecting or improperly representing the model discrepancies leads to inaccurate and distorted uncertainty distribution for the Quantities of Interest. High-fidelity models, being accurate yet expensive, can accommodate only a small ensemble of simulations and thus lead to large interpolation errors and/or sampling errors; low-fidelity models can propagate a large ensemble, but can introduce large modeling errors. In this work, we propose a multi-model strategy to account for the influences of model discrepancies in uncertainty propagation and to reduce their impact on the predictions. Specifically, we take advantage of CFD models of multiple fidelities to estimate the model ...

  7. CFD modelling approach for dam break flow studies

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    C. Biscarini

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents numerical simulations of free surface flows induced by a dam break comparing the shallow water approach to fully three-dimensional simulations. The latter are based on the solution of the complete set of Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS equations coupled to the Volume of Fluid (VOF method.

    The methods assessment and comparison are carried out on a dam break over a flat bed without friction, a dam break over a triangular bottom sill and a dam break flow over a 90° bend. Experimental and numerical literature data are compared to present results.

    The results demonstrate that the shallow water approach, even if able to sufficiently reproduce the main aspects of the fluid flows, loses some three-dimensional phenomena, due to the incorrect shallow water idealization that neglects the three-dimensional aspects related to the gravity force.

  8. CFD modelling approach for dam break flow studies

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    C. Biscarini

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents numerical simulations of free surface flows induced by a dam break comparing the shallow water approach to fully three-dimensional simulations. The latter are based on the solution of the complete set of Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS equations coupled to the Volume of Fluid (VOF method.

    The methods assessment and comparison are carried out on a dam break over a flat bed without friction and a dam break over a triangular bottom sill. Experimental and numerical literature data are compared to present results.

    The results demonstrate that the shallow water approach loses some three-dimensional phenomena, which may have a great impact when evaluating the downstream wave propagation. In particular, water wave celerity and water depth profiles could be underestimated due to the incorrect shallow water idealization that neglects the three-dimensional aspects due to the gravity force, especially during the first time steps of the motion.

  9. CFD modeling using PDF approach for investigating the flame length in rotary kilns

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    Elattar, H. F.; Specht, E.; Fouda, A.; Bin-Mahfouz, Abdullah S.

    2016-02-01

    Numerical simulations using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) are performed to investigate the flame length characteristics in rotary kilns using probability density function (PDF) approach. A commercial CFD package (ANSYS-Fluent) is employed for this objective. A 2-D axisymmetric model is applied to study the effect of both operating and geometric parameters of rotary kiln on the characteristics of the flame length. Three types of gaseous fuel are used in the present work; methane (CH4), carbon monoxide (CO) and biogas (50 % CH4 + 50 % CO2). Preliminary comparison study of 2-D modeling outputs of free jet flames with available experimental data is carried out to choose and validate the proper turbulence model for the present numerical simulations. The results showed that the excess air number, diameter of kiln air entrance, radiation modeling consideration and fuel type have remarkable effects on the flame length characteristics. Numerical correlations for the rotary kiln flame length are presented in terms of the studied kiln operating and geometric parameters within acceptable error.

  10. CFD model of diabatic annular two-phase flow using the Eulerian–Lagrangian approach

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    Highlights: • A CFD model of annular two-phase flow with evaporating liquid film has been developed. • A two-dimensional liquid film model is developed assuming that the liquid film is sufficiently thin. • The liquid film model is coupled to the gas core flow, which is represented using the Eulerian–Lagrangian approach. - Abstract: A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model of annular two-phase flow with evaporating liquid film has been developed based on the Eulerian–Lagrangian approach, with the objective to predict the dryout occurrence. Due to the fact that the liquid film is sufficiently thin in the diabatic annular flow and at the pre-dryout conditions, it is assumed that the flow in the wall normal direction can be neglected, and the spatial gradients of the dependent variables tangential to the wall are negligible compared to those in the wall normal direction. Subsequently the transport equations of mass, momentum and energy for liquid film are integrated in the wall normal direction to obtain two-dimensional equations, with all the liquid film properties depth-averaged. The liquid film model is coupled to the gas core flow, which currently is represented using the Eulerian–Lagrangian technique. The mass, momentum and energy transfers between the liquid film, gas, and entrained droplets have been taken into account. The resultant unified model for annular flow has been applied to the steam–water flow with conditions typical for a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR). The simulation results for the liquid film flow rate show favorable agreement with the experimental data, with the potential to predict the dryout occurrence based on criteria of critical film thickness or critical film flow rate

  11. Numerical modelling in building thermo-aeraulics: from CFD modelling to an hybrid finite volume / zonal approach; Modelisation numerique de la thermoaeraulique du batiment: des modeles CFD a une approche hybride volumes finis / zonale

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    Bellivier, A.

    2004-05-15

    For 3D modelling of thermo-aeraulics in building using field codes, it is necessary to reduce the computing time in order to model increasingly larger volumes. The solution suggested in this study is to couple two modelling: a zonal approach and a CFD approach. The first part of the work that was carried out is the setting of a simplified CFD modelling. We propose rules for use of coarse grids, a constant effective viscosity law and adapted coefficients for heat exchange in the framework of building thermo-aeraulics. The second part of this work concerns the creation of fluid Macro-Elements and their coupling with a calculation of CFD finite volume type. Depending on the boundary conditions of the problem, a local description of the driving flow is proposed via the installation and use of semi-empirical evolution laws. The Macro-Elements is then inserted in CFD computation: the values of velocity calculated by the evolution laws are imposed on the CFD cells corresponding to the Macro-Element. We use these two approaches on five cases representative of thermo-aeraulics in buildings. The results are compared with experimental data and with traditional RANS simulations. We highlight the significant gain of time that our approach allows while preserving a good quality of numerical results. (author)

  12. CFD spray simulations for nuclear reactor safety applications with Lagrangian approach for droplet modelling

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    The purposes of containment spray system operation during a severe accident in a light water reactor (LWR) nuclear power plant (NPP) are to depressurize the containment by steam condensation on spray droplets, to reduce the risk of hydrogen burning by mixing the containment atmosphere, and to collect radioactive aerosols from the containment atmosphere. While the depressurization may be predicted fairly well using lumped-parameter codes, the prediction of mixing and collection of aerosols requires a local description of transport phenomena. In the present work, modelling of sprays on local instantenous scale is presented and the Design of Experiment (DOE) method is used to assess the influence of boundary conditions on the simulation results. Simulation results are compared to the TOSQAN 101 spray test, which was used for a benchmarking exercise in the European Severe accident research network of excellence (SARNET). The modelling approach is based on a Lagrangian description of the dispersed liquid phase (droplets), an Eulerian approach for the description of the continuous gas phase, and a two-way interaction between the phases. The simulations are performed using a combination of the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code CFX4.4, which solves the gas transport equations, and of a newly proposed dedicated Lagrangian droplet-tracking code. (author)

  13. CFD Modeling of Wall Steam Condensation: Two-Phase Flow Approach versus Homogeneous Flow Approach

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    The present work is focused on the condensation heat transfer that plays a dominant role in many accident scenarios postulated to occur in the containment of nuclear reactors. The study compares a general multiphase approach implemented in NEPTUNECFD with a homogeneous model, of widespread use for engineering studies, implemented in CodeSaturne. The model implemented in NEPTUNECFD assumes that liquid droplets form along the wall within nucleation sites. Vapor condensation on droplets makes them grow. Once the droplet diameter reaches a critical value, gravitational forces compensate surface tension force and then droplets slide over the wall and form a liquid film. This approach allows taking into account simultaneously the mechanical drift between the droplet and the gas, the heat and mass transfer on droplets in the core of the flow and the condensation/evaporation phenomena on the walls. As concern the homogeneous approach, the motion of the liquid film due to the gravitational forces is neglected, as well as the volume occupied by the liquid. Both condensation models and compressible procedures are validated and compared to experimental data provided by the TOSQAN ISP47 experiment (IRSN Saclay). Computational results compare favorably with experimental data, particularly for the Helium and steam volume fractions.

  14. CFD based approach for modeling direct contact condensation heat transfer in two-phase turbulent stratified flows

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    This paper describes a CFD based strategy for the modeling of stratified two-phase flows with heat and mass transfer across a moving steam-water interface due to direct contact condensation. Such flows have been of major importance for example in connection with the analysis of nuclear reactor safety systems, in particular during two-phase Pressurized Thermal Shock (PTS) scenarios. The approach is based on the two-fluid phase-average model. The interfacial friction was modeled by using an Algebraic Interfacial Area Density (AIAD) framework where the drag coefficient is a function of the local flow characteristics. To show the impact of the modeling of interfacial friction the simulation with the AIAD model was compared with a simulation where a constant drag coefficient of 0.44 was used in the whole domain. For the modeling of interfacial heat and mass transfer two correlations for the water heat transfer coefficient based on the penetration theory were utilized. The CFD simulations were validated against a steady-state TOPFLOW-PTS steam/water experiment. In the experiment, very detailed temperature measurements were conducted using special thermocouple lances and infrared thermography. Total condensation rate was determined indirectly by using three different methods. The simulations have shown that the results obtained with the AIAD model are considerably closer to the experimental observations than the results obtained with the constant drag coefficient. The condensation models used in the current study predict quite different total condensation rates. That caused significant differences in the temperature field. The simulations of the TOPFLOW-PTS steam/water experiment with condensation have shown that the proposed CFD modeling approach can be successfully applied for the prediction of temperature field and condensation rate during two-phase Pressurized Thermal Shock scenarios. However, the modeling of turbulent interfacial heat transfer should be improved

  15. MODELING OF MESO-SCALE STRUCTURES IN PARTICLE-FLUID SYSTEMS: THE EMMS/CFD APPROACH

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    Ning; Yang; Wei; Wang; Wei; Ge; Jinghai; Li

    2005-01-01

    Meso-scale structures existing in the form of particle-rich clusters, streamers or strands in circulating fluidized beds, and of ascending bubble plumes and descending liquid-rich vortices in bubble columns and slurry-bed reactors, as commonly observed, have played an important role in the macro-scale behavior of particle-fluid systems. These meso-scale structures span a wide range of length and time scales, and their origin, evolution and influence are still far from being well understood.Recent decades have witnessed the emergence of computer simulation of particle-fluid systems based on computational fluid dynamic (CFD) models. However, strictly speaking these models are far from mature and the complex nature of particle-fluid systems arising from the meso-scale structures has been posing great challenges to investigators. The reason may be that the current two-fluid models (TFM) are derived either from continuum mechanics by using different kinds of averaging techniques for the conservation equations of single-phase flow, or from the kinetic theory of gases in which the assumption of molecular chaos is employed, thereby losing sight of the meso-scale heterogeneity at the scale of computational cells and leading to inaccurate calculation of the interaction force between particles and fluids. For example, the overall drag force for particles in a cell is usually calculated from the empirical Wen & Yu/Ergun correlations,which should be suspected since these correlations were originally derived from homogeneous systems.Schemes to solve this problem for gas-particles systems may be classified into four categories. First, one could capture the detailed meso-scale structure information at the cell scale by employing the so-called direct numerical simulation (DNS) (Hu, 1996), the pseudo-particle modeling (PPM) (Ge & Li, 2003), or the Lattice-Boltzmann method (LBM) to track the interface between gas and particles. Second, refinement of the computational meshes may

  16. Modeling and Simulation of Fixed Bed Adsorption Column using Integrated CFD Approach

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    A.M. Shariff

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The understanding of detailed fluid flow in the fixed bed adsorption column is substantially crucial since the mass and heat transfer in the bed is influenced by the column hydrodynamics. In this study, an integrated CFD model was developed to model and simulate the adsorption dynamics and hydrodynamics of gaseous fluid (CH4 and CO2 mixture in the fixed bed adsorption column. The developed integrated model was used to determine the CO2 concentration factor at the column (which indicating the CO2 adsorption capacity as a function of time, based on different operating conditions. The simulated results were compared with experimental data and found to give a good agreement with error less than 2.5%. The effect of various influencing parameters such as feed velocity, bed porosity and feed concentration were studied to investigate their influences on the CO2 adsorption capacity. Besides, the effect of inlet CO2 concentration on the bed temperature profile was also studied in the present study.

  17. Comprehensive Approach to Verification and Validation of CFD Simulations Applied to Backward Facing Step-Application of CFD Uncertainty Analysis

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    Groves, Curtis E.; LLie, Marcel; Shallhorn, Paul A.

    2012-01-01

    There are inherent uncertainties and errors associated with using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to predict the flow field and there is no standard method for evaluating uncertainty in the CFD community. This paper describes an approach to -validate the . uncertainty in using CFD. The method will use the state of the art uncertainty analysis applying different turbulence niodels and draw conclusions on which models provide the least uncertainty and which models most accurately predict the flow of a backward facing step.

  18. SLURRY FLOW MODELLING BY CFD

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    K.C. Ghanta

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available An attempt has been made in the present study to develop a generalized slurry flow model using CFD and utilize the model to predict concentration profile. The purpose of the CFD model is to gain better insight into the solid liquid slur¬ry flow in pipelines. Initially a three-dimensional model problem was developed to understand the influence of the particle drag coefficient on the solid concen¬tration profile. The preliminary simulations highlighted the need for correct mo¬delling of the inter phase drag force. The various drag correlations available in the literature were incorporated into a two-fluid model (Euler-Euler along with the standard k- turbulence model with mixture properties to simulate the tur¬bulent solid-liquid flow in a pipeline. The computational model was mapped on to a commercial CFD solver FLUENT6.2 (of Fluent Inc., USA. To push the en¬velope of applicability of the simulation, recent data from Kaushal (2005 (with solid concentration up to 50% was selected to validate the three dimensional simulations. The experimental data consisted of water-glass bead slurry at 125 and 440-micron particle with different flow velocity (from 1 to 5 m/s and overall concentration up to 10 to 50% by volume. The predicted pressure drop and concentration profile were validated by experimental data and showed excel-lent agreement. Interesting findings came out from the parametric study of ve-locity and concentration profiles. The computational model and results discus¬sed in this work would be useful for extending the applications of CFD models for simulating large slurry pipelines.

  19. Modelling of Air Flow trough a Slatted Floor by CFD

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    Svidt, Kjeld; Bjerg, Bjarne; Morsing, Svend;

    In this paper two different CFD-approaches are investigated to model the airflow through a slatted floor. Experiments are carried out in a full-scale test room. The computer simulations are carried out with the CFD-code FLOVENT, which solves the time-averaged Navier-Stokes equations by use of the k...

  20. Scavenging Process Analysis in a 2-Stroke Engine by CFD Approach for a Parametric 0D Model Development

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    Cagin, Stéphanie; Bourabaa, Nachida; Delacourt, Eric; Morin, Céline; Fischer, Xavier; Coutellier, Daniel; Carré, Bertrand; Loumé, Sylvain

    2015-01-01

    International audience This paper presents a method to improve cylinder design of 2-stroke auto-ignition engine based on a CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) study of internal flows in the chamber and an unsteady global 0D parametric approach. In 2-stroke engine, scavenging process plays an important role regarding engine efficiency and pollutant emissions. Several geometrical and environmental parameters (like piston velocity and inlet/outlet thermofluid conditions) impact the scavenging ...

  1. CFD modelling of wall steam condensation by a two-phase flow approach

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    Condensation heat transfer in the presence of non-condensable gases is a relevant phenomenon in many industrial applications. The present work is focused on the condensation heat transfer that plays a dominant role in many accident scenarios postulated to occur in the containment of nuclear reactors. The aim of the study is to contribute to the understanding of the heat and mass transfer mechanisms involved in the problem. The modelling proposed in the paper assumes that liquid droplets form along the wall at nucleation sites. Vapor condensation on droplets makes them to grow. Once the droplet diameter reaches a critical value, gravitational forces compensate surface tension force and then droplets slide over the wall. Droplets can also join the surrounding droplets and form a film layer. As a consequence of the modelling adopted in the paper, the starting point is the balance of heat and mass transfer between droplets and the gas mixture surrounding the droplet. So, the flow in the simulation domain is modelled as a two-phase flow. This approach allows taking into account simultaneously heat and mass transfer on droplets in the core of the flow and condensation or evaporation phenomena at the wall. Two tests were performed to validate the condensation model against experimental data: the COPAIN experiment (CEA Grenoble) and the TOSQAN ISP47 experiment (IRSN Saclay). Calculated profiles compare favourably with experimental results particularly for the helium and steam volume fraction. Nevertheless the cross-comparison of the gas velocities profiles should be improved in plume-jet configuration. Hence more investigations are needed in turbulence modelling for accurate predictions of heat transfer in the whole containment. (author)

  2. Modelling a DR shaft operated with pure hydrogen using a physical-chemical and CFD approach

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    Ranzani Da Costa, Andrea; Wagner, D.; Patisson, F.; Ablitzer, D.

    2009-01-01

    International audience The hydrogen-based route could be a valuable way to produce steel considering its low carbon dioxide emissions. In ULCOS, it is regarded as a long-term option, largely dependent on the emergence of a hydrogen economy. To anticipate its possible development, it was decided to check the feasibility of using 100% H2 in a Direct Reduction shaft furnace and to determine the best operating conditions, through appropriate experimental and modelling work. We developed from s...

  3. Effects of Temperature on the Wave Soldering of Printed Circuit Boards: CFD Modeling Approach

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    M.S. Abdul Aziz

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT This study investigated the effects of temperature on the wave soldering of printed circuit boards (PCBs using three-dimensional finite volume analysis. A computational solder pot model consisting of a six-blade rotational propeller was developed and meshed using tetrahedral elements. The leaded molten solder (Sn63Pb37 distribution and PCB wetting profile were determined using the volume of fluid technique in the fluid flow solver, FLUENT. In this study, the effects of five different molten solder temperatures (456 K, 473 K, 523 K, 583 K, and 643 K on the wave soldering of a 70 mm × 146 mm PCB were considered. The effects of temperature on wetting area, wetting profile, velocity vector, and full wetting time were likewise investigated. Molten solder temperature significantly affected the wetting time and distribution of PCBs. The molten solder temperature at 523 K demonstrated desirable wetting distribution and yielded a stable fountain profile and was therefore considered the best temperature in this study. The simulation results were substantiated by the experimental results.

  4. An overview of CFD modelling of small-scale fixed-bed biomass pellet boilers with preliminary results from a simplified approach

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    Highlights: ► Overview of the overall approach of modelling fixed-bed biomass boilers in CFD. ► Bed sub-models of moisture evaporation, devolatisation and char combustion reviewed. ► A method of embedding a combustion model in discrete fuel zones within the CFD is suggested. ► Includes sample of preliminary results for a 50 kW pellet boiler. ► Clear physical trends predicted. - Abstract: The increasing global energy demand and mounting pressures for CO2 mitigation call for increased efficient utilization of biomass, particularly for heating domestic and commercial buildings. The authors of the present paper are investigating the optimization of the combustion performance and NOx emissions of a 50 kW biomass pellet boiler fabricated by a UK manufacturer. The boiler has a number of adjustable parameters including the ratio of air flow split between the primary and secondary supplies, the orientation, height, direction and number of the secondary inlets. The optimization of these parameters provides opportunities to improve both the combustion efficiency and NOx emissions. When used carefully in conjunction with experiments, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling is a useful tool for rapidly and at minimum cost examining the combustion performance and emissions from a boiler with multiple variable parameters. However, modelling combustion and emissions of a small-scale biomass pellet boiler is not trivial and appropriate fixed-bed models that can be coupled with the CFD code are required. This paper reviews previous approaches specifically relevant to simulating fixed-bed biomass boilers. In the first part it considers approaches to modelling the heterogeneous solid phase and coupling this with the gas phase. The essential components of the sub-models are then overviewed. Importantly, for the optimization process a model is required that has a good balance between accuracy in predicting physical trends, with low computational run time. Finally, a

  5. Liquid rocket propulsion impeller CFD modeling

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    Ratcliff, Mark L.; Athavale, Mahesh M.; Thomas, Matthew E.; Williams, Robert W.

    1993-01-01

    Steady-state impeller geometric modeling and typical Navier-Stokes CFD algorithm analysis procedures are assessed using two benchmark quality impeller data sets. Two geometric modeling and grid generation software packages, ICEM-CFD and PATRAN, are considered. Results show that a significant advantage of PATRAN's open-ended architecture is the potential interaction between CFD and structural/thermal analysts inside the mechanical computer-aided engineering environment. However the time required to construct the inducer grid would be unacceptable in a design and engineering environment. The ICEM-CFD package is considered to be more appropriate for structural grid generation but lacks the mature link to structural/thermal analysis arena as compared to PATRAN.

  6. Prediction of gasoline yield in a fluid catalytic cracking (FCC riser using k-epsilon turbulence and 4-lump kinetic models: A computational fluid dynamics (CFD approach

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    Muhammad Ahsan

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC is an essential process for the conversion of gas oil to gasoline. This study is an effort to model the phenomenon numerically using commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD software, heavy density catalyst and 4-lump kinetic model. Geometry, boundary conditions and dimensions of industrial riser for catalytic cracking unit are conferred for 2D simulation using commercial CFD code FLUENT 6.3. Continuity, momentum, energy and species transport equations, applicable to two phase solid and gas flow, are used to simulate the physical phenomenon as efficient as possible. This study implements and predicts the use of the granular Eulerian multiphase model with species transport. Time accurate transient problem is solved with the prediction of mass fraction profiles of gas oil, gasoline, light gas and coke. The output curves demonstrate the breaking of heavy hydrocarbon in the presence of catalyst. An approach proposed in this study shows good agreement with the experimental and numerical data available in the literature.

  7. A CFD model for orbital gerotor motor

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    In this paper, a full 3D transient CFD model for orbital gerotor motor is described in detail. One of the key technologies to model such a fluid machine is the mesh treatment for the dynamically changing rotor fluid volume. Based on the geometry and the working mechanism of the orbital gerotor, a moving/deforming mesh algorithm was introduced and implemented in a CFD software package. The test simulations show that the proposed algorithm is accurate, robust, and efficient when applied to industrial orbital gerotor motor designs. Simulation results are presented in the paper and compared with experiment test data.

  8. Efficient Turbulence Modeling for CFD Wake Simulations

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    van der Laan, Paul

    Wind turbine wakes can cause 10-20% annual energy losses in wind farms, and wake turbulence can decrease the lifetime of wind turbine blades. One way of estimating these effects is the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to simulate wind turbines wakes in the atmospheric boundary layer. Since...... wind farm, the simulated results cannot be compared directly with wind farm measurements that have a high uncertainty in the measured reference wind direction. When this uncertainty is used to post-process the CFD results, a fairer comparison with measurements is achieved....... this flow is in the high Reynolds number regime, it is mainly dictated by turbulence. As a result, the turbulence modeling in CFD dominates the wake characteristics, especially in Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS). The present work is dedicated to study and develop RANS-based turbulence models...

  9. Modelling Complex Inlet Geometries in CFD

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    Skovgaard, M.; Nielsen, Peter V.

    field. In order to apply CFD for this purpose it is essential to be able to model the inlet conditions precisely and effectively, in a way which is comprehensible to the manufacturer of inlet devices and in a way which can be coped with by the computer. In this paper a universal method is presented and...

  10. Gasificaton Transport: A Multiphase CFD Approach & Measurements

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    Dimitri Gidaspow; Veeraya Jiradilok; Mayank Kashyap; Benjapon Chalermsinsuwan

    2009-02-14

    The objective of this project was to develop predictive theories for the dispersion and mass transfer coefficients and to measure them in the turbulent fluidization regime, using existing facilities. A second objective was to use our multiphase CFD tools to suggest optimized gasifier designs consistent with aims of Future Gen. We have shown that the kinetic theory based CFD codes correctly compute: (1) Dispersion coefficients; and (2) Mass transfer coefficients. Hence, the kinetic theory based CFD codes can be used for fluidized bed reactor design without any such inputs. We have also suggested a new energy efficient method of gasifying coal and producing electricity using a molten carbonate fuel cell. The principal product of this new scheme is carbon dioxide which can be converted into useful products such as marble, as is done very slowly in nature. We believe this scheme is a lot better than the canceled FutureGen, since the carbon dioxide is safely sequestered.

  11. Tip studies using CFD and comparison with tip loss models

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    Hansen, Martin Otto Laver; Johansen, J.

    The flow past a rotating LM8.2 blade equipped with two different tips are computed using CFD. The different tip flows are analysed and a comparison with two different tip loss models is made. Keywords: tip flow, aerodynamics, CFD......The flow past a rotating LM8.2 blade equipped with two different tips are computed using CFD. The different tip flows are analysed and a comparison with two different tip loss models is made. Keywords: tip flow, aerodynamics, CFD...

  12. Application of Simple CFD Models in Smoke Ventilation Design

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    Brohus, Henrik; Nielsen, Peter Vilhelm; la Cour-Harbo, Hans;

    2004-01-01

    The paper examines the possibilities of using simple CFD models in practical smoke ventilation design. The aim is to assess if it is possible with a reasonable accuracy to predict the behaviour of smoke transport in case of a fire. A CFD code mainly applicable for “ordinary” ventilation design is...... used for the examination. The CFD model is compared with benchmark tests and results from a special application fire simulation CFD code. Apart from benchmark tests two practical applications are examined in shape of modelling a fire in a theatre and a double façade, respectively. The simple CFD model...

  13. CFD model of an aerating hydrofoil

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    Improving water quality in the tailrace below hydroelectric dams has become a priority in many river systems. In warm climates, water drawn by the turbine from deep in a reservoir can be deficient in dissolved oxygen (DO), a critical element in maintaining a healthy aquatic ecosystem. Many different solutions have been proposed in order to increase the DO levels in turbine discharge, including: turbine aeration systems (adding air to the water through either the turbine hub, the periphery or through distributed aeration in the runner blades); bubble diffusers in the reservoir or in the tailrace; aerating weirs downstream of the dams; and surface water pumps in the reservoir near the dam. There is a significant potential to increase the effectiveness of these solutions by improving the way that oxygen is introduced into the water; better distributions of bubbles will result in better oxygen transfer. In the present study, a two-phase Computational Fluid Dynamics model has been formulated using a commercial code to study the distribution of air downstream of a simple aerating hydrofoil. The two-phase model uses the Eulerian-Eulerian approach. Appropriate relations are used to model the interphase forces, including the Grace drag force model, the Favre averaged drag force and the Sato enhanced eddy viscosity. The model is validated using experimental results obtained in the water tunnel at the University of Minnesota's Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory. Results are obtained for water velocities between 5 and 10 m/s, air flow rates between 0.5 and 1.5 sL/min and for angles of attack between 0° and -8°. The results of this study show that the CFD model provides a good qualitative comparison to the experimental results by well predicting the wake location at the different flow rates and angles of attack used

  14. Linearised CFD Models for Wakes

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    Ott, Søren; Berg, Jacob; Nielsen, Morten

    from generic look{up tables. Three dierent models, based on three dierent closures, are examined:  - the 'simple closure' using an unperturbed eddy viscosity uz  - the mixing length closure  - the E-ε closure Model results are evaluated against oshore wind farm production data from Horns Rev I and the......This report describes the development of a fast and reasonably accurate model for the prediction of energy production in oshore wind farms taking wake eects into account. The model has been implemented as a windows application called Fuga which can run in batch mode or as a graphical user interface....... Fuga is brie y described. The model is based on alinearization technique which is described in some detail, and linearized, governing equations are derived and written in a standard form based on a mixed{spectral formulation. A new solution method is used to solve the equations which involves intensive...

  15. CFD Modeling of Sodium Fires

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    A sodium cooled fast reactor is one of the attractive concepts for the 4th generation nuclear reactors. For the safety of a sodium cooled fast reactor, sodium-air and sodium-water reactions must be avoided. A sodium-air reaction typically occurs in two dominant modes, namely the spray fire and the pool fire. To avoid sodium-air accidents and to deal with their consequences, it is essential to understand the physical phenomena. Numerical modeling is one of the methods, which can be used to understand all the physics involved. This paper will present new numerical methods to model sodium pool combustion based on advanced state-of-the-art Computational Fluid Dynamics techniques. The models have been developed, implemented and validated against available experimental data of Newman and Payne. (author)

  16. Linearised CFD models for wakes

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    Ott, S.; Berg, J.; Nielsen, Morten

    2011-12-15

    This report describes the development of a fast and reasonably accurate model for the prediction of energy production in offshore wind farms taking wake effects into account. The model has been implemented as a windows application called Fuga which can run in batch mode or as a graphical user interface. Fuga is briefly described. The model is based on a linearization technique which is described in some detail, and linearized, governing equations are derived and written in a standard form based on a mixed-spectral formulation. A new solution method is used to solve the equations which involves intensive use of look-up tables for storage of intermediate results. Due to the linearity of the model, multiple wakes from many turbines can be constructed from the wake of a single, solitary turbine. These are in turn constructed from Fourier components by a fast Fourier integral transform of results derived from generic look-up tables. Three different models, based on three different closures, are examined: 1) the 'simple closure' using an unperturbed eddy viscosity kucentre dotz. 2) the mixing length closure. 3) the E-epsilon closure. Model results are evaluated against offshore wind farm production data from Horns Rev I and the Nysted wind farm, and a comparison with direct wake measurements in an onshore turbine (Nibe B) is also made. A very satisfactory agreement with data is found for the simple closure. The exception is the near wake, just behind the rotor, where all three linearized models fail. The mixing length closure underestimates wake effects in all cases. The E-epsilon closure overestimates wake losses in the offshore farms while it predicts a too shallow and too wide the wake in the onshore case. The simple closure performs distinctly better than the other two. Wind speed data from the the Horns rev met masts are used to further validate Fuga results with the 'simple' closure. Finally, Roedsand 1 and 2 are used as an example to illustrate

  17. Modeling Pulse Tube Cryocoolers with CFD

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    Flake, Barrett; Razani, Arsalan

    2004-06-01

    A commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software package is used to model the oscillating flow inside a pulse tube cryocooler. Capabilities for modeling pulse tubes are demonstrated with preliminary case studies and the results presented. The 2D axi-symmetric simulations demonstrate the time varying temperature and velocity fields in the tube along with computation of the heat fluxes at the hot and cold heat exchangers. The only externally imposed boundary conditions are a cyclically moving piston wall at one end of the tube and constant temperature or heat flux boundaries at the external walls of the hot and cold heat exchangers.

  18. Wind modelling over complex terrain using CFD

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    Avila, Matias; Owen, Herbert; Folch, Arnau; Prieto, Luis; Cosculluela, Luis

    2015-04-01

    The present work deals with the numerical CFD modelling of onshore wind farms in the context of High Performance Computing (HPC). The CFD model involves the numerical solution of the Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations together with a κ-ɛ turbulence model and the energy equation, specially designed for Atmospheric Boundary Layer (ABL) flows. The aim is to predict the wind velocity distribution over complex terrain, using a model that includes meteorological data assimilation, thermal coupling, forested canopy and Coriolis effects. The modelling strategy involves automatic mesh generation, terrain data assimilation and generation of boundary conditions for the inflow wind flow distribution up to the geostrophic height. The CFD model has been implemented in Alya, a HPC multi physics parallel solver able to run with thousands of processors with an optimal scalability, developed in Barcelona Supercomputing Center. The implemented thermal stability and canopy physical model was developed by Sogachev in 2012. The k-ɛ equations are of non-linear convection diffusion reaction type. The implemented numerical scheme consists on a stabilized finite element formulation based on the variational multiscale method, that is known to be stable for this kind of turbulence equations. We present a numerical formulation that stresses on the robustness of the solution method, tackling common problems that produce instability. The iterative strategy and linearization scheme is discussed. It intends to avoid the possibility of having negative values of diffusion during the iterative process, which may lead to divergence of the scheme. These problems are addressed by acting on the coefficients of the reaction and diffusion terms and on the turbulent variables themselves. The k-ɛ equations are highly nonlinear. Complex terrain induces transient flow instabilities that may preclude the convergence of computer flow simulations based on steady state formulation of the

  19. CFD modeling of the EPR primary circuit

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    Highlights: • A RANS CFD computation of almost all of the EPR reactor primary circuit is demonstrated. • Comparison with experimental data of the obtained results is carried out. • Hydraulic decoupling between main vessel elements in normal operation is pointed out. • Promising results are found out with regards to nuclear plants’ safety demonstration. - Abstract: The present paper deals with the feasibility of a RANS CFD computation of almost all of the primary circuit of a EPR PWR reactor. The developed model includes the vessel, the core, the steam generators and the associated piping. The flow in the primary circuit is studied under normal operations with balanced flow rates between loops. The k–ε realizable model is retained for the turbulence modeling, and standard wall functions are used as wall treatment. The constructed grid contains about 181,000,000 elements, mainly hexahedrons. The computation is performed with the commercial CFD code STAR-CD, and despite the relatively large amount of cells, such kind of computation is fully accessible at an industrial scale with today available computational resources. A comparison with experimental data of the obtained results is carried out. The simulation results in the vessel are confronted to measurements issued from JULIETTE and ROMEO mock-ups, representative of the EPR lower and upper internals respectively. Regarding the steam generators, a benchmark with the dedicated code GENEPI is also performed. An overall good agreement with the reference data is underlined. The potential up-and-downstream effects of the different modeled components brought interesting knowledge, especially with regards to safety issues. These encouraging results allow in testing, in a near future, this model in other configurations such as unbalanced operation or accidental transients

  20. A Large Interface Model for two-phase CFD

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    Highlights: ► CFD of PTS involves interfaces generally much larger than the computational cells. ► A two-phase model is developed to better take them into account. ► It includes interface recognition, friction, heat and mass transfer. ► The models are written in a three-cell stencil in a wall law-like format. -- Abstract: In the context of the Pressurized Thermal Shock (PTS) studies related to PWR life extension, a two-phase CFD (Eulerian two-field 3D transient) approach has been developed and validated during the last decade. The PTS CFD involves interfaces between liquid and vapour which are generally much larger than the computational cells size: the large interfaces. Special models to deal with them were developed and implemented in the NEPTUNECFD code: it is the Large Interface Model (LIM). It includes large interface recognition, interfacial transfer of momentum (friction), heat and mass transfer with direct contact condensation. The LIM takes into account large interfaces which can be smooth, wavy or rough. The models are written within a three-cell stencil around the large interface position. This stencil is used to calculate, on both the liquid and gas sides, the distance from the first computational cell to the large interface. Both distances are used in the models written in a wall law-like format. Some assumptions made to write the LIM were deduced from the picture given by the experimental data base which was defined for the CFD validation in the context of the PTS issue

  1. A quantitative CFD benchmark for Sodium Fast Reactor fuel assembly modeling

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    Highlights: • A CFD model is benchmarked against the ORNL 19-pin Sodium Test assembly. • Sensitivity was tested for cell size, turbulence model, and wire contact model. • The CFD model was found to be appropriately representing the experiment. • CFD was then used as a predictive tool to help understand experimental uncertainty. • Comparison to subchannel results were carried out as well. - Abstract: This paper details a CFD model of a 19-pin wire-wrapped sodium fuel assembly experiment conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the 1970s. Model sensitivities were tested for cell size, turbulence closure, wire-wrap contact, inlet geometry, outlet geometry, and conjugate heat transfer. The final model was compared to the experimental results quantitatively to establish confidence in the approach. The results were also compared to the sub-channel analysis code COBRA-IV-I-MIT. Experiment and CFD computations were consistent inside the bundle. Comparison between experimental temperature measurements from thermocouples embedded in the heated length of the bundle are consistently reproducible with CFD code predictions across a wide range of operating conditions. The demonstrated agreement provides confidence in the predictive capabilities of the approach. However significant discrepancy between the CFD code predictions and the experimental data was found at the bundle outlet. Further sensitivity studies are presented to support the conclusion that this discrepancy is caused by significant uncertainty associated with the experimental data reported for the bundle outlet

  2. From EMPD to CFD – overview of different approaches for Heat Air and Moisture modeling in IEA Annex 41

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    Woloszyn, Monika; Rode, Carsten; Kalagasidis, Angela S.;

    2009-01-01

    This paper provides an overview of the recent developments of Heat, Air and Moisture modeling of Whole Buildings, which were carried out within a collaborative project of the International Energy Agency. The project has strived to advance the possibilities to calculate the integrated phenomena of...

  3. CFD modeling and experimental validation of heat and mass transfer in wood poles subjected to high temperatures: a conjugate approach

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    Younsi, R.; Kocaefe, D.; Poncsak, S.; Kocaefe, Y.; Gastonguay, L.

    2008-03-01

    In this article, a coupling method is presented in the case of high thermal treatment of a wood pole and a three-dimensional numerical simulation is proposed. The conservation equations for the wood sample are obtained using diffusion equation with variables diffusion coefficients and the incompressible Reynolds averaged Navier Stokes equations have been solved for the flow field. The connection between the two problems is achieved by expressing the continuity of the state variables and their respective fluxes through the interface. Turbulence closure is obtained by the use of the standard k ɛ model with the usual wall function treatment. The model equations are solved numerically by the commercial package ANSYS-CFX10. The wood pole was subjected to high temperature treatment under different operating conditions. The model validation is carried out via a comparison between the predicted values with those obtained experimentally. The comparison of the numerical and experimental results shows good agreement, implying that the proposed numerical algorithm can be used as a useful tool in designing high-temperature wood treatment processes. A parametric study was also carried out to determine the effects of several parameters such as initial moisture content, wood aspect ratio and final gas temperature on temperature and moisture content distributions within the samples during heat treatment.

  4. Qualification of CFD-models for multiphase flows

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    Lucas, Dirk [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Dresden (Germany)

    2016-05-15

    While Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is already an accepted industrial tool for single phase flows it is not yet mature for two-phase flows. For this reason the qualification of CFD for reactor safety relevant applications which involve multiphase flows is a present topic of research. At the CFD division of Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) hereby beside an application-oriented model development and validation also more generic investigations are done. Thus, the baseline model strategy aims on the consolidation of the CFD-modelling for multiphase to enable reliable predictions for well-defined flow pattern in future. In addition the recently developed GENTOP-concept broadens the range of applicability of CFD. Different flow morphologies including transitions between them can be considered in frame of this concept.

  5. Qualification of CFD-models for multiphase flows

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    While Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is already an accepted industrial tool for single phase flows it is not yet mature for two-phase flows. For this reason the qualification of CFD for reactor safety relevant applications which involve multiphase flows is a present topic of research. At the CFD division of Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) hereby beside an application-oriented model development and validation also more generic investigations are done. Thus, the baseline model strategy aims on the consolidation of the CFD-modelling for multiphase to enable reliable predictions for well-defined flow pattern in future. In addition the recently developed GENTOP-concept broadens the range of applicability of CFD. Different flow morphologies including transitions between them can be considered in frame of this concept.

  6. CFD modeling of passive autocatalytic recombiners*

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This study deals with numerical modeling of passive autocatalytic hydrogen recombiners (PARs. Such devices are installed within containments of many nuclear reactors in order to remove hydrogen and convert it to steam. The main purpose of this work is to develop a numerical model of passive autocatalytic recombiner (PAR using the commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD software ANSYS-FLUENT and tuning the model using experimental results. The REKO 3 experiment was used for this purpose. Experiment was made in the Institute for Safety Research and Reactor Technology in Julich (Germany. It has been performed for different hydrogen concentrations, different flow rates, the presence of steam, and different initial temperatures of the inlet mixture. The model of this experimental recombiner was elaborated within the framework of this work. The influence of mesh, gas thermal conductivity coefficient, mass diffusivity coefficients, and turbulence model was investigated. The best results with a good agreement with REKO 3 data were received for k-ɛ model of turbulence, gas thermal conductivity dependent on the temperature and mass diffusivity coefficients taken from CHEMKIN program. The validated model of the PAR was next implemented into simple two-dimensional simulations of hydrogen behavior within a subcompartment of a containment building.

  7. Indoor Airflow Simulation inside Lecture Room: A CFD Approach

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    Lin, S.; Tee, B. T.; Tan, C. F.

    2015-09-01

    Indoor air flow distribution is important as it will affect the productivity of the occupants. Poor air flow distribution not only cause discomfort to the occupants but also influence their ability to conduct their activities. The main purpose of this study is to investigate the indoor air flow inside lecture rooms through CFD simulation approach. Two types of air-conditioning configuration system in lecture rooms have been selected for this study which includes the split unit and centralized system. The air flow distribution between these two systems are analyzed and compared. Physical measurement is conducted using a velocity meter for validation purpose. CFD simulation is developed by using ANSYS Fluent software. The results specifically the air velocity and temperature data are compared and validated. Based on the findings, design recommendation is proposed with the aim to improve on the current air flow distribution in the lecture rooms.

  8. CFD and FEM modeling of PPOOLEX experiments

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    Paettikangas, T.; Niemi, J.; Timperi, A. (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Finland))

    2011-01-15

    Large-break LOCA experiment performed with the PPOOLEX experimental facility is analysed with CFD calculations. Simulation of the first 100 seconds of the experiment is performed by using the Euler-Euler two-phase model of FLUENT 6.3. In wall condensation, the condensing water forms a film layer on the wall surface, which is modelled by mass transfer from the gas phase to the liquid water phase in the near-wall grid cell. The direct-contact condensation in the wetwell is modelled with simple correlations. The wall condensation and direct-contact condensation models are implemented with user-defined functions in FLUENT. Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) calculations of the PPOOLEX experiments and of a realistic BWR containment are also presented. Two-way coupled FSI calculations of the experiments have been numerically unstable with explicit coupling. A linear perturbation method is therefore used for preventing the numerical instability. The method is first validated against numerical data and against the PPOOLEX experiments. Preliminary FSI calculations are then performed for a realistic BWR containment by modeling a sector of the containment and one blowdown pipe. For the BWR containment, one- and two-way coupled calculations as well as calculations with LPM are carried out. (Author)

  9. CFD APPROACH FOR FLOW CHARACTERISTICS OF HYDRAULIC FRANCIS TURBINE

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    RUCHI KHARE,; DR. VISHNU PRASAD,; RUCHI KHARE, DR. VISHNU PRASAD,

    2010-01-01

    With the growth of computational mechanics, the virtual hydraulic machines are becoming more and more realistic to get minor details of the flow, which are not possible in model testing. In present work, 3D turbulent real flow analyses in hydraulic Francis turbine have been carried out at three guide vane opening and different rotation speed using Ansys CFX computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. The average values of flow parameters like velocities and flow angles at the inlet and outle...

  10. An Integrated Modeling Approach for Predicting Process Maps of Residual Stress and Distortion in a Laser Weld: A Combined CFD-FE Methodology

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    Turner, Richard P.; Panwisawas, Chinnapat; Sovani, Yogesh; Perumal, Bama; Ward, R. Mark; Brooks, Jeffery W.; Basoalto, Hector C.

    2016-07-01

    Laser welding has become an important joining methodology within a number of industries for the structural joining of metallic parts. It offers a high power density welding capability which is desirable for deep weld sections, but is equally suited to performing thinner welded joints with sensible amendments to key process variables. However, as with any welding process, the introduction of severe thermal gradients at the weld line will inevitably lead to process-induced residual stress formation and distortions. Finite element (FE) predictions for weld simulation have been made within academia and industrial research for a number of years, although given the fluid nature of the molten weld pool, FE methodologies have limited capabilities. An improvement upon this established method would be to incorporate a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model formulation prior to the FE model, to predict the weld pool shape and fluid flow, such that details can be fed into FE from CFD as a starting condition. The key outputs of residual stress and distortions predicted by the FE model can then be monitored against the process variables input to the model. Further, a link between the thermal results and the microstructural properties is of interest. Therefore, an empirical relationship between lamellar spacing and the cooling rate was developed and used to make predictions about the lamellar spacing for welds of different process parameters. Processing parameter combinations that lead to regions of high residual stress formation and high distortion have been determined, and the impact of processing parameters upon the predicted lamellar spacing has been presented.

  11. CFD modeling of a boiler's tubes rupture

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    This paper reports the results of a study on the reason for tubes damage in the superheater Platen section of the 320 MW Bisotoun power plant, Iran. The boiler has three types of superheater tubes and the damage occurs in a series of elbows belongs to the long tubes. A three-dimensional modeling was performed using an in-house computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code in order to explore the reason. The code has ability of simultaneous solving of the continuity, the Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations and employing the turbulence, combustion and radiation models. The whole boiler including; walls, burners, air channels, three types of tubes, etc., was modeled in the real scale. The boiler was meshed into almost 2,000,000 tetrahedral control volumes and the standard k-ε turbulence model and the Rosseland radiation model were used in the model. The theoretical results showed that the inlet 18.9 MPa saturated steam becomes superheated inside the tubes and exit at a pressure of 17.8 MPa. The predicted results showed that the temperature of the steam and tube's wall in the long tubes is higher than the short and medium size tubes. In addition, the predicted steam mass flow rate in the long tube was lower than other ones. Therefore, it was concluded that the main reason for the rupture in the long tubes elbow is changing of the tube's metal microstructure due to working in a temperature higher than the design temperature. In addition, the structural fatigue tension makes the last elbow of the long tube more ready for rupture in comparison with the other places. The concluded result was validated by observations from the photomicrograph of the tube's metal samples taken from the damaged and undamaged sections

  12. Immersive visualization of dynamic CFD model results

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    With immersive visualization the engineer has the means for vividly understanding problem causes and discovering opportunities to improve design. Software can generate an interactive world in which collaborators experience the results of complex mathematical simulations such as computational fluid dynamic (CFD) modeling. Such software, while providing unique benefits over traditional visualization techniques, presents special development challenges. The visualization of large quantities of data interactively requires both significant computational power and shrewd data management. On the computational front, commodity hardware is outperforming large workstations in graphical quality and frame rates. Also, 64-bit commodity computing shows promise in enabling interactive visualization of large datasets. Initial interactive transient visualization methods and examples are presented, as well as development trends in commodity hardware and clustering. Interactive, immersive visualization relies on relevant data being stored in active memory for fast response to user requests. For large or transient datasets, data management becomes a key issue. Techniques for dynamic data loading and data reduction are presented as means to increase visualization performance. (author)

  13. CFD modelling of Stirling engines with complex design topologies

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    Alexakis, Thanos

    2013-01-01

    This research is in the field of CFD modelling of heat engines, particularly the advanced CFD methodologies for the performance characterization of solar Stirling Engines with complex geometrical topologies. The research aims to investigate whether these methods can provide a more inclusive picture of the engine performance and how this information can be used for the design improvement of Stirling engines and the investigation of more complex engine topologies.

  14. CFD APPROACH FOR FLOW CHARACTERISTICS OF HYDRAULIC FRANCIS TURBINE

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    RUCHI KHARE,

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available With the growth of computational mechanics, the virtual hydraulic machines are becoming more and more realistic to get minor details of the flow, which are not possible in model testing. In present work, 3D turbulent real flow analyses in hydraulic Francis turbine have been carried out at three guide vane opening and different rotation speed using Ansys CFX computational fluid dynamics (CFD software. The average values of flow parameters like velocities and flow angles at the inlet and outlet of runner, guide vane and stay vane of turbine are computed to derive flow characteristics.

  15. Study of indoor radon distribution using measurements and CFD modeling

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    Measurement and/or prediction of indoor radon (222Rn) concentration are important due to the impact of radon on indoor air quality and consequent inhalation hazard. In recent times, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) based modeling has become the cost effective replacement of experimental methods for the prediction and visualization of indoor pollutant distribution. The aim of this study is to implement CFD based modeling for studying indoor radon gas distribution. This study focuses on comparison of experimentally measured and CFD modeling predicted spatial distribution of radon concentration for a model test room. The key inputs for simulation viz. radon exhalation rate and ventilation rate were measured as a part of this study. Validation experiments were performed by measuring radon concentration at different locations of test room using active (continuous radon monitor) and passive (pin-hole dosimeters) techniques. Modeling predictions have been found to be reasonably matching with the measurement results. The validated model can be used to understand and study factors affecting indoor radon distribution for more realistic indoor environment. - Highlights: • Indoor radon distribution has been studied using active and passive measurements and CFD simulation. • At low ventilation, non-uniformity of radon concentration was observed. • Measured wall radon flux and ventilation rate has been used in simulations. • CFD simulation results were found to be close to measurements

  16. MODELLING MANTLE TANKS FOR SDHW SYSTEMS USING PIV AND CFD

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    Shah, Louise Jivan; Morrison, G.L.; Behnia, Masud

    1999-01-01

    mantle is buoyancy dominated. The numerically predicted flow distribution was found to be in good agreement with the experimental results. The numerical results were also found to be independent of the grid system used to model the convection processes on either side of the mantle heat transfer wall.......Characteristics of vertical mantle heat exchanger tanks for SDHW systems have been investigated experimentally and theoretically using particle image velocimetry (PIV) and CFD modelling. A glass model of a mantle heat exchanger tank was constructed so that the flow distribution in the mantle could...... be studied using the PIV test facility. Two transient three-dimensional CFD-models of the glass model mantle tank were developed using the CFD-programmes CFX and FLUENT.The experimental results illustrate that the mantle flow structure in the mantle is complicated and the distribution of flow in the...

  17. Three dimensional analysis of turbulent steam jets in enclosed structures: a CFD approach

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    This paper compares the three-dimensional numerical simulation with the experimental data of a steam blowdown event in a light water reactor containment building. The temperature and pressure data of a steam blowdown event was measured at the Purdue University Multi-Dimensional Integrated Test Assembly (PUMA), a scaled model of the General Electric simplified Boiling Water Reactor. A three step approach was used to analyze the steam jet behavior. First, a 1-Dimensional, system level RELAP5/Mod3.2 model of the steam blowdown event was created and the results used to set the initial conditions for the PUMA blowdown experiments. Second, 2-Dimensional CFD models of the discharged steam jets were computed using PHOENICS, a commercially available CFD package. Finally, 3-Dimensional model of the PUMA drywell was created with the boundary conditions based on experimental measurements. The results of the 1-D and 2-D models were reported in the previous meeting. This paper discusses in detail the formulation and the results of the 3-Dimensional PHOENICS model of the PUMA drywell. It is found that the 3-D CFD solutions compared extremely well with the measured data

  18. CFD modelling of moisture interactions between air and constructions

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    Mortensen, Lone Hedegaard; Woloszyn, Monika; Hohota, Raluca;

    2005-01-01

    There is a strong demand for accurate moisture modelling since moisture poses a risk for both the constructions and the indoor climate. Thus, in this investigation there is special focus on moisture modelling. The paper describes a new model based on a CFD tool that is enhanced to include both...

  19. Investigating the advantages and disadvantages of realistic approach and porous approach for closely packed pebbles in CFD simulation

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    Wu, C.Y. [Department of Engineering and System Science, Institute of Nuclear Engineering and Science, National Tsing Hua University, 101, Sec. 2, Kuang-Fu Rd., Hsingchu 30013, 325 Taiwan (China); Ferng, Y.M., E-mail: ymferng@ess.nthu.edu.t [Department of Engineering and System Science, Institute of Nuclear Engineering and Science, National Tsing Hua University, 101, Sec. 2, Kuang-Fu Rd., Hsingchu 30013, 325 Taiwan (China); Chieng, C.C.; Liu, C.C. [Department of Engineering and System Science, Institute of Nuclear Engineering and Science, National Tsing Hua University, 101, Sec. 2, Kuang-Fu Rd., Hsingchu 30013, 325 Taiwan (China)

    2010-05-15

    A pebble bed geometry is usually adopted for high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs), which exhibits inherently safe performance, high conversion efficiency, and low power density design. It is important to understand the thermal-hydraulic characteristics of HTGR core for optimum design and safe operation. Therefore, this study investigates the thermal-hydraulic behaviors in a segment of pebbles predicted by the Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model using porous and realistic approaches for the complicated geometry. The advantages of each approach's methodology for the closely packed pebble geometry can be revealed by comparing the calculated results. In an engineering application, a CFD simulation with the porous approach for the pebble geometry can quickly and reasonably capture the averaged behaviors of the thermal-hydraulic parameters as the gas flows through the core, including the pressure drop and temperature increase. However, it is necessary to utilize the realistic approach for this complicated geometry to obtain the detailed and localized characteristics within the fluid and solid fuel regions. The present simulation results can provide useful information to help CFD researchers to determine an appropriate approach to be used when investigating the thermal-hydraulic characteristics within the reactor core of a closely packed pebble bed.

  20. Development of CFD-based icing model for wind turbines

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    Pedersen, Marie Cecilie; Martinez, Benjamin; Yin, Chungen

    2015-01-01

    Operation of wind turbines in cold climate areas is challenged by icing-induced problems, such as loss of production, safety issues and blade fatique. Production losses are especially a big issue in Sweden, and due to difficulties with on-site measurements, simulations are often used to get an...... understanding and to predict icing events. In this paper a case study of modeling icing using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is proposed. The case study aims to form the basic of a general CFD model for icing on wind turbine blade sections....

  1. Strategy for the Development of a DNB Local Predictive Approach Based on Neptune CFD Software

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    The NEPTUNE project constitutes the thermal-hydraulics part of a long-term joint development program for the next generation of nuclear reactor simulation tools. This project is being carried through by EDF (Electricite de France) and CEA (Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique), with the co-sponsorship of IRSN (Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire) and AREVA NP. NEPTUNE is a multi-phase flow software platform that includes advanced physical models and numerical methods for each simulation scale (CFD, component, system). NEPTUNE also provides new multi-scale and multi-disciplinary coupling functionalities. This new generation of two-phase flow simulation tools aims at meeting major industrial needs. DNB (Departure from Nucleate Boiling) prediction in PWRs is one of the high priority needs, and this paper focuses on its anticipated improvement by means of a so-called 'Local Predictive Approach' using the NEPTUNE CFD code. We firstly present the ambitious 'Local Predictive Approach' anticipated for a better prediction of DNB, i.e. an approach that intends to result in CHF correlations based on relevant local parameters as provided by the CFD modeling. The associated requirements for the two-phase flow modeling are underlined as well as those for the good level of performance of the NEPTUNE CFD code; hence, the code validation strategy based on different experimental data base types (including separated effect and integral-type tests data) is depicted. Secondly, we present comparisons between low pressure adiabatic bubbly flow experimental data obtained on the DEDALE experiment and the associated numerical simulation results. This study anew shows the high potential of NEPTUNE CFD code, even if, with respect to the aforementioned DNB-related aim, there is still a need for some modeling improvements involving new validation data obtained in thermal-hydraulics conditions representative of PWR ones. Finally, we deal with one of these new experimental data needs

  2. Towards Simulation of Clogging Effects in Wastewater Pumps: Modelling of Fluid Forces on a Fiber of Bonded Particles using a Coupled CFD-DEM Approach

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    Jensen, Anna Lyhne; Sørensen, Henrik; Rosendahl, Lasse Aistrup

    EDEM and coupled (two-way momentum exchange) to the CFD software ANSYS Fluent. The number of particle segments forming the fiber as well as the properties of fiber density and fiber stiness are changed to identify the influence of these properties on the fiber motion in shear flow. A change of density......],[11]. The results show that fiber motion similar to the motion presented in literature is obtained using a coupling between EDEM and ANSYS Fluent....

  3. CFD modeling of fouling in crude oil pre-heaters

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    Highlights: ► A conceptual CFD-based model to predict fouling in industrial crude oil pre-heaters. ► Tracing fouling formation in the induction and developing continuation periods. ► Effect of chemical components, shell-side HTC and turbulent flow on the fouling rate. - Abstract: In this study, a conceptual procedure based on the computational fluid dynamic (CFD) technique has been developed to predict fouling rate in an industrial crude oil pre-heater. According to the developed CFD concept crude oil was assumed to be composed of three pseudo-components comprising of petroleum, asphaltene and salt. The binary diffusion coefficients were appropriately categorized into five different groups. The species transport model was applied to simulate the mixing and transport of chemical species. The possibility of adherence of reaction products to the wall was taken into account by applying a high viscosity for the products in competition with the shear stress on the wall. Results showed a reasonable agreement between the model predictions and the plant data. The CFD model could be applied to new operating conditions to investigate the details of the crude oil fouling in the industrial pre-heaters.

  4. Advanced subgrid modeling for Multiphase CFD in CASL VERA tools

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    This work introduces advanced modeling capabilities that are being developed to improve the accuracy and extend the applicability of Multiphase CFD. Specifics of the advanced and hardened boiling closure model are described in this work. The development has been driven by new physical understanding, derived from the innovative experimental techniques available at MIT. A new experimental-based mechanistic approach to heat partitioning is proposed. The model introduces a new description of the bubble evaporation, sliding and interaction on the heated surface to accurately capture the evaporation occurring at the heated surface, while also tracking the local surface conditions. The model is being assembled to cover an extended application area, up to Critical Heat Flux (CHF). The accurate description of the bubble interaction, effective microlayer and dry surface area are considered to be the enabling quantities towards innovated CHF capturing methodologies. Further, improved mechanistic force-balance models for bubble departure predictions and lift-off diameter predictions are implemented in the model. Studies demonstrate the influence of the newly implemented partitioning components. Finally, the development work towards a more consistent and integrated hydrodynamic closure is presented. The main objective here is to develop a set of robust momentum closure relations which focuses on the specific application to PWR conditions, but will facilitate the application to other geometries, void fractions, and flow regimes. The innovative approach considers local flow conditions on a cell-by-cell basis to ensure robustness. Closure relations of interest initially include drag, lift, and turbulence dispersion, with near wall corrections applied for both drag and lift. (author)

  5. CFD Simulation of Nanosufur Crystallization Incorporating Population Balance Modeling

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    Fatemeh Golkhou; Mahmod Tajee Hamed Mosavian

    2013-01-01

    A physical vapor condensation process for synthesizing nanosized sulfur powder as a precursor for various industries was simulated by the use of computational ?uid dynamic (CFD) modeling. The phase change, swirl flow and heat transfer taking place inside the cyclone are analyzed along with particle formation via gas condensation method. The population balance model is a mathematical framework for the modeling of crystal size distribution (CSD) and the study of gas-phase changes leading to nuc...

  6. A novel approach to CFD analysis of the urban environment

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    Nardecchia, F.; Gugliermetti, F.; Bisegna, F.

    2015-11-01

    The construction of cities, with their buildings and human activities, not only changes the landscape, but also influences the local climate in a manner that depends on many different factors and parameters: weather conditions, urban thermo-physical and geometrical characteristics, anthropogenic moisture and heat sources. Land-cover and canopy structure play an important role in urban climatology and every environmental assessment and city design face with them. Inside the previous frame, the objective of this study is both to identify both the key design variables that alter the environment surrounding the buildings, and to quantified the extension area of these phenomena. The tool used for this study is a 2D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) numerical simulation considering different heights for buildings, temperature gaps between undisturbed air and building's walls, velocities of undisturbed air. Results obtained allowed to find a novel approach to study urban canopies, giving a qualitative assessment on the contribution and definition of the total energy of the area surrounding the buildings.

  7. Cfd modeling of a synthetic jet actuator

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    Synthetic jet actuators show good promise as an enabling technology for innovative boundary layer flow control applied to external surfaces, like airplane wings, and to internal flows, like those occurring in a curved engine inlet. The appealing characteristics of a synthetic jet are zero-net-mass flux operation and an efficient control effect that takes advantages of unsteady fluid phenomena. The formation of a synthetic jet in a quiescent external air flow is only beginning to be understood and a rational understanding of these devices is necessary before they can be applied to the control of flows outside of the laboratory. The synthetic jet flow generated by a planar orifice is investigated here using computational approach. Computations of the 2D synthetic jet are performed with unsteady RANS modeled with the Realizable κ - ε turbulence model available in FLUENT environment. In this present work, the ability of the first order turbulence model, employed in our computations, to model the formation of the counter-rotating-vortex pair (CVP) that appears in the flow-field was investigated. Computational results were in good agreement with experimental measurements. The effectiveness of such control actuator was tested on separated boundary layer. Preliminary investigation were presented and discussed

  8. Near-Surface Wind Predictions in Complex Terrain with a CFD Approach Optimized for Atmospheric Boundary Layer Flows

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    Wagenbrenner, N. S.; Forthofer, J.; Butler, B.; Shannon, K.

    2014-12-01

    Near-surface wind predictions are important for a number of applications, including transport and dispersion, wind energy forecasting, and wildfire behavior. Researchers and forecasters would benefit from a wind model that could be readily applied to complex terrain for use in these various disciplines. Unfortunately, near-surface winds in complex terrain are not handled well by traditional modeling approaches. Numerical weather prediction models employ coarse horizontal resolutions which do not adequately resolve sub-grid terrain features important to the surface flow. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models are increasingly being applied to simulate atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) flows, especially in wind energy applications; however, the standard functionality provided in commercial CFD models is not suitable for ABL flows. Appropriate CFD modeling in the ABL requires modification of empirically-derived wall function parameters and boundary conditions to avoid erroneous streamwise gradients due to inconsistences between inlet profiles and specified boundary conditions. This work presents a new version of a near-surface wind model for complex terrain called WindNinja. The new version of WindNinja offers two options for flow simulations: 1) the native, fast-running mass-consistent method available in previous model versions and 2) a CFD approach based on the OpenFOAM modeling framework and optimized for ABL flows. The model is described and evaluations of predictions with surface wind data collected from two recent field campaigns in complex terrain are presented. A comparison of predictions from the native mass-consistent method and the new CFD method is also provided.

  9. Integration of CFD codes and advanced combustion models for quantitative burnout determination

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    Javier Pallares; Inmaculada Arauzo; Alan Williams [University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza (Spain). Centre of Research for Energy Resources and Consumption (CIRCE)

    2007-10-15

    CFD codes and advanced kinetics combustion models are extensively used to predict coal burnout in large utility boilers. Modelling approaches based on CFD codes can accurately solve the fluid dynamics equations involved in the problem but this is usually achieved by including simple combustion models. On the other hand, advanced kinetics combustion models can give a detailed description of the coal combustion behaviour by using a simplified description of the flow field, this usually being obtained from a zone-method approach. Both approximations describe correctly general trends on coal burnout, but fail to predict quantitative values. In this paper a new methodology which takes advantage of both approximations is described. In the first instance CFD solutions were obtained of the combustion conditions in the furnace in the Lamarmora power plant (ASM Brescia, Italy) for a number of different conditions and for three coals. Then, these furnace conditions were used as inputs for a more detailed chemical combustion model to predict coal burnout. In this, devolatilization was modelled using a commercial macromolecular network pyrolysis model (FG-DVC). For char oxidation an intrinsic reactivity approach including thermal annealing, ash inhibition and maceral effects, was used. Results from the simulations were compared against plant experimental values, showing a reasonable agreement in trends and quantitative values. 28 refs., 4 figs., 4 tabs.

  10. CFD methods for wind turbines

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    Suatean, Bogdan; Colidiuc, Alexandra; Galetuse, Slelian

    2012-11-01

    The purpose of this paper is to present different CFD models used to determine the aerodynamic performance of horizontal axis wind turbine (HAWT). The models presented have various levels of complexity to calculate the aerodynamic performances of HAWT, starting with a simple model, the actuator line method, and ending with a CFD approach.

  11. CFD MODELING ANALYSIS OF MECHANICAL DRAFT COOLING TOWER

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    Lee, S; Alfred Garrett, A; James02 Bollinger, J; Larry Koffman, L

    2008-03-03

    Industrial processes use mechanical draft cooling towers (MDCT's) to dissipate waste heat by transferring heat from water to air via evaporative cooling, which causes air humidification. The Savannah River Site (SRS) has a MDCT consisting of four independent compartments called cells. Each cell has its own fan to help maximize heat transfer between ambient air and circulated water. The primary objective of the work is to conduct a parametric study for cooling tower performance under different fan speeds and ambient air conditions. The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) developed a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model to achieve the objective. The model uses three-dimensional steady-state momentum, continuity equations, air-vapor species balance equation, and two-equation turbulence as the basic governing equations. It was assumed that vapor phase is always transported by the continuous air phase with no slip velocity. In this case, water droplet component was considered as discrete phase for the interfacial heat and mass transfer via Lagrangian approach. Thus, the air-vapor mixture model with discrete water droplet phase is used for the analysis. A series of the modeling calculations was performed to investigate the impact of ambient and operating conditions on the thermal performance of the cooling tower when fans were operating and when they were turned off. The model was benchmarked against the literature data and the SRS test results for key parameters such as air temperature and humidity at the tower exit and water temperature for given ambient conditions. Detailed results will be presented here.

  12. A CFD model for pollutant dispersion in rivers

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    Modenesi K.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Studies have shown that humankind will experience a water shortage in the coming decades. It is therefore paramount to develop new techniques and models with a view to minimizing the impact of pollution. It is important to predict the environmental impact of new emissions in rivers, especially during periods of drought. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD has proved to be an invaluable tool to develop models able to analyze in detail particle dispersion in rivers. However, since these models generate grids with thousands (even millions of points to evaluate velocities and concentrations, they still require powerful machines. In this context, this work contributes by presenting a new three-dimensional model based on CFD techniques specifically developed to be fast, providing a significant improvement in performance. It is able to generate predictions in a couple of hours for a one-thousand-meter long section of river using Pentium IV computers. Commercial CFD packages would require weeks to solve the same problem. Another innovation inb this work is that a half channel with a constant elliptical cross section represents the river, so the Navier Stokes equations were derived for the elliptical system. Experimental data were obtained from REPLAN (PETROBRAS refining unit on the Atibaia River in São Paulo, Brazil. The results show good agreement with experimental data.

  13. CFD and FEM Model of an Underwater Vehicle Propeller

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    Chruściel Tadeusz

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Within the framework of the project for design and optimization of the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV, research on its propulsion has been carried out. Te entire project was supported by CFD and FEM calculations taking into account the characteristics of the underwater vehicle. One of the tasks was to optimize the semi-open duct for horizontal propellers, which provided propulsion and controllability in horizontal plane. In order to create a measurable model of this task it was necessary to analyze numerical methodology of propeller design, along with the structure of a propellers with nozzles and contra-rotating propellers. It was confronted with theoretical solutions which included running of the analyzed propeller near an underwater vehicle. Also preliminary qualitative analyses of a simplified system with contra-rotating propellers and a semi-open duct were carried out. Te obtained results enabled to make a decision about the ROVs duct form. Te rapid prototyping SLS (Selective Laser Sintering method was used to fabricate a physical model of the propeller. As a consequence of this, it was necessary to verify the FEM model of the propeller, which based on the load obtained from the CFD model. Te article contains characteristics of the examined ROV, a theoretical basis of propeller design for the analyzed cases, and the results of CFD and FEM simulations.

  14. Application of CFD techniques toward the validation of nonlinear aerodynamic models

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    Schiff, L. B.; Katz, J.

    1985-01-01

    Applications of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods to determine the regimes of applicability of nonlinear models describing the unsteady aerodynamic responses to aircraft flight motions are described. The potential advantages of computational methods over experimental methods are discussed and the concepts underlying mathematical modeling are reviewed. The economic and conceptual advantages of the modeling procedure over coupled, simultaneous solutions of the gas dynamic equations and the vehicle's kinematic equations of motion are discussed. The modeling approach, when valid, eliminates the need for costly repetitive computation of flow field solutions. For the test cases considered, the aerodynamic modeling approach is shown to be valid.

  15. CFD Modeling in Development of Renewable Energy Applications

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    Maher A.R. Sadiq Al-Baghdadi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Chapter 1: A Multi-fluid Model to Simulate Heat and Mass Transfer in a PEM Fuel Cell. Torsten Berning, Madeleine Odgaard, Søren K. Kær Chapter 2: CFD Modeling of a Planar Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC for Clean Power Generation. Meng Ni Chapter 3: Hydrodynamics and Hydropower in the New Paradigm for a Sustainable Engineering. Helena M. Ramos, Petra A. López-Jiménez Chapter 4: Opportunities for CFD in Ejector Solar Cooling. M. Dennis Chapter 5: Three Dimensional Modelling of Flow Field Around a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT. Chaouki Ghenai, Armen Sargsyan, Isam Janajreh Chapter 6: Scaling Rules for Hydrodynamics and Heat Transfer in Jetting Fluidized-Bed Biomass Gasifiers. K. Zhang, J. Chang, P. Pei, H. Chen, Y. Yang Chapter 7: Investigation of Low Reynolds Number Unsteady Flow around Airfoils in Pitching, Plunging and Flapping Motions. M.R. Amiralaei, H. Alighanbari, S.M. Hashemi Chapter 8: Justification of Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation for Flat Plate Solar Energy Collector. Mohamed Selmi, Mohammed J. Al-Khawaja, Abdulhamid Marafia Chapter 9: Comparative Performance of a 3-Bladed Airfoil Chord H-Darrieus and a 3-Bladed Straight Chord H-Darrieus Turbines using CFD. R. Gupta, Agnimitra Biswas Chapter 10: Computational Fluid Dynamics for PEM Fuel Cell Modelling. A. Iranzo, F. Rosa Chapter 11: Analysis of the Performance of PEM Fuel Cells: Tutorial of Major Functional and Constructive Characteristics using CFD Analysis. P.J. Costa Branco, J.A. Dente Chapter 12: Application of Techniques of Computational Fluid Dynamics in the Design of Bipolar Plates for PEM Fuel Cells. A.P. Manso, F.F. Marzo, J. Barranco, M. Garmendia Mujika.

  16. CFD and FEM Model of an Underwater Vehicle Propeller

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    Chruściel Tadeusz; Ciba Ewelina; Dopke Julita

    2014-01-01

    Within the framework of the project for design and optimization of the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), research on its propulsion has been carried out. Te entire project was supported by CFD and FEM calculations taking into account the characteristics of the underwater vehicle. One of the tasks was to optimize the semi-open duct for horizontal propellers, which provided propulsion and controllability in horizontal plane. In order to create a measurable model of this task it was necessary to ...

  17. Simulation of a semi-industrial pilot plant thickener using CFD approach

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    Majid Ebrahimzadeh Gheshlaghi; Ataallah Soltani Goharrizi; Alireza Aghajani Shahrivar

    2013-01-01

    Thickeners are important units for water recovery in various industries.In this study,a semi-industrial pilot plant thickener similar to the tailing thickener of the Sarcheshmeh Copper Mine was simulated by CFD modeling.The population balance was used to describe the particle aggregation and breakup.In this population balance,15 particle sizes categories were considered.The Eulerian-Eulerian approach with standard k-ε turbulence model was applied to describe two phases of slurry flow in the thickener under steady-state condition.The simulation results have been compared with the experimental measurements to validate the accuracy of the CFD modeling.After checking the numerical results,the effect of important parameters such as,feed flow rate,solid percentage in the feed,and solid particle size on the thickener performance.was studied.The thickener residence time distribution were obtained by the modeling and also compared with the experimental data.Finally,the effects of feedwell feeding on the average diameter of aggregate and turbulent intensity were evaluated.

  18. CFD modeling of natural convection within dry spent nuclear fuel storage canisters

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    One of the interim storage configurations being considered for aluminum-clad foreign research reactor fuel, such as the Material and Testing Reactor (MTR) design, is in a dry storage facility. To support design studies of storage options, a computational and experimental program was conducted at the Savannah River Site (SRS). The objective was to develop computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models which would be benchmarked using data obtained from a full scale heat transfer experiment conducted in the SRS Experimental Thermal Fluids Laboratory. The current work documents the CFD approach and presents comparison of results with experimental data. CFDS-FLOW3D (version 3.3) CFD code has been used to model the 3-dimensional convective velocity and temperature distributions within a single dry storage canister of MTR fuel elements. The analysis was made for the cases with q double-prime ' = 100 or 137 watts per MTR fuel element (equivalent to 25 or 35 kW/m3) using different convective boundary conditions around the canister wall and different cooling gases (N2 or He). For the present analysis, the Boussinesq approximation was used for the consideration of buoyancy-driven natural convection. Comparison of the CFD code can be used to predict reasonably accurate flow and thermal behavior of a typical foreign research reactor fuel stored in a dry storage facility

  19. Modeling and verification of hemispherical solar still using ANSYS CFD

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    Hitesh N. Panchal, P. K. Shah

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In every efficient solar still design, water temperature, vapor temperature and distillate output, and difference between water temperature and inner glass cover temperatures are very important. Here, two dimensional three phase model of hemispherical solar still is made for evaporation as well as condensation process in ANSYS CFD. Simulation results like water temperature, vapor temperature, distillate output compared with actual experimental results of climate conditions of Mehsana (latitude of 23° 59’ and longitude of 72° 38 of hemispherical solar still. Water temperature and distillate output were good agreement with actual experimental results. Study shows that ANSYS-CFD is very powerful as well as efficient tool for design, comparison purpose of hemispherical solar still.

  20. Modeling and verification of hemispherical solar still using ANSYS CFD

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    Panchal, Hitesh N. [KSV University, Gujarat Power Engineering and Research Institute, Mehsana (India); Shah, P.K. [Silver Oak College of Engineering and Technology, Ahmedabad, Gujarat (India)

    2013-07-01

    In every efficient solar still design, water temperature, vapor temperature and distillate output, and difference between water temperature and inner glass cover temperatures are very important. Here, two dimensional three phase model of hemispherical solar still is made for evaporation as well as condensation process in ANSYS CFD. Simulation results like water temperature, vapor temperature, distillate output compared with actual experimental results of climate conditions of Mehsana (latitude of 23° 59’ and longitude of 72° 38) of hemispherical solar still. Water temperature and distillate output were good agreement with actual experimental results. Study shows that ANSYS-CFD is very powerful as well as efficient tool for design, comparison purpose of hemispherical solar still.

  1. CFD modeling of the test 25 of the PANDA experiment

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    A large amount of steam and Hydrogen gas is expected to be released within the dry containment of a pressurized water reactor (PWR), after the hypothetical beginning of a severe accident leading to the melting of the core. The accurate modeling of gas distribution in a PWR containment concerns phenomena such as wall condensation, hydrogen accumulation, gas stratification and transport in the different compartments of the containment. The paper presents numerical assessments of CFD solvers NEPTUNE-CFD and Code-Saturne, and is focused on the analysis and the understanding of gas stratification and transport phenomena. NEPTUNE-CFD is dedicated to the simulation of incompressible and compressible multi-component/multi-phase flows, whereas Code-Saturne is dedicated to homogeneous incompressible or low Mach number compressible flows, with only one momentum equation representing the mixture of gases, liquid and particles. NEPTUNE-CFD is mainly used for nuclear engineering, whereas Code-Saturne is used either for nuclear and fossil energy engineering, and for environment (geophysical flows). The NEPTUNE-CFD code is developed within the framework of the NEPTUNE project, financially supported by CEA (Commissariat a l'energie Atomique), EDF, IRSN (Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire) and AREVA-NP. Both codes are validated and compared with experimental data corresponding to the test 25 of the PANDA experiment. This test concerns the distribution of mixture of gases (Helium as a simulant of hydrogen and condensing steam) in air over two vertical and cylindrical vessels, interconnected by a horizontal and cylindrical pipe. The overall dimensions of the experiment (Diameter ∼4 m, Height 8 m, Volume of the 2 vessels ∼180 m3) are not yet representative of the true scale of the reactors, but they already provide valuable information when compared to smaller scales (as experience TOSQAN∼7 m3). The computational results with Code-Saturne and NEPTUNE-CFD compare

  2. An approach to validation of coupled CFD and system thermal-hydraulics codes

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    This paper discusses the development of approach and experimental facility for the validation of coupled Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and System Thermal Hydraulics (STH) codes. The validation of a coupled code requires experiments which feature two way feedback between the component (CFD sub-domain) and the system (STH sub-domain). We present results of CFD analysis that are used in the development of a flexible design for the TALL-3D experimental facility. The facility consists of a lead-bismuth thermal-hydraulic loop operating in forced and natural circulation regimes with a heated pool-type 3D test section. The goal of the design is to achieve a feedback between mixing and stratification phenomena in the 3D tests section and forced / natural circulation flow conditions in the loop. Finally, we discuss the development of an experimental validation matrix for validation of coupled STH and CFD codes that considers the key physical phenomena of interest. (author)

  3. Lime Kiln Modeling. CFD and One-dimensional simulations

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    Svedin, Kristoffer; Ivarsson, Christofer; Lundborg, Rickard

    2009-03-15

    results indicate that there are practical means of maintaining the benefits of high mud dry solids content while giving up only a small fraction of the energy efficiency. An operating strategy that maintains high mud dry solids from the precoat filter, but adds back clean water to the mud going to the kiln provides this benefit. This approach takes advantage of the diminishing benefit in kiln energy efficiency above about 75% dry solids. The second study shows that the Adiabatic Flame Temperature (AFT) of a fuel is the dominant factor in determining lime kiln performance. Flame length (FL) has a modest impact on kiln performance within the range that is possible for a given kiln and burner, but has an impact similar to the AFT on the maximum refractory temperature. Investigation of the multiple pathways for the radiation heat transfer between the kiln flame and the lime solids shows the limited impact of flame emissivity on the total radiant heat transfer. This is due to the fact that higher emissivity flames have high direct radiation, but have less radiant heat transmitted through the flame from the refractory walls to the lime solids. Lower emissivity flames have lower direct radiation between the flame and the lime solids, but better transmission of radiation from the refractory walls. The net result is that kiln performance is not very sensitive to flame emissivity or luminosity. The correlation of the kiln performance with AFT and FL, along with the insensitivity of flame heat transfer to flame emissivity suggests a practical means of testing the impact of alternative fuels on an operating kiln. Firing the kiln with its conventional fuel, but with higher than normal excess air in order to match the AFT of the alternative fuel can be used to test the impact of an alternative fuel. The last study addresses the impact of oxygen enrichment in a lime kiln gasifier for alternative fuels. The news value of the project is in the detailed description of the CFD model

  4. CFD modeling of airflow for indoor comfort in the tropics

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    In humid tropical environments air movement is a common means to achieving indoor thermal comfort. In many locations closer to the equator, breezes are weaker and less reliable. Whatever the source of air movement it is important to quantity its potential in terms of the percentage of time the air movement will be available and the likely speed of the air movement in occupied zone of a building. It is also important to establish appropriate thermal comfort criteria with respect to air temperature, humidity and air movement. There are a number of techniques for modeling air movement inside naturally ventilated buildings. Boundary layer wind tunnels provide an opportunity to both measure and visually observe such airflow through model building. It is important to model adjacent buildings and any significant landscaping features that will influence outdoor airflow patterns. Such studies are relatively expensive. The recent availability of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software for personal computers offers an alternative method for modeling air movement inside naturally ventilated buildings. Very expensive versions of this software have been available for large computers and work stations for many years but they have only recently become available for smaller computers. There are some features of such software that should be compared before purchasing a copy or a license. This paper discusses such features in detail. It is important in the case of natural ventilation that adjacent buildings and any significant landscaping features that will influence outdoor airflow patterns are included in the modeling. This paper also stresses the importance of calibrating the CFD software output against some physical measurements or wind tunnel modeling to ensure that the CFD results are realistic

  5. CFD code fluent turbulence models application. Ansaldo's prototype modeling

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    Among others, one of the main activities in the Nuclear Engineering and Fluid Mechanics Department of the Engineering School in Bilbao, is the study of liquid metals behavior. And for this purpose the CFD code FLUENT is being used. Currently, the code is being applied to the use of Lead-Bismuth eutectic (LBE) as the coolant of an accelerator driven system (ADS) and also as the target for a neutron source. In this paper, ANSALDO's Energy Amplifier Demonstration Facility is simulated, paying attention only on the coolant. As it will be later explained, natural convection is a very important issue, because the philosophy for safety systems in nuclear devices tends to consider passive technologies. The purpose is to avoid electrical machines like pumps, so the core should remain coolable, even if there is a blackout. To get this natural circulation, heat transfer plays a main role, and as turbulence enhances the heat transfer, it is important to choose a good turbulence model to correctly simulate this ADS's coolant system. (author)

  6. CFD modeling of sodium spray combustion

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    A sodium cooled fast reactor is one of the attractive concept for the IVth generation advanced reactor designs. For the safety of a sodium cooled fast reactor, sodium-air and sodium-water reactions must be avoided. A sodium-air reaction typically occurs in two dominant modes, namely the spray fire and pool fire. The focus of the paper will be on spray fires. To avoid sodium-air accidents and to mitigate the consequences if a sodium fire occurs, it is essential to understand all the physical phenomena involved in sodium spray combustion. Numerical modeling is one of the methods, which can be used to understand all the physics involved. The goal of the work presented in this paper is to propose a numerical method to simulate sodium spray combustion and to validate this method against experiments. Free falling single droplet sodium spray combustion experiments are used as a validation case for the proposed numerical method. The trend obtained using our numerical simulations matches well with the experimental data. Further validation needs to be performed, before the presented modeling can be used for sodium fast reactor safety analyses. (author)

  7. CFD modeling of dust dispersion through Najaf historic city centre

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    Maher A.R. Sadiq Al-Baghdadi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this project is to study the influences of the wind flow and dust particles dispersion through Najaf historic city centre. Two phase Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD model using a Reynolds Average Navier Stokes (RANS equations has been used to simulate the wind flow and the transport and dispersion of the dust particles through the historic city centre. This work may provide useful insight to urban designers and planners interested in examining the variation of city breathability as a local dynamic morphological parameter with the local building packing density.

  8. CFD Modeling of Particulate Matter Dispersion from Kerman Cement Plant

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    M. Panahandeh

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available "n "n "nBackgrounds and Objectives: The dispersion of particulate matter has been known as the most serious environmental pollution of cement plants. In the present work, dispersion of the particulate matter from stack of Kerman Cement Plant was investigated using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD modeling."nMaterials and Methods: In order to study the dispersion of particulate matter from the stack, a calculation domain with dimensions of 8000m × 800m × 400m was considered. The domain was divided to 936781 tetrahedral control volumes. The mixture two-phase model was employed to model the interaction of the particulate matter (dispersed phase and air (continuous phase. The Large Eddy Simulation (LES method was used for turbulence modeling."nResults: The concentration of particulate matter in the whole calculation domain was computed. The predicted concentrations were compared to the measured values from the literature and a good agreement was observed. The predicted concentration profiles at different cross sections were analyzed."nConclusion:The results of the present work showed that CFD is a useful tool for understanding the dispersion of particulate matter in air. Although the obtained results were promising, more investigations on the properties of the dispersed phase, turbulent parameters and the boundary layer effect is needed to obtain more accurate results.

  9. CFD-aided modelling of activated sludge systems - A critical review.

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    Karpinska, Anna M; Bridgeman, John

    2016-01-01

    Nowadays, one of the major challenges in the wastewater sector is the successful design and reliable operation of treatment processes, which guarantee high treatment efficiencies to comply with effluent quality criteria, while keeping the investment and operating cost as low as possible. Although conceptual design and process control of activated sludge plants are key to ensuring these goals, they are still based on general empirical guidelines and operators' experience, dominated often by rule of thumb. This review paper discusses the rationale behind the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to model aeration, facilitating enhancement of treatment efficiency and reduction of energy input. Several single- and multiphase approaches commonly used in CFD studies of aeration tank operation, are comprehensively described, whilst the shortcomings of the modelling assumptions imposed to evaluate mixing and mass transfer in AS tanks are identified and discussed. Examples and methods of coupling of CFD data with biokinetics, accounting for the actual flow field and its impact on the oxygen mass transfer and yield of the biological processes occurring in the aeration tanks, are also critically discussed. Finally, modelling issues, which remain unaddressed, (e.g. coupling of the AS tank with secondary clarifier and the use of population balance models to simulate bubbly flow or flocculation of the activated sludge), are also identified and discussed. PMID:26615385

  10. CFD model simulation of LPG dispersion in urban areas

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    Pontiggia, Marco; Landucci, Gabriele; Busini, Valentina; Derudi, Marco; Alba, Mario; Scaioni, Marco; Bonvicini, Sarah; Cozzani, Valerio; Rota, Renato

    2011-08-01

    There is an increasing concern related to the releases of industrial hazardous materials (either toxic or flammable) due to terrorist attacks or accidental events in congested industrial or urban areas. In particular, a reliable estimation of the hazardous cloud footprint as a function of time is required to assist emergency response decision and planning as a primary element of any Decision Support System. Among the various hazardous materials, the hazard due to the road and rail transportation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is well known since large quantities of LPG are commercialized and the rail or road transportation patterns are often close to downtown areas. Since it is well known that the widely-used dispersion models do not account for the effects of any obstacle like buildings, tanks, railcars, or trees, in this paper a CFD model has been applied to simulate the reported consequences of a recent major accident involving an LPG railcar rupture in a congested urban area (Viareggio town, in Italy), showing both the large influence of the obstacles on LPG dispersion as well as the potentials of CFD models to foresee such an influence.

  11. Unsteady wind loads for TMT: replacing parametric models with CFD

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    MacMartin, Douglas G.; Vogiatzis, Konstantinos

    2014-08-01

    Unsteady wind loads due to turbulence inside the telescope enclosure result in image jitter and higher-order image degradation due to M1 segment motion. Advances in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) allow unsteady simulations of the flow around realistic telescope geometry, in order to compute the unsteady forces due to wind turbulence. These simulations can then be used to understand the characteristics of the wind loads. Previous estimates used a parametric model based on a number of assumptions about the wind characteristics, such as a von Karman spectrum and frozen-flow turbulence across M1, and relied on CFD only to estimate parameters such as mean wind speed and turbulent kinetic energy. Using the CFD-computed forces avoids the need for assumptions regarding the flow. We discuss here both the loads on the telescope that lead to image jitter, and the spatially-varying force distribution across the primary mirror, using simulations with the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) geometry. The amplitude, temporal spectrum, and spatial distribution of wind disturbances are all estimated; these are then used to compute the resulting image motion and degradation. There are several key differences relative to our earlier parametric model. First, the TMT enclosure provides sufficient wind reduction at the top end (near M2) to render the larger cross-sectional structural areas further inside the enclosure (including M1) significant in determining the overall image jitter. Second, the temporal spectrum is not von Karman as the turbulence is not fully developed; this applies both in predicting image jitter and M1 segment motion. And third, for loads on M1, the spatial characteristics are not consistent with propagating a frozen-flow turbulence screen across the mirror: Frozen flow would result in a relationship between temporal frequency content and spatial frequency content that does not hold in the CFD predictions. Incorporating the new estimates of wind load characteristics

  12. A physical approach of the short-term wind power prediction based on CFD pre-calculated flow fields

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    LI Li; LIU Yong-qian; YANG Yong-ping; HAN Shuang; WANG Yi-mei

    2013-01-01

    A physical approach of the wind power prediction based on the CFD pre-calculated flow fields is proposed in this paper.The flow fields are obtained based on a steady CFD model with the discrete inflow wind conditions as the boundary conditions,and a database is established containing the important parameters including the inflow wind conditions,the flow fields and the corresponding wind power for each wind turbine.The power is predicted via the database by taking the Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP)wind as the input data.In order to evaluate the approach,the short-term wind power prediction for an actual wind farm is conducted as an example during the period of the year 2010.Compared with the measured power,the predicted results enjoy a high accuracy with the annual Root Mean Square Error (RMSE) of 15.2% and the annual MAE of 10.80%.A good performance is shown in predicting the wind power's changing trend.This approach is independent of the historical data and can be widely used for all kinds of wind farms including the newly-built wind farms.At the same time,it does not take much computation time while it captures the local air flows more precisely by the CFD model.So it is especially practical for engineering projects.

  13. Validation of NEPTUNE-CFD two-phase flow models using experimental data

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    Jorge Pérez Mañes; Victor Hugo Sánchez Espinoza; Sergio Chiva Vicent; Michael Böttcher; Robert Stieglitz

    2014-01-01

    This paper deals with the validation of the two-phase flow models of the CFD code NEPTUNEC-CFD using experimental data provided by the OECD BWR BFBT and PSBT Benchmark. Since the two-phase models of CFD codes are extensively being improved, the validation is a key step for the acceptability of such codes. The validation work is performed in the frame of the European NURISP Project and it was focused on the steady state and transient void fraction tests. The influence of different NEPTUNE-CFD ...

  14. Two Phase Flow Models and Numerical Methods of the Commercial CFD Codes

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    Bae, Sung Won; Jeong, Jae Jun; Chang, Seok Kyu; Cho, Hyung Kyu

    2007-11-15

    The use of commercial CFD codes extend to various field of engineering. The thermal hydraulic analysis is one of the promising engineering field of application of the CFD codes. Up to now, the main application of the commercial CFD code is focused within the single phase, single composition fluid dynamics. Nuclear thermal hydraulics, however, deals with abrupt pressure changes, high heat fluxes, and phase change heat transfer. In order to overcome the CFD limitation and to extend the capability of the nuclear thermal hydraulics analysis, the research efforts are made to collaborate the CFD and nuclear thermal hydraulics. To achieve the final goal, the current useful model and correlations used in commercial CFD codes should be reviewed and investigated. This report gives the summary information about the constitutive relationships that are used in the FLUENT, STAR-CD, and CFX. The brief information of the solution technologies are also enveloped.

  15. Two Phase Flow Models and Numerical Methods of the Commercial CFD Codes

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    The use of commercial CFD codes extend to various field of engineering. The thermal hydraulic analysis is one of the promising engineering field of application of the CFD codes. Up to now, the main application of the commercial CFD code is focused within the single phase, single composition fluid dynamics. Nuclear thermal hydraulics, however, deals with abrupt pressure changes, high heat fluxes, and phase change heat transfer. In order to overcome the CFD limitation and to extend the capability of the nuclear thermal hydraulics analysis, the research efforts are made to collaborate the CFD and nuclear thermal hydraulics. To achieve the final goal, the current useful model and correlations used in commercial CFD codes should be reviewed and investigated. This report gives the summary information about the constitutive relationships that are used in the FLUENT, STAR-CD, and CFX. The brief information of the solution technologies are also enveloped

  16. Rockslide and Impulse Wave Modelling in the Vajont Reservoir by DEM-CFD Analyses

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    Zhao, T.; Utili, S.; Crosta, G. B.

    2016-06-01

    This paper investigates the generation of hydrodynamic water waves due to rockslides plunging into a water reservoir. Quasi-3D DEM analyses in plane strain by a coupled DEM-CFD code are adopted to simulate the rockslide from its onset to the impact with the still water and the subsequent generation of the wave. The employed numerical tools and upscaling of hydraulic properties allow predicting a physical response in broad agreement with the observations notwithstanding the assumptions and characteristics of the adopted methods. The results obtained by the DEM-CFD coupled approach are compared to those published in the literature and those presented by Crosta et al. (Landslide spreading, impulse waves and modelling of the Vajont rockslide. Rock mechanics, 2014) in a companion paper obtained through an ALE-FEM method. Analyses performed along two cross sections are representative of the limit conditions of the eastern and western slope sectors. The max rockslide average velocity and the water wave velocity reach ca. 22 and 20 m/s, respectively. The maximum computed run up amounts to ca. 120 and 170 m for the eastern and western lobe cross sections, respectively. These values are reasonably similar to those recorded during the event (i.e. ca. 130 and 190 m, respectively). Therefore, the overall study lays out a possible DEM-CFD framework for the modelling of the generation of the hydrodynamic wave due to the impact of a rapid moving rockslide or rock-debris avalanche.

  17. Data-Driven CFD Modeling of Turbulent Flows Through Complex Structures

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    Wang, Jian-Xun

    2016-01-01

    The growth of computational resources in the past decades has expanded the application of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) from the traditional fields of aerodynamics and hydrodynamics to a number of new areas. Examples range from the heat and fluid flows in nuclear reactor vessels and in data centers to the turbulence flows through wind turbine farms and coastal vegetation plants. However, in these new applications complex structures are often exist (e.g., rod bundles in reactor vessels and turbines in wind farms), which makes fully resolved, first-principle based CFD modeling prohibitively expensive. This obstacle seriously impairs the predictive capability of CFD models in these applications. On the other hand, a limited amount of measurement data is often available in the systems in the above-mentioned applications. In this work we propose a data-driven, physics-based approach to perform full field inversion on the effects of the complex structures on the flow. This is achieved by assimilating observati...

  18. CFD Simulation of Nanosufur Crystallization Incorporating Population Balance Modeling

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    Fatemeh Golkhou

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A physical vapor condensation process for synthesizing nanosized sulfur powder as a precursor for various industries was simulated by the use of computational ?uid dynamic (CFD modeling. The phase change, swirl flow and heat transfer taking place inside the cyclone are analyzed along with particle formation via gas condensation method. The population balance model is a mathematical framework for the modeling of crystal size distribution (CSD and the study of gas-phase changes leading to nucleation of the first solid particles. In this paper the Direct Quadrature Method of Moments is used for solving the transport equations of the moments of the size distribution. The temperature, velocity and particle size distribution ranges inside the cyclone were computed. The results show the formation of nanosulfur particles in 1-7 nm range.

  19. On the modelling of bubble entrainment by impinging jets in CFD-simulations

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    This contribution presents different approaches for the modeling of air entrainment under water by plunging jets in CFD codes. In simulations which include the full length of the jet and its environment, the process of bubble generation cannot be resolved due to computational limitations. This is why the air entrainment has to be modeled in meso-scale simulations. In the frame of an Euler- Euler simulation, the local morphology of the phases has to be considered in the drag model. In the impinging jet configuration, the air is a continuous phase above the water level but bubbly below the water level. Various drag models are implemented in the CFD solver CFX11 and their influence on the gas void fraction below the water level is discussed. The algebraic interface area density (AIAD) model applies a drag coefficient for bubbles and a different drag coefficient for the free surface. If the AIAD model is used for the simulation of impinging jets, the gas entrainment depends on the free parameters included in this model. The calculated gas entrainment can be adapted via these parameters. Therefore, an advanced AIAD approach could be used in future for the implementation of models (e.g. correlations) for the gas entrainment. (authors)

  20. CFD investigation of turbulence models for mechanical agitation of non-Newtonian fluids in anaerobic digesters.

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    Wu, Binxin

    2011-02-01

    This study evaluates six turbulence models for mechanical agitation of non-Newtonian fluids in a lab-scale anaerobic digestion tank with a pitched blade turbine (PBT) impeller. The models studied are: (1) the standard k-ɛ model, (2) the RNG k-ɛ model, (3) the realizable k-ɛ model, (4) the standard k-ω model, (5) the SST k-ω model, and (6) the Reynolds stress model. Through comparing power and flow numbers for the PBT impeller obtained from computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with those from the lab specifications, the realizable k-ɛ and the standard k-ω models are found to be more appropriate than the other turbulence models. An alternative method to calculate the Reynolds number for the moving zone that characterizes the impeller rotation is proposed to judge the flow regime. To check the effect of the model setup on the predictive accuracy, both discretization scheme and numerical approach are investigated. The model validation is conducted by comparing the simulated velocities with experimental data in a lab-scale digester from literature. Moreover, CFD simulation of mixing in a full-scale digester with two side-entry impellers is performed to optimize the installation. PMID:21216428

  1. CFD simulation of particle deposition on an array of spheres using an Euler/Lagrange approach

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    Dehbi, A., E-mail: abdel.dehbi@psi.ch [Laboratory for Thermal-Hydraulics, Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen 5232 (Switzerland); Martin, S., E-mail: simon.martin@ec-lyon.f [Laboratoire de Mecanique des Fluides et d' Acoustique, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, 69130 Ecully (France)

    2011-08-15

    Highlights: > We use CFD to simulate particulate deposition around arrays of spheres and compare results with experimental data. > The Continuous Random Walk (CRW) is employed to supply fluctuating fluid velocity components. > Model predictions of particle deposition rates are generally within the scatter of the data. - Abstract: The Generation IV Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) is being considered as a promising concept to produce electricity or process heat with high efficiencies and unique safety features. The PBMR is a high-temperature, helium-cooled, graphite moderated reactor. The fuel elements consist of 6 cm diameter spherical graphite 'pebbles' containing each thousands of uranium dioxide microspheres. As the pebbles continually rub against one another in the core, a significant quantity of graphite dust can be released in the reactor coolant system. These dust particles, which contain some amounts of fission products, are transported and deposited on pebbles as well as primary circuit surfaces. It is therefore of great safety interest to develop and benchmark numerical approaches for predicting deposition of dust particles in the various locations of the PBMR primary circuit. In this investigation, we use the ANSYS-Fluent CFD code to simulate particulate flows around linear arrays of spheres and compare deposition rates against experiments. It is found that the Reynolds Stress Model (RSM) combined with the Continuous Random Walk (CRW) to supply fluctuating velocity components predicts deposition rates that are generally within the scatter of the data. The methodology developed here can therefore be used to predict to first order the graphite dust deposition rates on pebbles in PBMR-type reactors.

  2. CFD modelling of subcooled flow boiling for nuclear engineering applications

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    In this work a general-purpose CFD code CFX-5 was used for simulations of subcooled flow boiling. The subcooled boiling model, available in a custom version of CFX-5, uses a special treatment of the wall boiling boundary, which assures the grid invariant solution. The simulation results have been validated against the published experimental data [1] of high-pressure flow boiling in a vertical pipe covering a wide range of conditions (relevant to the pressurized water reactor). In general, a good agreement with the experimental data has been achieved. To adequately predict the lateral distribution of two-phase flow parameters, the modelling of two-phase flow turbulence and non-drag forces under wall boiling conditions have been also investigated in the paper. (author)

  3. CFD modelling of condensers for freeze-drying processes

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    Miriam Petitti; Antonello A Barresi; Daniele L Marchisio

    2013-12-01

    The aim of the present research is the development of a computational tool for investigating condensation processes and equipment with particular attention to freeze-dryers. These condensers in fact are usually operated at very low pressures, making it difficult to experimentally acquire quantitative knowledge of all the variables involved. Mathematical modelling and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations are used here to achieve a better comprehension of the flow dynamics and of the process of ice condensation and deposition in the condenser, in order to evaluate condenser efficiency and gain deeper insights of the process to be used for the improvement of its design. Both a complete laboratory-scale freeze-drying apparatus and an industrial-scale condenser have been investigated in this work, modelling the process of water vapour deposition. Different operating conditions have been considered and the influence exerted by the inert gas as well as other parameters has been investigated.

  4. Simplistic Approach to Characterize Sloshing Phenomena using CFD Simulation

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    Mahmud, Md; Khan, Rafiqul; Xu, Qiang

    2015-03-01

    Liquid sloshing in vessels caused by forced acceleration has been the subject of intense investigations for last several decades both by experiments and numerical simulations. Many studies are done to minimize the sloshing induced forces on the vessel internals and some studies focused on different ways to describe the sloshing patterns. Most of the sloshing characterization methods are done using complex mathematical manipulation and more simplified method may be useful for better practical understanding. In this study, simple/easily understandable methods are explored to describe sloshing phenomenon through Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation. Several parameters were varied including liquid level/tank length ratio, wave induced vessel motions, motion frequency, amplitudes in various sea state conditions. Parameters such as hydrodynamic force, pressure, moments, turbulent kinetic energy, height of the free surface, vorticity are used to quantify the sloshing intensity. In addition, visual inspections of sloshing motion are done through gas-liquid/oil-water interface fluctuation, streamlines, vector profiles. An equation connecting independent variables to resultant quantities will be established that will make it easier to describe the sloshing.

  5. Model test and CFD calculation of a cavitating bulb turbine

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    Necker, J; Aschenbrenner, T, E-mail: joerg.necker@voith.co [Voith Hydro Holding GmbH and Co. KG Alexanderstrasse 11, 89522 Heidenheim (Germany)

    2010-08-15

    The flow in a horizontal shaft bulb turbine is calculated as a two-phase flow with a commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD-)-code including cavitation model. The results are compared with experimental results achieved at a closed loop test rig for model turbines. On the model test rig, for a certain operating point (i.e. volume flow, net head, blade angle, guide vane opening) the pressure behind the turbine is lowered (i.e. the Thoma-coefficient {sigma} is lowered) and the efficiency of the turbine is recorded. The measured values can be depicted in a so-called {sigma}-break curve or {eta}- {sigma}-diagram. Usually, the efficiency is independent of the Thoma-coefficient up to a certain value. When lowering the Thoma-coefficient below this value the efficiency will drop rapidly. Visual observations of the different cavitation conditions complete the experiment. In analogy, several calculations are done for different Thoma-coefficients {sigma}and the corresponding hydraulic losses of the runner are evaluated quantitatively. For a low {sigma}-value showing in the experiment significant efficiency loss, the the change of volume flow in the experiment was simulated. Besides, the fraction of water vapour as an indication of the size of the cavitation cavity is analyzed qualitatively. The experimentally and the numerically obtained results are compared and show a good agreement. Especially the drop in efficiency can be calculated with satisfying accuracy. This drop in efficiency is of high practical importance since it is one criterion to determine the admissible cavitation in a bulb-turbine. The visual impression of the cavitation in the CFD-analysis is well in accordance with the observed cavitation bubbles recorded on sketches and/or photographs.

  6. Inertisation options for BG method and optimisation using CFD modelling

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    Morla Ramakrishna; Balusu Rao; Tanguturi Krishna; Ting Ren

    2015-01-01

    Spontaneous combustion (sponcom) is one of the issues of concern with the blasting gallery (BG) method of coal mining and has the potential to cause fires, and impact on production and safety, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and huge costs involved in controlling the aftermath situations. Some of the research attempts made to prevent and control coal mine fires and spontaneous combustion in thick seams worked with bord and pillar mining methods are presented in this paper. In the study, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling techniques were used to simulate and assess the effects of various mining methods, layouts, designs, and different operational and ventilation parameters on the flow of goaf gases in BG panels. A wide range of parametric studies were conducted to develop proactive strategies to control and prevent ingress of oxygen into the goaf area preventing spontaneous combustion and mine fires.

  7. 3-D CFD Simulation and Validation of Oxygen-Rich Hydrocarbon Combustion in a Gas-Centered Swirl Coaxial Injector using a Flamelet-Based Approach

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    Richardson, Brian; Kenny, Jeremy

    2015-01-01

    Injector design is a critical part of the development of a rocket Thrust Chamber Assembly (TCA). Proper detailed injector design can maximize propulsion efficiency while minimizing the potential for failures in the combustion chamber. Traditional design and analysis methods for hydrocarbon-fuel injector elements are based heavily on empirical data and models developed from heritage hardware tests. Using this limited set of data produces challenges when trying to design a new propulsion system where the operating conditions may greatly differ from heritage applications. Time-accurate, Three-Dimensional (3-D) Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling of combusting flows inside of injectors has long been a goal of the fluid analysis group at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and the larger CFD modeling community. CFD simulation can provide insight into the design and function of an injector that cannot be obtained easily through testing or empirical comparisons to existing hardware. However, the traditional finite-rate chemistry modeling approach utilized to simulate combusting flows for complex fuels, such as Rocket Propellant-2 (RP-2), is prohibitively expensive and time consuming even with a large amount of computational resources. MSFC has been working, in partnership with Streamline Numerics, Inc., to develop a computationally efficient, flamelet-based approach for modeling complex combusting flow applications. In this work, a flamelet modeling approach is used to simulate time-accurate, 3-D, combusting flow inside a single Gas Centered Swirl Coaxial (GCSC) injector using the flow solver, Loci-STREAM. CFD simulations were performed for several different injector geometries. Results of the CFD analysis helped guide the design of the injector from an initial concept to a tested prototype. The results of the CFD analysis are compared to data gathered from several hot-fire, single element injector tests performed in the Air Force Research Lab EC-1 test facility

  8. Coupling scales for modelling heavy metal vaporization from municipal solid waste incineration in a fluid bed by CFD

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    Soria, José, E-mail: jose.soria@probien.gob.ar [Institute for Research and Development in Process Engineering, Biotechnology and Alternative Energies (PROBIEN, CONICET – UNCo), 1400 Buenos Aires St., 8300 Neuquén (Argentina); Gauthier, Daniel; Flamant, Gilles [Processes, Materials and Solar Energy Laboratory (PROMES-CNRS, UPR 8521), 7 Four Solaire Street, Odeillo, 66120 Font-Romeu (France); Rodriguez, Rosa [Chemical Engineering Institute, National University of San Juan, 1109 Libertador (O) Avenue, 5400 San Juan (Argentina); Mazza, Germán [Institute for Research and Development in Process Engineering, Biotechnology and Alternative Energies (PROBIEN, CONICET – UNCo), 1400 Buenos Aires St., 8300 Neuquén (Argentina)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • A CFD two-scale model is formulated to simulate heavy metal vaporization from waste incineration in fluidized beds. • MSW particle is modelled with the macroscopic particle model. • Influence of bed dynamics on HM vaporization is included. • CFD predicted results agree well with experimental data reported in literature. • This approach may be helpful for fluidized bed reactor modelling purposes. - Abstract: Municipal Solid Waste Incineration (MSWI) in fluidized bed is a very interesting technology mainly due to high combustion efficiency, great flexibility for treating several types of waste fuels and reduction in pollutants emitted with the flue gas. However, there is a great concern with respect to the fate of heavy metals (HM) contained in MSW and their environmental impact. In this study, a coupled two-scale CFD model was developed for MSWI in a bubbling fluidized bed. It presents an original scheme that combines a single particle model and a global fluidized bed model in order to represent the HM vaporization during MSW combustion. Two of the most representative HM (Cd and Pb) with bed temperatures ranging between 923 and 1073 K have been considered. This new approach uses ANSYS FLUENT 14.0 as the modelling platform for the simulations along with a complete set of self-developed user-defined functions (UDFs). The simulation results are compared to the experimental data obtained previously by the research group in a lab-scale fluid bed incinerator. The comparison indicates that the proposed CFD model predicts well the evolution of the HM release for the bed temperatures analyzed. It shows that both bed temperature and bed dynamics have influence on the HM vaporization rate. It can be concluded that CFD is a rigorous tool that provides valuable information about HM vaporization and that the original two-scale simulation scheme adopted allows to better represent the actual particle behavior in a fluid bed incinerator.

  9. Coupling scales for modelling heavy metal vaporization from municipal solid waste incineration in a fluid bed by CFD

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    Highlights: • A CFD two-scale model is formulated to simulate heavy metal vaporization from waste incineration in fluidized beds. • MSW particle is modelled with the macroscopic particle model. • Influence of bed dynamics on HM vaporization is included. • CFD predicted results agree well with experimental data reported in literature. • This approach may be helpful for fluidized bed reactor modelling purposes. - Abstract: Municipal Solid Waste Incineration (MSWI) in fluidized bed is a very interesting technology mainly due to high combustion efficiency, great flexibility for treating several types of waste fuels and reduction in pollutants emitted with the flue gas. However, there is a great concern with respect to the fate of heavy metals (HM) contained in MSW and their environmental impact. In this study, a coupled two-scale CFD model was developed for MSWI in a bubbling fluidized bed. It presents an original scheme that combines a single particle model and a global fluidized bed model in order to represent the HM vaporization during MSW combustion. Two of the most representative HM (Cd and Pb) with bed temperatures ranging between 923 and 1073 K have been considered. This new approach uses ANSYS FLUENT 14.0 as the modelling platform for the simulations along with a complete set of self-developed user-defined functions (UDFs). The simulation results are compared to the experimental data obtained previously by the research group in a lab-scale fluid bed incinerator. The comparison indicates that the proposed CFD model predicts well the evolution of the HM release for the bed temperatures analyzed. It shows that both bed temperature and bed dynamics have influence on the HM vaporization rate. It can be concluded that CFD is a rigorous tool that provides valuable information about HM vaporization and that the original two-scale simulation scheme adopted allows to better represent the actual particle behavior in a fluid bed incinerator

  10. CFD modeling and experience of waste-to-energy plant burning waste wood

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    Rajh, B.; Yin, Chungen; Samec, N.;

    2013-01-01

    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is being increasingly used in industry for in-depth understanding of the fundamental mixing, combustion, heat transfer and pollutant formation in combustion processes and for design and optimization of Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plants. In this paper, CFD modeling...... of waste wood combustion in a 13 MW grate-fired boiler in a WtE plant is presented. As a validation effort, the temperature profiles at a number of ports in the furnace are measured and the experimental results are compared with the CFD predictions. In the simulation, a 1D model is developed to simulate...... the conversion of the waste wood in the fuel bed on the grate, which provides the appropriate inlet boundary condition for the freeboard 3D CFD simulation. The CFD analysis reveals the detailed mixing and combustion characteristics in the waste wood-fired furnace, pinpointing how to improve the design...

  11. A coupled DEM-CFD method for impulse wave modelling

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    Zhao, Tao; Utili, Stefano; Crosta, GiovanBattista

    2015-04-01

    Rockslides can be characterized by a rapid evolution, up to a possible transition into a rock avalanche, which can be associated with an almost instantaneous collapse and spreading. Different examples are available in the literature, but the Vajont rockslide is quite unique for its morphological and geological characteristics, as well as for the type of evolution and the availability of long term monitoring data. This study advocates the use of a DEM-CFD framework for the modelling of the generation of hydrodynamic waves due to the impact of a rapid moving rockslide or rock-debris avalanche. 3D DEM analyses in plane strain by a coupled DEM-CFD code were performed to simulate the rockslide from its onset to the impact with still water and the subsequent wave generation (Zhao et al., 2014). The physical response predicted is in broad agreement with the available observations. The numerical results are compared to those published in the literature and especially to Crosta et al. (2014). According to our results, the maximum computed run up amounts to ca. 120 m and 170 m for the eastern and western lobe cross sections, respectively. These values are reasonably similar to those recorded during the event (i.e. ca. 130 m and 190 m respectively). In these simulations, the slope mass is considered permeable, such that the toe region of the slope can move submerged in the reservoir and the impulse water wave can also flow back into the slope mass. However, the upscaling of the grains size in the DEM model leads to an unrealistically high hydraulic conductivity of the model, such that only a small amount of water is splashed onto the northern bank of the Vajont valley. The use of high fluid viscosity and coarse grain model has shown the possibility to model more realistically both the slope and wave motions. However, more detailed slope and fluid properties, and the need for computational efficiency should be considered in future research work. This aspect has also been

  12. CFD based combustion model for sewage sludge gasification in a fluidized bed

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    Yiqun WANG; Lifeng YAN

    2009-01-01

    Gasification is one potential way to use sewage sludge as renewable energy and solve the environmental problems caused by the huge amount of sewage sludge. In this paper, a three-dimensional Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model has been developed to simulate the sewage sludge gasification process in a fluidized bed. The model describes the complex physical and chemical phenomena in the gasifier including turbulent flow, heat and mass transfer, and chemical reactions. The model is based on the Eulerian-Lagrangian concept using the non-premixed combustion modeling approach. In terms of the CFD software FLUENT, which represents a powerful tool for gasifIer analysis, the simulations provide detailed information on the gas products and temperature distribution in the gasifier. The model sensitivity is analyzed by performing the model in a laboratory-scale fluidized bed in the literature, and the model validation is carried out by comparing with experimental data from the literature. Results show that reasonably good agreement was achieved. Effects of temperature and Equivalence Ratio (ER) on the quality of product syngas (H2 + CO) are also studied.

  13. The CFD Investigation of Two Non-Aligned Turbines Using Actuator Disk Model and Overset Grids

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    In this study flow over two axially non-aligned wind turbines is investigated via 3-D CFD analysis by solving Navier-Stokes equations. This setting is the test case geometry for the NTNU's ''Blind-Test'' Workshop 3 (BT3) and it aims to predict the performance of the wind turbines and their wake development under asymmetrical flow conditions. The performance of the turbine in the wake of the other turbine is numerically studied for different tip speed ratios. The measurements of velocity profile which is severely disturbed by both turbines are also carried out at the several locations of the wind tunnel. The computational results for NTNU wind turbine test case were obtained by 3-D CFD simulations with two different approaches. The first approach is to employ the actuator disk model, which is used in order to approximate the pressure jump across the rotor disk to simulate the impact of the wind turbines. At the second approach, the actual geometry of the turbine rotor was used, and the rotor blades were rotated using an overset grid methodology over the background grids. The thrust coefficients and the velocity profiles are calculated with two different approaches and the results are compared to experimental data presented in BT3

  14. Modelling of a CFD Microscale Model and Its Application in Wind Energy Resource Assessment

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The prediction of a wind farm near the wind turbines has a significant effect on the safety as well as economy of wind power generation. To assess the wind resource distribution within a complex terrain, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD based wind farm forecast microscale model is developed. The model uses the Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS model to characterize the turbulence. By using the results of Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF mesoscale weather forecast model as the input of the CFD model, a coupled model of CFD-WRF is established. A special method is used for the treatment of the information interchange on the lateral boundary between two models. This established coupled model is applied in predicting the wind farm near a wind turbine in Hong Gang-zi, Jilin, China. The results from this simulation are compared to real measured data. On this basis, the accuracy and efficiency of turbulence characterization schemes are discussed. It indicates that this coupling system is easy to implement and can make these two separate models work in parallel. The CFD model coupled with WRF has the advantage of high accuracy and fast speed, which makes it valid for the wind power generation.

  15. Simulation of a MW rotor equipped with vortex generators using CFD and an actuator shape model

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    Troldborg, Niels; Zahle, Frederik; Sørensen, Niels N.

    2015-01-01

    This article presents a comparison of CFD simulations of the DTU 10 MW reference wind turbine with and without vortex generators installed on the inboard part of the blades. The vortex generators are modelled by introducing body forces determined using a modified version of the so-called BAY model....... The vortex generator model is validated by applying it for modelling an array of VGs on an airfoil section compared to both wind tunnel measurements and fully gridded CFD....

  16. Combined CFD/Population Balance Model for Gas Hydrate Particle Size Prediction in Turbulent Pipeline Flow

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    Balakin, Boris V.; Hoffmann, Alex C.; Kosinski, Pawel; Istomin, Vladimir A.; Chuvilin, Evgeny M.

    2010-09-01

    A combined computational fluid dynamics/population balance model (CFD-PBM) is developed for gas hydrate particle size prediction in turbulent pipeline flow. The model is based on a one-moment population balance technique, which is coupled with flow field parameters computed using commercial CFD software. The model is calibrated with a five-moment, off-line population balance model and validated with experimental data produced in a low-pressure multiphase flow loop.

  17. The difficult challenge of a two-phase CFD modelling for all flow regimes

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    Highlights: • The theoretical difficulties for modelling all flow regimes at CFD scale are identified. • The choice of the number of fields and of the time and space averaging or filtering are discussed and clarified. • Closure issues related to an all flow regime CFD model are listed and the main difficulties are identified. - Abstract: System thermalhydraulic codes model all two-phase flow regimes but they are limited to a macroscopic description. Two-phase CFD tools predict two-phase flow with a much finer space resolution but the current modelling capabilities are limited to dispersed bubbly or droplet flow and separate-phase flow. Much less experience exists on more complex flow regimes which combine the existence of dispersed fields with the presence of large interfaces such as a free surface or a film surface. A list of possible reactor issues which might benefit from an “all flow regime CFD model” is given. The first difficulty is to identify the various types of local flow configuration. It is shown that a 4-field model has much better capabilities than a two-fluid approach to identify most complex regimes. Then the choice between time averaging, space averaging, or even ensemble averaging is discussed. It is shown that only the RANS-2-fluid and a space-filtered 4-field model may be reasonably envisaged. The latter has the capabilities to identify all types of interfaces and should be privileged if a good accuracy is expected or if time fluctuations in intermittent flow have to be predicted while the former may be used when a high accuracy is not necessary and if time fluctuations in intermittent flow are not of interest. Finally the closure issue is presented including wall transfers, interfacial transfers, mass transfers between dispersed and continuous fields, and turbulent transfers. An important effort is required to model all interactions between sub-filter phenomena and the transfers from the sub-filter domain to the simulated domain. The

  18. Development and Verification of CFD Models for Modeling Wind Conditions on Forested Wind Turbine Sites

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    Andersen, Morten Q.; Mortensen, Kasper; Nielsen, Daniel E.;

    2009-01-01

    This paper describes a proposed CFD model to simulate the wind conditions on a forested site. The model introduces porous subdomains representing the forests in the terrain. Obtained simulation values are compared to field measurements in- and outside a forest. Initial results are very promising...

  19. Proposition of an outflow boundary approach for carotid artery stenosis CFD simulation.

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    Zhang, Yu; Furusawa, Toyoki; Sia, Sheau Fung; Umezu, Mitsuo; Qian, Yi

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to propose an innovative approach of setting outlet boundary conditions for the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation of human common carotid arteries (CCAs) bifurcation based on the concept of energy loss minimisation at flow bifurcation. Comparisons between this new approach and previously reported boundary conditions were also made. The results showed that CFD simulation based on the proposed boundary conditions gave an accurate prediction of the critical stenosis ratio of carotid arteries (at around 65%). Other boundary conditions, such as the constant external pressure (P = 0) and constant outflow ratio, either overestimated or underestimated the critical stenosis ratio of carotid arteries. The patient-specific simulation results furthermore indicated that the calculated internal carotid artery flow ratio at CCA bifurcation (61%) coincided with the result obtained by clinical measurements through the use of Colour Doppler ultrasound. PMID:22288780

  20. Isothermal CFD-model of Peirce-Smith converting process

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    Vaarno, J.; Pitkaelae, J.; Ahokainen, T.; Jokilaakso, A.

    1997-12-31

    The Peirce-Smith converter has been a dominating copper and nickel matte refining process since 1905. Due to extremely difficult process conditions, very little measured data has been available for studying interactions of the gas injection and molten sulphide matte. Detailed information on fluid dynamics of the gas injection is needed in solving gas injection related problems like refractory wear, accretion growth and tuyere blockage as well as optimising the efficiency of momentum and mass transfer created by the gas jets. A commercial CFD-code PHOENICS was used to solve isothermal flow field of gas and liquid in a Peirce-Smith converter. An Euler-Euler based algorithm was chosen for modelling fluid dynamics and evaluating controlling forces of a submerged gas injection generally. Predictions were made with a {kappa}-{epsilon} turbulence model in the body fitted co-ordinate system. The model has been verified with a 1/4 scale water model, and a parametric study with the mathematical model of submerged gas injection was made for the PS-process and the ladle injection processes. Limits of the modelling technique used were recognised, but calculated results indicates that the present model predicts the general flow field with reasonable accuracy and it can be used as input for more detailed mathematical models of gas plumes. Predicted bubble distribution, pattern of the flow field and magnitude of flow velocities were also used to evaluate scaling factors of physical models and general flow conditions of an industrial PS-converter. (orig.) 28 refs.

  1. CFD Modeling of Free-Piston Stirling Engines

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    Ibrahim, Mounir B.; Zhang, Zhi-Guo; Tew, Roy C., Jr.; Gedeon, David; Simon, Terrence W.

    2001-01-01

    NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) is funding Cleveland State University (CSU) to develop a reliable Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code that can predict engine performance with the goal of significant improvements in accuracy when compared to one-dimensional (1-D) design code predictions. The funding also includes conducting code validation experiments at both the University of Minnesota (UMN) and CSU. In this paper a brief description of the work-in-progress is provided in the two areas (CFD and Experiments). Also, previous test results are compared with computational data obtained using (1) a 2-D CFD code obtained from Dr. Georg Scheuerer and further developed at CSU and (2) a multidimensional commercial code CFD-ACE+. The test data and computational results are for (1) a gas spring and (2) a single piston/cylinder with attached annular heat exchanger. The comparisons among the codes are discussed. The paper also discusses plans for conducting code validation experiments at CSU and UMN.

  2. Two-dimensional CFD modeling of wave rotor flow dynamics

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    Welch, Gerard E.; Chima, Rodrick V.

    1993-01-01

    A two-dimensional Navier-Stokes solver developed for detailed study of wave rotor flow dynamics is described. The CFD model is helping characterize important loss mechanisms within the wave rotor. The wave rotor stationary ports and the moving rotor passages are resolved on multiple computational grid blocks. The finite-volume form of the thin-layer Navier-Stokes equations with laminar viscosity are integrated in time using a four-stage Runge-Kutta scheme. The Roe approximate Riemann solution scheme or the computationally less expensive Advection Upstream Splitting Method (AUSM) flux-splitting scheme are used to effect upwind-differencing of the inviscid flux terms, using cell interface primitive variables set by MUSCL-type interpolation. The diffusion terms are central-differenced. The solver is validated using a steady shock/laminar boundary layer interaction problem and an unsteady, inviscid wave rotor passage gradual opening problem. A model inlet port/passage charging problem is simulated and key features of the unsteady wave rotor flow field are identified. Lastly, the medium pressure inlet port and high pressure outlet port portion of the NASA Lewis Research Center experimental divider cycle is simulated and computed results are compared with experimental measurements. The model accurately predicts the wave timing within the rotor passage and the distribution of flow variables in the stationary inlet port region.

  3. RAPID CREATION OF CFD-CAPABLE CAD-MODELS FOR CABIN AIR VENTILATION SIMULATION

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    Fuchte, Jörg; Wick, Andreas; Rajkowski, Sergej

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this paper is to describe a method for rapid creation of cabin CAD (Computer Aided Design) models for usage in CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations of cabin air ventilation. The intention is to automate the process of model creation in order to speed up the process and reduce the workload both in CAD modeling and mesh creation. The described method is part of a larger process intended to facilitate the usage of CFD cabin air ventilation simulations for passenger com...

  4. Porous Media Approach of a CFD Code to Analyze a PWR Component with Tube or Rod Bundles

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    This paper presents a strategy to innovate CFD code into a PWR component analysis code. A porous media approach is adapted to two-fluid model and conductor model, and a pack of constitutive relations to close the numerical model into component analysis code. The separate verification calculations on open media, conductor model and porous media approach are introduced. Based on the CUPID code, the component analysis code has been developed. For porous media model, constitutive correlations of a two-phase flow regime map, interfacial area, interfacial heat and mass transfer, interfacial drag, wall friction, wall heat transfer and heat partitioning in flows through tube or rod bundles are added. Separate calculations were also conducted to verify the developed code

  5. CFD Model of Water Droplet Transport for ISS Hygiene Activity

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    Son, Chang H.

    2011-01-01

    The goal of the study is to assess the impacts of free water propagation in the Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC). Free water can be generated inside the WHC in small quantities due to crew hygiene activity. To mitigate potential impact of free water in Node 3 cabin the WHC doorway is enclosed by a waterproof bump-out, Kabin, with openings at the top and bottom. At the overhead side of the rack, there is a screen that prevents large drops of water from exiting. However, as the avionics fan in the WHC causes airflow toward the deck side of the rack, small quantities of free water may exit at the bottom of the Kabin. A Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis of Node 3 cabin airflow made possible to identify the paths of water transport. The Node 3 airflow was computed for several ventilation scenarios. To simulate the droplet transport the Lagrangian discrete phase approach was used. Various initial droplet distributions were considered in the study. The droplet diameter was varied in the range of 2-20 mm. The results of the computations showed that most of the drops fall to the rack surface not far from the WHC curtain. The probability of the droplet transport to the adjacent rack surface with electronic equipment was predicted.

  6. Application of a CFD based containment model to different large-scale hydrogen distribution experiments

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    Highlights: • A CFD based model developed in ANSYS-FLUENT for simulating the distribution of hydrogen in the containment of a nuclear power plant during a severe accident is validated against four large-scale experiments. • The successive formation and mixing of a stratified gas-layer in experiments performed in the THAI and PANDA facilities are predicted well by the CFD model. • The pressure evolution and related condensation rate during different mixed convection flow conditions in the TOSQAN facility are predicted well by the CFD model. • The results give confidence in the general applicability of the CFD model and model settings. - Abstract: In the event of core degradation during a severe accident in water-cooled nuclear power plants (NPPs), large amounts of hydrogen are generated that may be released into the reactor containment. As the hydrogen mixes with the air in the containment, it can form a flammable mixture. Upon ignition it can damage relevant safety systems and put the integrity of the containment at risk. Despite the installation of mitigation measures, it has been recognized that the temporary existence of combustible or explosive gas clouds cannot be fully excluded during certain postulated accident scenarios. The distribution of hydrogen in the containment and mitigation of the risk are, therefore, important safety issues for NPPs. Complementary to lumped parameter code modelling, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling is needed for the detailed assessment of the hydrogen risk in the containment and for the optimal design of hydrogen mitigation systems in order to reduce this risk as far as possible. The CFD model applied by NRG makes use of the well-developed basic features of the commercial CFD package ANSYS-FLUENT. This general purpose CFD package is complemented with specific user-defined sub-models required to capture the relevant thermal-hydraulic phenomena in the containment during a severe accident as well as the effect of

  7. CFD modeling of a spouted bed with a porous draft tube

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    Salar Azizi; Seyyed Hossein Hosseini; M. Moraveji; Goodarz Ahmadi

    2010-01-01

    Spouted bed with a porous draft tube is used for drying of grains and chemical products and thermal disinfestations process. This work provides a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation of binary mixtures of glass particles in a spouted bed with a porous draft tube. The simulation used the multi-fluid Eulerian-Eulerian approach based on kinetic theory of granular flows, incorporating a kinetic-frictional constitutive model for dense assemblies of particulate solids and Gidaspow's drag model for the inter-action between gas and particles. Influences of solids mass fraction and inlet gas flow rate on pressure distribution, gas and particle velocities were studied. The modeling results were compared with the exper-imental work of Ishikura, Nagashima, and lde (2003) for the flow condition along the axis of the spouted bed. Good agreement between the modeling results and experimental data was observed.

  8. Coupling a CFD code with neutron kinetics and pin thermal models for nuclear reactor safety analyses

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    Highlights: • A CFD/neutron kinetics coupled code FLUENT/PK for nuclear reactor transient safety was developed. • The mathematical models and coupling methods of FLUENT/PK were described. • The code-to-code validation between FLUENT/PK and SIMMER-III was conducted. - Abstract: Most system codes are based on the one-dimensional lumped-parameter method, which is unsuitable to simulate multi-dimensional thermal-hydraulics problems. CFD method is a good tool to simulate multi-dimensional thermal-hydraulics phenomena in the nuclear reactor, which can increase the accuracy of analysis results. However, since there is no neutron kinetics model and pin thermal model in current CFD codes, the application of the CFD method in the area of nuclear reactor safety analyses is still limited. Coupling a CFD code with the neutron kinetics model (PKM) and the pin thermal model (PTM) is a good way to use CFD code to simulate multi-dimensional thermal-hydraulics problems of nuclear reactors. The motivation for this work is to develop a CFD/neutron kinetics coupled code named FLUENT/PK for nuclear reactor safety analyses by coupling the commercial CFD code named FLUENT with the point kinetics model (PKM) and the pin thermal model (PTM). The mathematical models and the coupling method are described and the unprotected transient overpower (UTOP) accident of a liquid metal cooled fast reactor (LMFR) is chosen as an application case. As a general validation, the calculated results are used to compare with that of another multi-physics coupled code named SIMMER-III and good agreements are achieved for various characteristic parameters

  9. Hydrogen production in a zigzag and straight catalytic wall coated micro channel reactor by CFD modeling

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    Fazeli, Ali; Behnam, Mohsen [Gas Research Division, Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI), P.O. Box 14665-137, Tehran (Iran)

    2010-09-15

    Hydrogen production from steam reforming of methanol for fuel cell application was modeled in a wall coated micro channel reactor by CFD approach. Heat of steam reforming (SR) was supplied from catalytic total oxidation (TOX) of methanol on Cu/ZnO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst and Heat conducts from TOX to SR zone through Steel divider wall between two channels. Heat integration was compared in zigzag and straight geometry of microreactor by CFD modeling. The model is two dimensional, steady state and containing five zones: TOX fluid, TOX catalyst layer, steel wall of the channel, SR catalyst layer and SR fluid. Set of partial differential equations (PDEs) including x and y momentum balance, continuity, partial mass balances and energy balance was solved by finite volume method. Stiff reaction rates were considered for methanol total oxidation (TOX), methanol steam reforming (SR), water gas shift (WGS) and methanol decomposition (MD) reactions. The results show that zigzag geometry is better than straight one because heat and mass transfer in zigzag reactor are more than straight. Conversion of methanol in zigzag geometry is greater than straight one. In the outlet of zigzag micro channels, carbon monoxide selectivity is less and hydrogen mole fraction is more than straight one. (author)

  10. CFD Modeling of LNG Spill: Humidity Effect on Vapor Dispersion

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    Giannissi, S. G.; Venetsanos, A. G.; Markatos, N.

    2015-09-01

    The risks entailed by an accidental spill of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) should be indentified and evaluated, in order to design measures for prevention and mitigation in LNG terminals. For this purpose, simulations are considered a useful tool to study LNG spills and to understand the mechanisms that influence the vapor dispersion. In the present study, the ADREA-HF CFD code is employed to simulate the TEEX1 experiment. The experiment was carried out at the Brayton Fire Training Field, which is affiliated with the Texas A&M University system and involves LNG release and dispersion over water surface in open- obstructed environment. In the simulation the source was modeled as a two-phase jet enabling the prediction of both the vapor dispersion and the liquid pool spreading. The conservation equations for the mixture are solved along with the mass fraction for natural gas. Due to the low prevailing temperatures during the spill ambient humidity condenses and this might affect the vapor dispersion. This effect was examined in this work by solving an additional conservation equation for the water mass fraction. Two different models were tested: the hydrodynamic equilibrium model which assumes kinetic equilibrium between the phases and the non hydrodynamic equilibrium model, in order to assess the effect of slip velocity on the prediction. The slip velocity is defined as the difference between the liquid phase and the vapor phase and is calculated using the algebraic slip model. Constant droplet diameter of three different sizes and a lognormal distribution of the droplet diameter were applied and the results are discussed and compared with the measurements.

  11. CFD of mixing of multi-phase flow in a bioreactor using population balance model.

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    Sarkar, Jayati; Shekhawat, Lalita Kanwar; Loomba, Varun; Rathore, Anurag S

    2016-05-01

    Mixing in bioreactors is known to be crucial for achieving efficient mass and heat transfer, both of which thereby impact not only growth of cells but also product quality. In a typical bioreactor, the rate of transport of oxygen from air is the limiting factor. While higher impeller speeds can enhance mixing, they can also cause severe cell damage. Hence, it is crucial to understand the hydrodynamics in a bioreactor to achieve optimal performance. This article presents a novel approach involving use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to model the hydrodynamics of an aerated stirred bioreactor for production of a monoclonal antibody therapeutic via mammalian cell culture. This is achieved by estimating the volume averaged mass transfer coefficient (kL a) under varying conditions of the process parameters. The process parameters that have been examined include the impeller rotational speed and the flow rate of the incoming gas through the sparger inlet. To undermine the two-phase flow and turbulence, an Eulerian-Eulerian multiphase model and k-ε turbulence model have been used, respectively. These have further been coupled with population balance model to incorporate the various interphase interactions that lead to coalescence and breakage of bubbles. We have successfully demonstrated the utility of CFD as a tool to predict size distribution of bubbles as a function of process parameters and an efficient approach for obtaining optimized mixing conditions in the reactor. The proposed approach is significantly time and resource efficient when compared to the hit and trial, all experimental approach that is presently used. © 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Biotechnol. Prog., 32:613-628, 2016. PMID:26850863

  12. Recent advances on thermohydraulic simulation of HTR-10 nuclear reactor core using realistic CFD approach

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    Silva, Alexandro S., E-mail: alexandrossilva@ifba.edu.br [Instituto Federal de Educacao, Ciencia e Tecnologia da Bahia (IFBA), Vitoria da Conquista, BA (Brazil); Mazaira, Leorlen Y.R., E-mail: leored1984@gmail.com, E-mail: cgh@instec.cu [Instituto Superior de Tecnologias y Ciencias Aplicadas (INSTEC), La Habana (Cuba); Dominguez, Dany S.; Hernandez, Carlos R.G., E-mail: alexandrossilva@gmail.com, E-mail: dsdominguez@gmail.com [Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz (UESC), Ilheus, BA (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Modelagem Computacional; Lira, Carlos A.B.O., E-mail: cabol@ufpe.br [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, PE (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    High-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) have the potential to be used as possible energy generation sources in the near future, owing to their inherently safe performance by using a large amount of graphite, low power density design, and high conversion efficiency. However, safety is the most important issue for its commercialization in nuclear energy industry. It is very important for safety design and operation of an HTGR to investigate its thermal-hydraulic characteristics. In this article, it was performed the thermal-hydraulic simulation of compressible flow inside the core of the pebble bed reactor HTR (High Temperature Reactor)-10 using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). The realistic approach was used, where every closely packed pebble is realistically modelled considering a graphite layer and sphere of fuel. Due to the high computational cost is impossible simulate the full core; therefore, the geometry used is a FCC (Face Centered Cubic) cell with the half height of the core, with 21 layers and 95 pebbles. The input data used were taken from the thermal-hydraulic IAEA Bechmark. The results show the profiles of velocity and temperature of the coolant in the core, and the temperature distribution inside the pebbles. The maximum temperatures in the pebbles do not exceed the allowable limit for this type of nuclear fuel. (author)

  13. A Quasi-One-Dimensional CFD Model for Multistage Turbomachines

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    Olivier Léonard; Olivier Adam

    2008-01-01

    The objective of this paper is to present a fast and reliable CFD model that is able to simulate stationary and transient operations of multistage compressors and turbines. This analysis tool is based on an adapted version of the Euler equations solved by a time-marching, finite-volume method. The Euler equations have been extended by including source terms expressing the blade-flow interactions. These source terms are determined using the velocity triangles and a row-by-row representation of the blading at mid-span. The losses and deviations undergone by the fluid across each blade row are supplied by correlations. The resulting flow solver is a performance prediction tool based only on the machine geometry, offering the possibility of exploring the entire characteristic map of a multistage compressor or turbine. Its efficiency in terms of CPU time makes it possible to couple it to an optimization algorithm or to a gas turbine performance tool. Different test-cases are presented for which the calculated characteristic maps are compared to experimental ones.

  14. Recurrence CFD - a novel approach to simulate multiphase flows with strongly separated time scales

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    Lichtenegger, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    Classical Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) of long-time processes with strongly separated time scales is computationally extremely demanding if not impossible. Consequently, the state-of-the-art description of such systems is not capable of real-time simulations or online process monitoring. In order to bridge this gap, we propose a new method suitable to decouple slow from fast degrees of freedom in many cases. Based on the recurrence statistics of unsteady flow fields, we deduce a recurrence process which enables the generic representation of pseudo-periodic motion at high spatial and temporal resolution. Based on these fields, passive scalars can be traced by recurrence CFD. While a first, Eulerian Model A solves a passive transport equation in a classical implicit finite-volume environment, a second, Lagrangian Model B propagates fluid particles obeying a stochastic differential equation explicitly. Finally, this new concept is tested by two multiphase processes - a lab scale oscillating bubble column a...

  15. Simulation and Scale-up of Barium Sulphate Precipitation Process Using CFD Modeling

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    龚俊波; 卫宏远; 王静康; JohnGarsideb

    2005-01-01

    Some empirical mixing models were used to describe the imperfect mixing in precipitation process.However, the models can not, in general, reflect the details of interactions between mixing and crystallization in a vessel. In this study, CFD (computational fluid dynamics) technique were developed by simulating the precipitation of barium sulphate in stirred tanks by integration of population balance equations with a CFD solver. Two typical impellers, Rushton and pitched blade turbines, were employed for agitation. The influence of feed concentration and position on crystal product properties was investigated by CFD simulation. The scale-up of these precipitators was systematically studied. Significant effect on the crystal properties was found for the scale-up under some conditions.Keywords simulation, scale up, precipitation, CFD(computational fluid dynamics)

  16. Summary of best guidelines and validation of CFD modeling in livestock buildings to ensure prediction quality

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    Rong, Li; Nielsen, Peter Vilhelm; Bjerg, Bjarne;

    2016-01-01

    scale pig barns was simulated to show the procedures of validating a CFD simulation in livestock buildings. After summarizing the guideline and/or best practice for CFD modeling, the authors addressed the issues related to numerical methods and the governing equations, which were limited to RANS models......, simulating domain etc. This information is particularly important for the readers to evaluate the quality of the CFD simulation results.......Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is increasingly used to study airflow around and in livestock buildings, to develop technologies to mitigate emissions and to predict the contaminant dispersion from livestock buildings. In this paper, an example of air flow distribution in a room with two full...

  17. cfd modelling and experimental study on the fluid flow and heat transfer in copper heat sink design

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    Karimpourian, Bijan

    2007-01-01

    Abstract This thesis is studying the heatsinks new designs for copper heatsinks which utilizes modelling and simulation by CFD, construction of prototypes and experimental works. Challenges and complications in manufacturing of copper heatsinks are expressed and finding the solutions to these hindrances involve in this work. Numerical efforts supported by fluent are made to promote investigation and approaching the goal in which serves the new opportunities for wider application of copper mat...

  18. Evaluation of gas radiation models in CFD modeling of oxy-combustion

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    Highlights: • CFD modeling of a typical industrial water tube boiler is conducted. • Different combustion processes were considered including air and oxy-fuel combustion. • SGG, EWBM, Leckner, Perry and WSGG radiation models were considered in the study. • EWBM is the most accurate model and it’s considered to be the benchmark model. • Characteristics of oxy-fuel combustion are compared to those of air–fuel combustion. - Abstract: Proper determination of the radiation energy is very important for proper predictions of the combustion characteristics inside combustion devices using CFD modeling. For this purpose, different gas radiation models were developed and applied in the present work. These radiation models vary in their accuracy and complexity according to the application. In this work, a CFD model for a typical industrial water tube boiler was developed, considering three different combustion environments. The combustion environments are air–fuel combustion (21% O2 and 79% N2), oxy-fuel combustion (21% O2 and 79% CO2) and oxy-fuel combustion (27% O2 and 73% CO2). Simple grey gas (SGG), exponential wide band model (EWBM), Leckner, Perry and weighted sum of grey gases (WSGG) radiation models were examined and their influences on the combustion characteristics were evaluated. Among those radiation models, the EWBM was found to provide close results to the experimental data for the present boiler combustion application. The oxy-fuel combustion characteristics were analyzed and compared with those of air–fuel combustion

  19. Calibration of the k- ɛ model constants for use in CFD applications

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    Glover, Nina; Guillias, Serge; Malki-Epshtein, Liora

    2011-11-01

    The k- ɛ turbulence model is a popular choice in CFD modelling due to its robust nature and the fact that it has been well validated. However it has been noted in previous research that the k- ɛ model has problems predicting flow separation as well as unconfined and transient flows. The model contains five empirical model constants whose values were found through data fitting for a wide range of flows (Launder 1972) but ad-hoc adjustments are often made to these values depending on the situation being modeled. Here we use the example of flow within a regular street canyon to perform a Bayesian calibration of the model constants against wind tunnel data. This allows us to assess the sensitivity of the CFD model to changes in these constants, find the most suitable values for the constants as well as quantifying the uncertainty related to the constants and the CFD model as a whole.

  20. An Approach to Improved Credibility of CFD Simulations for Rocket Injector Design

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    Tucker, Paul K.; Menon, Suresh; Merkle, Charles L.; Oefelein, Joseph C.; Yang, Vigor

    2007-01-01

    Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has the potential to improve the historical rocket injector design process by simulating the sensitivity of performance and injector-driven thermal environments to. the details of the injector geometry and key operational parameters. Methodical verification and validation efforts on a range of coaxial injector elements have shown the current production CFD capability must be improved in order to quantitatively impact the injector design process.. This paper documents the status of an effort to understand and compare the predictive capabilities and resource requirements of a range of CFD methodologies on a set of model problem injectors. Preliminary results from a steady Reynolds-Average Navier-Stokes (RANS), an unsteady Reynolds-Average Navier Stokes (URANS) and three different Large Eddy Simulation (LES) techniques used to model a single element coaxial injector using gaseous oxygen and gaseous hydrogen propellants are presented. Initial observations are made comparing instantaneous results, corresponding time-averaged and steady-state solutions in the near -injector flow field. Significant differences in the flow fields exist, as expected, and are discussed. An important preliminary result is the identification of a fundamental mixing mechanism, accounted for by URANS and LES, but missing in the steady BANS methodology. Since propellant mixing is the core injector function, this mixing process may prove to have a profound effect on the ability to more correctly simulate injector performance and resulting thermal environments. Issues important to unifying the basis for future comparison such as solution initialization, required run time and grid resolution are addressed.

  1. iCFD: Interpreted Computational Fluid Dynamics - Degeneration of CFD to one-dimensional advection-dispersion models using statistical experimental design - The secondary clarifier.

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    Guyonvarch, Estelle; Ramin, Elham; Kulahci, Murat; Plósz, Benedek Gy

    2015-10-15

    The present study aims at using statistically designed computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations as numerical experiments for the identification of one-dimensional (1-D) advection-dispersion models - computationally light tools, used e.g., as sub-models in systems analysis. The objective is to develop a new 1-D framework, referred to as interpreted CFD (iCFD) models, in which statistical meta-models are used to calculate the pseudo-dispersion coefficient (D) as a function of design and flow boundary conditions. The method - presented in a straightforward and transparent way - is illustrated using the example of a circular secondary settling tank (SST). First, the significant design and flow factors are screened out by applying the statistical method of two-level fractional factorial design of experiments. Second, based on the number of significant factors identified through the factor screening study and system understanding, 50 different sets of design and flow conditions are selected using Latin Hypercube Sampling (LHS). The boundary condition sets are imposed on a 2-D axi-symmetrical CFD simulation model of the SST. In the framework, to degenerate the 2-D model structure, CFD model outputs are approximated by the 1-D model through the calibration of three different model structures for D. Correlation equations for the D parameter then are identified as a function of the selected design and flow boundary conditions (meta-models), and their accuracy is evaluated against D values estimated in each numerical experiment. The evaluation and validation of the iCFD model structure is carried out using scenario simulation results obtained with parameters sampled from the corners of the LHS experimental region. For the studied SST, additional iCFD model development was carried out in terms of (i) assessing different density current sub-models; (ii) implementation of a combined flocculation, hindered, transient and compression settling velocity function; and (iii

  2. A 3-D CFD approach to the mechanistic prediction of forced convective critical heat flux at low quality

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    Full text of publication follows: The prediction of the Critical Heat Flux (CHF) in a heat flux controlled boiling heat exchanger is important to assess the maximal thermal capability of the system. In the case of a nuclear reactor, CHF margin gain (using improved mixing vane grid design, for instance) can allow power up-rate and enhanced operating flexibility. In general, current nuclear core design procedures use quasi-1D approach to model the coolant thermal-hydraulic conditions within the fuel bundles coupled with fully empirical CHF prediction methods. In addition, several CHF mechanistic models have been developed in the past and coupled with 1D and quasi-1D thermal-hydraulic codes. These mechanistic models have demonstrated reasonable CHF prediction characteristics and, more remarkably, correct parametric trends over wide range of fluid conditions. However, since the phenomena leading to CHF are localized near the heater, models are needed to relate local quantities of interest to area-averaged quantities. As a consequence, large CHF prediction uncertainties may be introduced and 3D fluid characteristics (such as swirling flow) cannot be accounted properly. Therefore, a fully mechanistic approach to CHF prediction is, in general, not possible using the current approach. The development of CHF-enhanced fuel assembly designs requires the use of more advanced 3D coolant properties computations coupled with a CHF mechanistic modeling. In the present work, the commercial CFD code CFX-5 is used to compute 3D coolant conditions in a vertical heated tube with upward flow. Several CHF mechanistic models at low quality available in the literature are coupled with the CFD code by developing adequate models between local coolant properties and local parameters of interest to predict CHF. The prediction performances of these models are assessed using CHF databases available in the open literature and the 1995 CHF look-up table. Since CFD can reasonably capture 3D fluid

  3. CFD modeling of the HTR reactor cavity cooling system

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    This report describes the heat transport under accident conditions from the reactor vessel wall of the INCOGEN installation to the environment. For this purpose, the heat transfer mechanisms as well as the flow patterns inside the cavity and the Reactor Cavity Cooling System (RCCS) have been calculated by the CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) code called CFDS-FLOW3D. The main purpose of the calculations is to determine the vessel wall temperature at which the power produced in the vessel is removed. An important assumption of the calculations is that a total of 1 MW of decay power and fission power has to be removed by the RCCS under accident conditions. In the reference calculation, about 80% of the heat is transported by radiation to the RCCS, while the remaining 20% is transported by convection of the gas in the cavity. The maximum calculated temperature on the outside of the vessel in 634 K. The reference calculation is assessed by a number of sensitivity calculations. In these calculations, the influence of the following parameters on the reactor vessel wall temperature has been determined: The turbulence model, the properties of the inlet and the outlet structures, the heat loss from the reactor vessel wall, the emissivity of structures, and the interaction between gas and radiation. Most of the parameters investigated have a small influence on the reactor vessel wall temperature. The following changes result in an increase of the reactor vessel wall temperature by 25 K or more: An increase of the heat loss from 1 MW to 2 MW, an increase of the inlet temperature from 300 K to 350 K, a decrease of the emissivity of the reactor vessel wall from 0.8 to 0.6, or very high concentrations of scattering aerosol particles. (orig.)

  4. Modeling chemical reactions in the indoor environment by CFD

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    Sørensen, Dan Nørtoft; Weschler, Charles J.

    2002-01-01

    The concentrations of ozone and a terpene that react in the gas-phase to produce a hypothetical product were investigated by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for two different air exchange rates. Ozone entered the room with the ventilation air. The terpenes were introduced as a localized source...

  5. CFD modelling of an industrial air diffuser - predicting velocity and temperature in the near zone

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    Einberg, G.; Holmberg, S. [Royal Institute of Technology, Haninge (Sweden). Department of Constructional Engineering and Design; Hagstroem, K.; Mustakallio, P. [Halton OY, Kausala (Finland); Koskela, H. [Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Turku (Finland)

    2005-05-15

    This article describes experimental and modelling results from CFD simulation of an air diffuser for industrial spaces. The main objective of this paper is to validate a manufacturer model of the diffuser. In the air diffuser, the low velocity part is placed on top of a multi-cone diffuser in order to increase airflow rates and maximize the cooling capacity of a single diffuser unit. This kind of configuration should ensure appropriate performance of industrial air diffusers, which is discussed briefly at the end of the article. The paper illustrates the importance of a simulation model jointly with the manufacturer's product model and the grid layout near the ventilation device to achieve accurate results. Parameters for diffuser modelling were adapted from literature and manufacturer's product data. Correct specification of diffuser geometry and numerical boundary conditions for CFD simulations are critical for prediction. The standard {kappa}-{epsilon} model was chosen to model turbulence because it represents the best-known model utilized and validated for air diffuser performance. CFD simulations were compared systematically with data from laboratory measurements; air velocity was measured by ultrasonic sensors. Results show that CFD simulation with a standard {kappa}-{epsilon} model accurately predicts non-isothermal airflow around the diffuser. Additionally, smoke tests revealed that the flow around the diffuser is not completely symmetrical as predicted by CFD. The cause of the observed asymmetry was not identified. This was the main reason why some simulation results deviate from the measured values. (author)

  6. A CFD approach on simulation of hydrogen production from steam reforming of glycerol in a fluidized bed reactor

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    Dou, Binlin; Song, Yongchen [School of Energy and Power Engineering, Key Laboratory of Ocean Energy Utilization and Energy Conservation of Ministry of Education, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116023 (China)

    2010-10-15

    Hydrogen production from steam reforming of glycerol in a fluidized bed reactor has been simulated using a CFD method by an additional transport equation with a kinetic term. The Eulerian-Eulerian two-fluid approach was adopted to simulate hydrodynamics of fluidization, and chemical reactions were modelled by laminar finite-rate model. The bed expansion and pressure drop were predicted for different inlet gas velocities. The results showed that the flow system exhibited a more heterogeneous structure, and the core-annulus structure of gas-solid flow led to back-mixing and internal circulation behaviour, and thus gave a poor velocity distribution. This suggests the bed should be agitated to maintain satisfactory fluidizing conditions. Glycerol conversion and H{sub 2} production were decreased with increasing inlet gas velocity. The increase in the value of steam to carbon molar ratio increases the conversion of glycerol and H{sub 2} selectivity. H{sub 2} concentrations in the bed were uneven and increased downstream and high concentrations of H{sub 2} production were also found on walls. The model demonstrated a relationship between hydrodynamics and hydrogen production, implying that the residence time and steam to carbon molar ratio are important parameters. The CFD simulation will provide helpful data to design and operate a bench scale catalytic fluidized bed reactor. (author)

  7. From Detailed Description of Chemical Reacting Carbon Particles to Subgrid Models for CFD

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    Schulze S.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available This work is devoted to the development and validation of a sub-model for the partial oxidation of a spherical char particle moving in an air/steam atmosphere. The particle diameter is 2 mm. The coal particle is represented by moisture- and ash-free nonporous carbon while the coal rank is implemented using semi-global reaction rate expressions taken from the literature. The submodel includes six gaseous chemical species (O2, CO2, CO, H2O, H2, N2. Three heterogeneous reactions are employed, along with two homogeneous semi-global reactions, namely carbon monoxide oxidation and the water-gas-shift reaction. The distinguishing feature of the subgrid model is that it takes into account the influence of homogeneous reactions on integral characteristics such as carbon combustion rates and particle temperature. The sub-model was validated by comparing its results with a comprehensive CFD-based model resolving the issues of bulk flow and boundary layer around the particle. In this model, the Navier-Stokes equations coupled with the energy and species conservation equations were used to solve the problem by means of the pseudo-steady state approach. At the surface of the particle, the balance of mass, energy and species concentration was applied including the effect of the Stefan flow and heat loss due to radiation at the surface of the particle. Good agreement was achieved between the sub-model and the CFD-based model. Additionally, the CFD-based model was verified against experimental data published in the literature (Makino et al. (2003 Combust. Flame 132, 743-753. Good agreement was achieved between numerically predicted and experimentally obtained data for input conditions corresponding to the kinetically controlled regime. The maximal discrepancy (10% between the experiments and the numerical results was observed in the diffusion-controlled regime. Finally, we discuss the influence of the Reynolds number, the ambient O2 mass fraction and the ambient

  8. Active-passive measurements and CFD based modelling for indoor radon dispersion study

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    Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) play a significant role in indoor pollutant dispersion study. Radon is an indoor pollutant which is radioactive and inert gas in nature. The concentration level and spatial distribution of radon may be affected by the dwelling's ventilation conditions. Present work focus at the study of indoor radon gas distribution via measurement and CFD modeling in naturally ventilated living room. The need of the study is the prediction of activity level and to study the effect of natural ventilation on indoor radon. Two measurement techniques (Passive measurement using pin-hole dosimeters and active measurement using continuous radon monitor (SRM)) were used for the validation purpose of CFD results. The CFD simulation results were compared with the measurement results at 15 points, 3 XY planes at different heights along with the volumetric average concentration. The simulation results found to be comparable with the measurement results. The future scope of these CFD codes is to study the effect of varying inflow rate of air on the radon concentration level and dispersion pattern. - Highlights: • The distribution of radon gas in indoor environment was simulated using CFD modelling. • The distribution of radon was found to be more homogenous in open room condition. • The radon concentration level in open room was low as compare to closed room due to enhanced ventilation rate. • Simulation results are in agreement with active and passive measurements results

  9. Thermohydraulic simulation of HTR-10 nuclear reactor core using realistic CFD approach; Simulacao termohidraulica do nucleo do reator nuclear HTR-10 com o uso da abordagem realistica CFD

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    Silva, Alexandro S.; Dominguez, Dany S., E-mail: alexandrossilva@gmail.com, E-mail: dsdominguez@gmail.com [Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz (UESC), Ilheus, BA (Brazil); Mazaira, Leorlen Y. Rojas; Hernandez, Carlos R.G., E-mail: leored1984@gmail.com, E-mail: cgh@instec.cu [Instituto Superior de Tecnologias y Ciencias Aplicadas, La Habana (Cuba); Lira, Carlos Alberto Brayner de Oliveira, E-mail: cabol@ufpe.br [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, PE (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    High-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) have the potential to be used as possible energy generation sources in the near future, owing to their inherently safe performance by using a large amount of graphite, low power density design, and high conversion efficiency. However, safety is the most important issue for its commercialization in nuclear energy industry. It is very important for safety design and operation of an HTGR to investigate its thermal–hydraulic characteristics. In this article, it was performed the thermal–hydraulic simulation of compressible flow inside the core of the pebble bed reactor HTR (High Temperature Reactor)-10 using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). The realistic approach was used, where every closely packed pebble is realistically modelled considering a graphite layer and sphere of fuel. Due to the high computational cost is impossible simulate the full core; therefore, the geometry used is a column of FCC (Face Centered Cubic) cells, with 41 layers and 82 pebbles. The input data used were taken from the thermohydraulic IAEA Benchmark (TECDOC-1694). The results show the profiles of velocity and temperature of the coolant in the core, and the temperature distribution inside the pebbles. The maximum temperatures in the pebbles do not exceed the allowable limit for this type of nuclear fuel. (author)

  10. Development of a compartment model based on CFD simulations for description of mixing in bioreactors

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    Crine, M.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Understanding and modeling the complex interactions between biological reaction and hydrodynamics are a key problem when dealing with bioprocesses. It is fundamental to be able to accurately predict the hydrodynamics behavior of bioreactors of different size and its interaction with the biological reaction. CFD can provide detailed modeling about hydrodynamics and mixing. However, it is computationally intensive, especially when reactions are taken into account. Another way to predict hydrodynamics is the use of "Compartment" or "Multi-zone" models which are much less demanding in computation time than CFD. However, compartments and fluxes between them are often defined by considering global quantities not representative of the flow. To overcome the limitations of these two methods, a solution is to combine compartment modeling and CFD simulations. Therefore, the aim of this study is to develop a methodology in order to propose a compartment model based on CFD simulations of a bioreactor. The flow rate between two compartments can be easily computed from the velocity fields obtained by CFD. The difficulty lies in the definition of the zones in such a way they can be considered as perfectly mixed. The creation of the model compartments from CFD cells can be achieved manually or automatically. The manual zoning consists in aggregating CFD cells according to the user's wish. The automatic zoning defines compartments as regions within which the value of one or several properties are uniform with respect to a given tolerance. Both manual and automatic zoning methods have been developed and compared by simulating the mixing of an inert scalar. For the automatic zoning, several algorithms and different flow properties have been tested as criteria for the compartment creation.

  11. Improvement of AEP Predictions Using Diurnal CFD Modelling with Site-Specific Stability Weightings Provided from Mesoscale Simulation

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    Hristov, Y.; Oxley, G.; Žagar, M.

    2014-06-01

    The Bolund measurement campaign, performed by Danish Technical University (DTU) Wind Energy Department (also known as RISØ), provided significant insight into wind flow modeling over complex terrain. In the blind comparison study several modelling solutions were submitted with the vast majority being steady-state Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) approaches with two equation k-epsilon turbulence closure. This approach yielded the most accurate results, and was identified as the state-of-the-art tool for wind turbine generator (WTG) micro-siting. Based on the findings from Bolund, further comparison between CFD and field measurement data has been deemed essential in order to improve simulation accuracy for turbine load and long-term Annual Energy Production (AEP) estimations. Vestas Wind Systems A/S is a major WTG original equipment manufacturer (OEM) with an installed base of over 60GW in over 70 countries accounting for 19% of the global installed base. The Vestas Performance and Diagnostic Centre (VPDC) provides online live data to more than 47GW of these turbines allowing a comprehensive comparison between modelled and real-world energy production data. In previous studies, multiple sites have been simulated with a steady neutral CFD formulation for the atmospheric surface layer (ASL), and wind resource (RSF) files have been generated as a base for long-term AEP predictions showing significant improvement over predictions performed with the industry standard linear WAsP tool. In this study, further improvements to the wind resource file generation with CFD are examined using an unsteady diurnal cycle approach with a full atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) formulation, with the unique stratifications throughout the cycle weighted according to mesoscale simulated sectorwise stability frequencies.

  12. Improvement of AEP Predictions Using Diurnal CFD Modelling with Site-Specific Stability Weightings Provided from Mesoscale Simulation

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    The Bolund measurement campaign, performed by Danish Technical University (DTU) Wind Energy Department (also known as RISØ), provided significant insight into wind flow modeling over complex terrain. In the blind comparison study several modelling solutions were submitted with the vast majority being steady-state Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) approaches with two equation k-ε turbulence closure. This approach yielded the most accurate results, and was identified as the state-of-the-art tool for wind turbine generator (WTG) micro-siting. Based on the findings from Bolund, further comparison between CFD and field measurement data has been deemed essential in order to improve simulation accuracy for turbine load and long-term Annual Energy Production (AEP) estimations. Vestas Wind Systems A/S is a major WTG original equipment manufacturer (OEM) with an installed base of over 60GW in over 70 countries accounting for 19% of the global installed base. The Vestas Performance and Diagnostic Centre (VPDC) provides online live data to more than 47GW of these turbines allowing a comprehensive comparison between modelled and real-world energy production data. In previous studies, multiple sites have been simulated with a steady neutral CFD formulation for the atmospheric surface layer (ASL), and wind resource (RSF) files have been generated as a base for long-term AEP predictions showing significant improvement over predictions performed with the industry standard linear WAsP tool. In this study, further improvements to the wind resource file generation with CFD are examined using an unsteady diurnal cycle approach with a full atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) formulation, with the unique stratifications throughout the cycle weighted according to mesoscale simulated sectorwise stability frequencies

  13. Validation of cfd and simplified models with experimental data for multiphase flow in bends

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    Nennie, E.D.; Belfroid, S.P.C.; O'Mahoney, T.S.D.

    2013-01-01

    In this paper details of the measurement results of the forces on the bends in a 4" setup are compared to two models. The first model is a simple analytical model and is used to estimate the forces. In the second model, CFD is used. In the experiments only resulting forces, including upstream and do

  14. Realistic Representation of Grain Shapes in CFD--DEM Simulations of Sediment Transport: A Bonded-Sphere Approach

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    Sun, Rui

    2016-01-01

    Development of algorithms and growth of computational resources in the past decades have enabled simulations of sediment transport processes with unprecedented fidelities. The Computational Fluid Dynamics--Discrete Element Method (CFD--DEM) is one of the high-fidelity approaches, where the motions of and collisions among the sediment grains as well as their interactions with surrounding fluids are resolved. In most DEM solvers the particles are modeled as soft spheres due to computational efficiency and implementation complexity considerations, although natural sediments are usually mixture of non-spherical particles. Previous attempts to extend sphere-based DEM to treat irregular particles neglected fluid-induced torques on particles, and the method lacked flexibility to handle sediments with an arbitrary mixture of particle shapes. In this contribution we proposed a simple, efficient approach to represent common sediment grain shapes with bonded spheres, where the fluid forces are computed and applied on ea...

  15. Two-phase CFD modeling of flow causing the heater vibration

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    Vibrations of heater rods were observed in a heated annulus with water flow under boiling conditions. In order to find out the cause of such vibrations, CFD model of this annulus has been prepared in CFD code STAR-CCM+. Two-phase flow in the annulus was described using a two-fluid model with number of sub-models to describe the mass, momentum and energy transfer between phases. The model was validated using experimental data from reference. The validated model was used to perform a steady state calculation of flow parameters under different conditions. Results of CFD simulations were compared to experimentally detected vibration offset. It was found out that vibration increase caused by heating the channel is connected with the vibration offset. The results and their extension to nuclear safety were discussed. (author)

  16. A synergistic use of CFD, experiments and effective convectivity model to reduce uncertainty in BWR severe accident analysis

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    In a previous work we presented an analysis approach developed to effectively and accurately assess thermal loads on vessel and structures in a Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) lower head during a severe accident. Central to the assessment is the Effective Convectivity Model (ECM) that makes use of experimental heat transfer correlations to capture the effect of turbulent natural convection in a volumetrically heated liquid pool, while retaining the pool three-dimensional energy splitting and ability to represent local heat transfer effects. Thanking to its features, the ECM is unique in enabling calculations of complex heat transfer phenomena during long severe accident transients that would not be otherwise feasible using higher-fidelity methods such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Efficiency notwithstanding, the natural questions are: (i) how good are those ECM-calculated results, and, (ii) if required, what can be done (with the highest return-on-investment) to improve the quality of ECM prediction results. The approach refers to experiments and CFD simulations as the main resources to address (i) and (ii). However, validation of ECM against simulant-fluid experiments by itself does not reveal deficiencies (due to non-prototypicality factors). In the present work we focus on the use of CFD-based numerical 'experiments' to identify and quantify source of epistemic uncertainty in the calculated thermal loads due to modeling assumptions in ECM. Specifically, heat transfer correlations that underlie the ECM are obtained as surface-averaged (even though implemented as spatially distributed) and derived from experiments conducted at different geometries and using fluids that are not reactor prototypical (molten corium in the present case of severe accident). The CFD simulations exhibit so-called fluid Prandtl number effect on local peaking of the pool's downward heat flux for corium as working fluid. The main premise is a synergistic use of a fast-running model

  17. Application of a new drag coefficient model at CFD-simulations on free surface flows relevant for the nuclear reactor safety analysis

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    Highlights: ► New drag law in AIAD model was implemented in a CFD code to simulate the flows in nuclear reactor. ► The problems include the CCFL, hydraulic jump and pressurized thermal shock (PTS). ► The model is able to distinguish the local flow morphologies in frame of the Euler–Euler. ► CFD calculations agree well with the experimental data. - Abstract: This paper presents different CFD-simulations on flows which are relevant for nuclear reactor safety using a new modeling approach for the interfacial drag at free surfaces. The developed drag coefficient model was implemented together with the Algebraic Interfacial Area Density (AIAD) model () into the three-dimensional (3-D) computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code ANSYS-CFX. The applications considered include the prediction of counter-current flow limitations (CCFL) in a PWR hot leg, the development of hydraulic jump during the air–water co-current flow in a horizontal channel, and pressurized thermal shock (PTS) phenomena in a PWR cold leg and downcomer. For the modeling of these tasks, an Euler–Euler approach was used. This approach allows the use of different models depending on the local morphology. In the frame of an Euler–Euler simulation, the local morphology of the phases has to be considered in the drag model. To demonstrate the feasibility of the present approach, the computed main parameters of each case were compared with experimental data. It is shown that the CFD calculations agree well with the experimental data. This indicates that the AIAD model combined with new drag force modeling is a promising way to simulate the phenomena in frame of the Euler–Euler approach. Moreover the further validation of the model by including mass transfer effects should be carried out.

  18. Combining a 2-D multiphase CFD model with a Response Surface Methodology to optimize the gasification of Portuguese biomasses

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    Highlights: • A multiphase CFD model was combined with RSM. • Gasification optimal operating conditions were found in a pilot scale reactor. • Syngas quality indices were optimized in a biomass gasification process. • Propagation of error methodology was combined with a CFD model and RSM. - Abstract: This paper presents a study to evaluate the potential of Portuguese biomasses (coffee husks, forest residues and vine pruning residues) to produce syngas for different applications. By using a 2-D Eulerian–Eulerian approach within the CFD framework, a design of several computer experiments was developed and were used as analysis tools the response surface method (RSM) and the propagation of error (POE) approach. The CFD model was validated under experimental results collected at a semi-industrial reactor. For design purposes, temperature, steam to biomass ratio (SBR) and the type of biomass were selected as input factors. The responses were the H2 generation, the H2/CO ratio, the CH4/H2 ratio, the carbon conversion and the cold gas efficiency. It was concluded that after an optimization procedure to determine the operating conditions, vine pruning residues could show very promising results considering some of the typical syngas indice standards for commercial purposes. From the optimization procedure, it was also concluded that forest residues are preferable for domestic natural gas applications and vine pruning residues for fuel cells and integrated gasification systems application. By using the RSM combined with POE, it was verified that the operating conditions to get higher performances do not always coincide with those necessary to obtain a stable syngas composition

  19. CFD analysis of a cask for spent fuel dry storage: Model fundamentals and sensitivity studies

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    Highlights: • A dry storage cask has been evaluated by a CFD code, FLUENT 14. • An alternative methodology for thermal-fluid dynamic modeling has been performed. • Fuel maximum temperature obtained is around 50 K below the regulation limit (673 K). • Even in the most unfavorable heat load distribution temperature increase is smaller than 4%. - Abstract: Dry storage technology must ensure spent fuel cooling under any conditions. This turns thermo-fluid dynamics within dry storage casks a key aspect to investigate, as it would heavily affect fuel rod temperatures. This paper introduces a Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) model and analyses of a HI-STORM 100S cask with FLUENT 14.0. Fuel assemblies have been modeled as a porous medium characterized by a thermal conductivity and pressure drop that have been derived from specific approximations, algorithms and methods. This approach has been verified by comparing its results to those published by Holtec International for the HI-STORM cask. The application of the 3D model to HI-STORM 100S cask type under normal conditions, confirms that fuel maximum temperatures more than about 50 K below the regulation limit (673 K) should be expected. In addition, the effect on these results of aspects such as cask design (inlet/outlet orientation), heat load (regionalization) and local climate (external temperature), have been explored. The results indicate that the most relevant factor is heat load distribution and that, even in the most unfavorable regionalization feasible, temperature increase is smaller than 4%. Nonetheless, it should be highlighted that thermal margin to regulatory setting might be reduced down to around 40%

  20. CFD-model of the mass transfer in the vertical settler

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    E. K. Nagornaya

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. Nowadays the mathematical models of the secondary settlers are intensively developed. As a rule the engineers use the 0-D models or 1-D models to design settlers. But these models do not take into account the hydrodynamics process inside the settler and its geometrical form. That is why the CFD-models based on Navier - Stokes equations are not widely used in practice now. The use of CFD-models based on Navier - Stokes equations needs to incorporate very refine grid. It is very actually now to develop the CFD-models which permit to take into account the geometrical form of the settler, the most important physical processes and needs small computer time for calculation. That is why the development of the 2-D numerical model for the investigation of the waste waters transfer in the vertical settlers which permits to take into account the geometrical form and the constructive features of the settler is essential. Methodology. The finite - difference schemes are applied. Findings. The new 2-D-CFD-model was developed, which permits to perform the CFD investigation of the vertical settler. This model takes into account the geometrical form of the settler, the central pipe inside it and others peculiarities. The method of «porosity technique» is used to create the geometrical form of the settler in the numerical model. This technique permits to build any geometrical form of the settler for CFD investigation. Originality. Making of CFD-model which permits on the one hand to take into account the geometrical form of the settler, basic physical processes of mass transfer in construction and on the other hand requiring the low time cost in order to obtain results. Practical value. CFD-model is designed and code which is constructed on its basis allows at low cost of computer time and about the same as in the calculation of the 1-D model to solve complex multiparameter problems that arise during the design of vertical settlers with their shape and

  1. CFD aided analysis of a scaled down model of the Brazilian Multipurpose Reactor (RMB) pool

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    Research reactors are commonly built inside deep pools that provide radiological and thermal protection and easy access to its core. Reactors with thermal power in the order of MW usually use an auxiliary thermal-hydraulic circuit at the top of its pool to create a purified hot water layer (HWL). Thermal-hydraulic analysis of the flow configuration in the pool and HWL is paramount to insure radiological protection. A useful tool for these analyses is the application of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics). To obtain satisfactory results using CFD it is necessary the verification and validation of the CFD numerical model. Verification is divided in code and solution verifications. In the first one establishes the correctness of the CFD code implementation and in the former estimates the numerical accuracy of a particular calculation. Validation is performed through comparison of numerical and experimental results. This paper presents a dimensional analysis of the RMB (Brazilian Multipurpose Reactor) pool to determine a scaled down experimental installation able to aid in the HWL numerical investigation. Two CFD models were created one with the same dimensions and boundary conditions of the reactor prototype and the other with 1/10 proportion size and boundary conditions set to achieve the same inertial and buoyant forces proportions represented by Froude Number between the two models. Results comparing the HWL thickness show consistence between the prototype and the scaled down model behavior. (author)

  2. CFD aided analysis of a scaled down model of the Brazilian Multipurpose Reactor (RMB) pool

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    Schweizer, Fernando L.A.; Lima, Claubia P.B.; Costa, Antonella L.; Veloso, Maria A.F., E-mail: ando.schweizer@gmail.com, E-mail: claubia@nuclear.ufmg.br, E-mail: antonella@nuclear.ufmg.br, E-mail: mdora@nuclear.ufmg.br [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (DEN/UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Departamento de Engenharia Nuclear; Santos, Andre A.C.; Costa, Antonio C.L., E-mail: aacs@cdtn.br, E-mail: aclc@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN/-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    Research reactors are commonly built inside deep pools that provide radiological and thermal protection and easy access to its core. Reactors with thermal power in the order of MW usually use an auxiliary thermal-hydraulic circuit at the top of its pool to create a purified hot water layer (HWL). Thermal-hydraulic analysis of the flow configuration in the pool and HWL is paramount to insure radiological protection. A useful tool for these analyses is the application of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics). To obtain satisfactory results using CFD it is necessary the verification and validation of the CFD numerical model. Verification is divided in code and solution verifications. In the first one establishes the correctness of the CFD code implementation and in the former estimates the numerical accuracy of a particular calculation. Validation is performed through comparison of numerical and experimental results. This paper presents a dimensional analysis of the RMB (Brazilian Multipurpose Reactor) pool to determine a scaled down experimental installation able to aid in the HWL numerical investigation. Two CFD models were created one with the same dimensions and boundary conditions of the reactor prototype and the other with 1/10 proportion size and boundary conditions set to achieve the same inertial and buoyant forces proportions represented by Froude Number between the two models. Results comparing the HWL thickness show consistence between the prototype and the scaled down model behavior. (author)

  3. Source strength and dispersion of CO2 releases from high-pressure pipelines: CFD model using real gas equation of state

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    Highlights: • Validated CFD models for decompression and dispersion of CO2 releases from pipelines. • Incorporation of real gas EOS into CFD code for source strength estimation. • Demonstration of better performance of SST k–ω turbulence model for jet flow. • Demonstration of better performance of real gas EOS compared to ideal gas EOS. • Demonstration of superiority of CFD models over a commercial risk assessment package. - Abstract: Transportation of CO2 in high-pressure pipelines forms a crucial link in the ever-increasing application of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies. An unplanned release of CO2 from a pipeline presents a risk to human and animal populations and the environment. Therefore it is very important to develop a deeper understanding of the atmospheric dispersion of CO2 before the deployment of CO2 pipelines, to allow the appropriate safety precautions to be taken. This paper presents a two-stage Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) study developed (1) to estimate the source strength, and (2) to simulate the subsequent dispersion of CO2 in the atmosphere, using the source strength estimated in stage (1). The Peng–Robinson (PR) EOS was incorporated into the CFD code. This enabled accurate modelling of the CO2 jet to achieve more precise source strength estimates. The two-stage simulation approach also resulted in a reduction in the overall computing time. The CFD models were validated against experimental results from the British Petroleum (BP) CO2 dispersion trials, and also against results produced by the risk management package Phast. Compared with the measurements, the CFD simulation results showed good agreement in both source strength and dispersion profile predictions. Furthermore, the effect of release direction on the dispersion was studied. The presented research provides a viable method for the assessment of risks associated with CCS

  4. CFD MODELING OF FINE SCALE FLOW AND TRANSPORT IN THE HOUSTON METROPOLITAN AREA, TEXAS

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    Fine scale modeling of flows and air quality in Houston, Texas is being performed; the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling is being applied to investigate the influence of morphologic structures on the within-grid transport and dispersion of sources in grid models ...

  5. CFD modelling of DC casting of aluminium alloys

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    Casting and solidification of metals is a process in which transport phenomena as heat flow, mass flow and fluid flow are highly coupled. The major drive for casting modelling is to improve the insight how process parameters affect casting performance and a major part of current solidification modelling applications is used for the prevention of casting defects. Solidification modelling activities are dope at nearly all the size scales for the physical processes involved: nucleation, dendrite tip growth, liquid metal flow through a mushy semi-solid dendritic network, etc.. In this paper we will concentrate on the coupled fluid flow effects during DC casting. Compositional differences over the whole cross-section of an ingot, defined as macrosegregation, can have a significant impact on the properties of the finished product, in particular for strong alloy applications. There are several hypotheses possible to explain macrosegregation, although they all have in common the attributed effect of fluid flow. A reliable calculation of macrosegregation during the casting of alloys depends on the accurate modelling of the associated physical mechanisms. Besides that the particular microsegregation model (Scheil, lever-rule) is of importance, the relative movement of the liquid and solid phase inside the mushy zone controls the amount of macrosegregation. In solving the solute concentration equation, the accuracy of the velocity field is thus of great concern. From the literature on computational fluid dynamics, we also know that in high Peclet number flows, the incorrect treatment of the convection terms causes numerical diffusion, which can completely overshadow the actual physical diffusion. Throughout the history of CFD, a great number of differencing schemes for the convection term have been proposed in order to reduce the numerical diffusion. In the current research several of these schemes are examined on their ability to correctly predict macrosegregation in the DC

  6. Simulation of Solid Suspension in a Stirred Tank Using CFD-DEM Coupled Approach

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    邵婷; 胡银玉; 王文坦; 金涌; 程易

    2013-01-01

    Computational fluid dynamics-discrete element method (CFD-DEM) coupled approach was employed to simulate the solid suspension behavior in a Rushton stirred tank with consideration of transitional and rotational motions of millions of particles with complex interactions with liquid and the rotating impeller. The simulations were satisfactorily validated with experimental data in literature in terms of measured particle velocities in the tank. Influences of operating conditions and physical properties of particles (i.e., particle diameter and density) on the two-phase flow field in the stirred tank involving particle distribution, particle velocity and vortex were studied. The wide distribution of particle angular velocity ranging from 0 to 105 r·min-1 is revealed. The Magnus force is comparable to the drag force during the particle movement in the tank. The strong particle rotation will generate extra shear force on the particles so that the particle morphology may be affected, especially in the bio-/polymer-product related processes. It can be concluded that the CFD-DEM coupled approach provides a theoretical way to under-stand the physics of particle movement in micro-to macro-scales in the solid suspension of a stirred tank.

  7. Towards a CFD-based mechanistic deposit formation model for straw-fired boilers

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    Kær, Søren Knudsen; Rosendahl, Lasse Aistrup; Baxter, L.L.

    2006-01-01

    in the reminder of the paper. The growth of deposits on furnace walls and super heater tubes is treated including the impact on heat transfer rates determined by the CFD code. Based on the commercial CFD code FLUENTe, the overall model is fully implemented through the User Defined Functions. The...... model is configured entirely through a graphical user interface integrated in the standard FLUENTe interface. The model considers fine and coarse mode ash deposition and sticking mechanisms for the complete deposit growth, as well as an influence on the local boundary conditions for heat transfer due to...

  8. A Transient 3D-CFD Model Incorporating Biological Processes for Use in Tissue Engineering

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    Krühne, Ulrich; Wendt, D.; Martin, I.;

    2010-01-01

    In this article a mathematical model is presented in which the fluid dynamic interaction between the liquid flow in a scaffold and growing cells is simulated. The model is based on a computational fluid dynamic (CFD) model for the representation of the fluid dynamic conditions in the scaffold. It...... after 2, 8 and 13 days. The development of the cells is compared to the simulated growth of cells and it is attempted to draw a conclusion about the impact of the shear stress on the cell growth. Keyword: Computational fluid dynamics (CFD),Micro pores,Scaffold,Bioreactor,Fluid structure interaction...

  9. Validation of Neptune CFD two phase flow models using the OECD/NRC BFBT benchmark database

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    In this work the flow within a fuel assembly of a boiling water reactor was modeled using NEPTUNE-CFD. The most important parameters to define the flow like the incipient boiling condition, the heat flux partitioning and the heat transfer models are identified and tested against experimental data from BFBT bundle test. Different heat transfer models are applied for the water/steam interface. Additionally the heat conduction is solved for the insulator and cladding of the heater rods by coupling NEPTUNE-CFD with the SYRTHES package. The calculated average void fractions are in good agreement with the experimental data and the areas for future improvements are identified. (author)

  10. CFD Wake Modelling with a BEM Wind Turbine Sub-Model

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    Anders Hallanger

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Modelling of wind farms using computational fluid dynamics (CFD resolving the flow field around each wind turbine's blades on a moving computational grid is still too costly and time consuming in terms of computational capacity and effort. One strategy is to use sub-models for the wind turbines, and sub-grid models for turbulence production and dissipation to model the turbulent viscosity accurately enough to handle interaction of wakes in wind farms. A wind turbine sub-model, based on the Blade Momentum Theory, see Hansen (2008, has been implemented in an in-house CFD code, see Hallanger et al. (2002. The tangential and normal reaction forces from the wind turbine blades are distributed on the control volumes (CVs at the wind turbine rotor location as sources in the conservation equations of momentum. The classical k-epsilon turbulence model of Launder and Spalding (1972 is implemented with sub-grid turbulence (SGT model, see Sha and Launder (1979 and Sand and Salvesen (1994. Steady state CFD simulations were compared with flow and turbulence measurements in the wake of a model scale wind turbine, see Krogstad and Eriksen (2011. The simulated results compared best with experiments when stalling (boundary layer separation on the wind turbine blades did not occur. The SGT model did improve turbulence level in the wake but seems to smear the wake flow structure. It should be noted that the simulations are carried out steady state not including flow oscillations caused by vortex shedding from tower and blades as they were in the experiments. Further improvement of the simulated velocity defect and turbulence level seems to rely on better parameter estimation to the SGT model, improvements to the SGT model, and possibly transient- instead of steady state simulations.

  11. CFD thermal modelling of Lynx overhead conductors in distribution networks with integrated Renewable Energy Driven Generators

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    Results presented on application of a CFD technique for determination of the thermal state of a Lynx overhead conductor, used in power distribution networks. The thermal state of the Lynx conductor is mainly defined by the magnitude of the transmitted electrical current, ambient temperature, wind velocity and its direction and also by solar radiation. CFD modelling provides engineers with a capability to fully reflect in the process of numerical simulations variations of the above parameters over a range which is typical for real exploitation conditions. Results for both the steady-state and transient responses have been obtained and compared to those predicted by industrial standards and available from experimental data. Time constant values were obtained for various scenarios in which there was an instantaneous change in the magnitude of the electrical current or wind velocity. Analysis of numerical results demonstrate that the CFD technique provides an adequate level of accuracy in predicting the thermal state of the overhead conductor and could be a viable option for the dynamic analysis of distribution networks with a number of renewable energy generators, operating under varying electrical load and weather conditions. -- Highlights: • The thermal state of the Lynx overhead conductor was studied using CFD modelling. • Steady and transient thermal states were studied for a range of operating conditions. • CFD results were compared to that from industrial standards and experiments. • Time constant values were obtained for changes in the current and wind velocity

  12. A hybrid DEM/CFD approach for solid-liquid flows

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    QIU Liu-chao; WU Chuan-yu

    2014-01-01

    A hybrid scheme coupling the discrete element method (DEM) with the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is developed to model solid-liquid flows. Instead of solving the pressure Poisson equation, we use the compressible volume-averaged continuity and momentum equations with an isothermal stiff equation of state for the liquid phase in our CFD scheme. The motion of the solid phase is obtained by using the DEM, in which the particle-particle and particle-wall interactions are modelled by using the theoretical contact mechanics. The two phases are coupled through the Newton’s third law of motion. To verify the proposed method, the sedi-mentation of a single spherical particle is simulated in water, and the results are compared with experimental results reported in the literature. In addition, the drafting, kissing, and tumbling (DKT) phenomenon between two particles in a liquid is modelled and rea-sonable results are obtained. Finally, the numerical simulation of the density-driven segregation of a binary particulate suspension in-volving 10 000 particles in a closed container is conducted to show that the presented method is potentially powerful to simulate real particulate flows with large number of moving particles.

  13. CFD model of multiphase flow in the abrasive water jet tool

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    Říha, Zdeněk

    2015-01-01

    The possibility of using CFD fluid flow modeling in area of tools with abrasive water jet is described in the paper. The correct function of such tool is based on proper setting of multiphase flow of water, air and solid particles in the inner space of the tool. The multiphase fluid flow numerical simulation can provide information which show relation between the geometry and the flow field. Then, this stable CFD model of multiphase flow creates key to design of the tool able to work wi...

  14. Towards a generic, reliable CFD modelling methodology for waste-fired grate boilers

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    Rajh, Boštjan; Yin, Chungen; Samec, Niko;

    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is increasingly used in industry for detailed understanding of the combustion process and for appropriate design and optimization of Waste–to–Energy (WtE) plants. In this paper, CFD modelling of waste wood combustion in a 13 MW grate-fired boiler in a WtE plant is...... presented. To reduce the risk of slagging, optimize the temperature control and enhance turbulent mixing, part of the flue gas is recycled into the grate boiler. In the simulation, a 1D in–house bed model is developed to simulate the conversion of the waste wood in the fuel bed on the grate, which provides...

  15. A population balance approach considering heat and mass transfer-Experiments and CFD simulations

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    Highlights: → The MUSIG approach was extended by mass transfer between the size groups to describe condensation or re-evaporation. → Experiments on steam bubble condensation in vertical co-current steam/water flows have been carried out. The cross sectional gas fraction distribution, the bubble size distribution ad the gas velocity profiles were measured. → The following phenomena could be reproduced with good agreement to the experiments: (a) Dependence of the condensation rate on the initial bubble size distribution and (b) re-evaporation over the height in tests with low inlet temperature subcooling. - Abstract: Bubble condensation in sub-cooled water is a complex process, to which various phenomena contribute. Since the condensation rate depends on the interfacial area density, bubble size distribution changes caused by breakup and coalescence play a crucial role. Experiments on steam bubble condensation in vertical co-current steam/water flows have been carried out in an 8 m long vertical DN200 pipe. Steam is injected into the pipe and the development of the bubbly flow is measured at different distances to the injection using a pair of wire mesh sensors. By varying the steam nozzle diameter the initial bubble size can be influenced. Larger bubbles come along with a lower interfacial area density and therefore condensate slower. Steam pressures between 1 and 6.5 MPa and sub-cooling temperatures from 2 to 12 K were applied. Due to the pressure drop along the pipe, the saturation temperature falls towards the upper pipe end. This affects the sub-cooling temperature and can even cause re-evaporation in the upper part of the test section. The experimental configurations are simulated with the CFD code CFX using an extended MUSIG approach, which includes the bubble shrinking or growth due to condensation or re-evaporation. The development of the vapour phase along the pipe with respect to vapour void fractions and bubble sizes is qualitatively well reproduced

  16. Turbulence modeling needs of commercial CFD codes: Complex flows in the aerospace and automotive industries

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    Befrui, Bizhan A.

    1995-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation discusses the following: STAR-CD computational features; STAR-CD turbulence models; common features of industrial complex flows; industry-specific CFD development requirements; applications and experiences of industrial complex flows, including flow in rotating disc cavities, diffusion hole film cooling, internal blade cooling, and external car aerodynamics; and conclusions on turbulence modeling needs.

  17. An integral CFD approach for the thermal simulation of the PBMR Reactor Unit

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    Janse van Rensburg, J.J., E-mail: cobusjvr1@gmail.com [North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus (South Africa); Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa, Craighall (South Africa); Kleingeld, M. [North-West University (South Africa)

    2011-08-15

    Highlights: > Establishment of a modeling capability to simulate the integral thermal operation of an HTR. > The focus was on the capability rather than improving the assumptions and correlations. > All assumptions and correlations applied were taken from previous credible research. > It was shown that it is possible to establish such a capability using current information. > With this capability, it is now possible to test updated correlations and determine the integral effect. - Abstract: A CFD method was developed to conduct integral thermal reactor analysis for the complete Reactor Unit of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (Pty) Ltd (PBMR). The requirement was however also to include very detailed aspects such as leakage and bypass flow paths through the reflector blocks and sleeves. The aim was therefore to investigate the influence of leakage and bypass flow on the thermal performance of the Reactor Unit in an integral fashion. The focus of this paper is to discuss the methodology that was developed. The discussion will firstly highlight all the required inputs, elaborate briefly on the underlying theory and how this was implemented into the CFD modeling capability. Results will be discussed briefly, but the focus is on the methodology.

  18. Dispersion of radionuclides and radiological dose computation over a meso-scale domain using weather forecast and CFD model

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    from the global weather forecast model and generates weather forecast over a regional scale at finer resolution as compared to global weather forecast model. Subsequently, the weather forecast generated by the MM5 is passed on to the CFD based model PANEPR to generate very high resolution 3-dimensional flow field over an equal or smaller region by considering local topography, buildings etc. The flow field thus generated is used for the estimation of pollutant dispersion. Local observations of wind and temperature profiles as measured by SODAR/RASS equipments are also considered while processing the wind field. Since the interface between CFD based model PANEPR and NWP model MM5 was developed as a part of emergency preparedness for Indian Nuclear Power Plants, a radiological dose assessment module is also attached with the PANEPR model for the radiological forecast in case of any accidental release from the Nuclear Power Plant. The paper will describe the methodology used in our approach along with the results obtained in a case study. (authors)

  19. Coupling of FVCOM and CFD Model for Simulation of Multiscale Coastal Flows

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    Tang, H.; Qu, K.

    2013-12-01

    In correspondence with the need to simulate many emerging problems, especially those in nearshore regions such as deepwater oil spill, it is necessary to develop capabilities to predict small-scale, fully 3D phenomena in coastal ocean flows. A feasible as well as effective approach for the development is a hybrid method that couples different models designed for physics at different scales. We have developed a two-way coupling between a fully 3D CFD model and the FVCOM, in which the former captures small-scale 3D flows and the latter predicts large-scale background currents. In this presentation, a few new applications of such approach will be illustrated. The following figures show a result on tidal flow in a bay and past bridge peers. Tests and analysis are made on solution accuracy and computation efficiency, and discussions are presented on how to achieve seamless solution transition at the model interfaces. Computed large-scale background flow Simulated flow past a brigde

  20. CFD modeling of the turbulent precipitation of plutonium oxalate in a vortex reactor

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    Full text of publication follows:The nuclear fuel reprocessing, as it is done in La Hague COGEMA's plant, involves a precipitation in an un-baffled stirred tank to turn plutonium nitrate into plutonium oxalate prior to a calcination for using it in MOX fuel (Mixed Oxides). In every crystallization and precipitation (reactive crystallization), the key variable is sur-saturation, resulting from either a chemical reaction between two liquids, a liquid and a solid, a gas and a solid, or a decrease in the product solubility induced by temperature gradient or mixing of a solvent and an anti-solvent. According to the local sur-saturation degree, different mechanisms may occur leading to the solid dispersed phase: nucleation, growth and eventually aggregation, breakage and ripening. The challenge in that kind of modeling lies in the non linear behavior of the physical and chemical phenomenons, and in the different time and length scales involved which can not be solved without resorting to computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The modeling philosophy used here is divided in two parts: (1) a lower mesh statistical mixing model (FM-PDF) and a liquid energy spectrum model coupled to the RANS equations, for taking into account the continuous liquid phase mixing at various levels: reactor scale, turbulent dispersion and molecular diffusion; (2) a population balance model for the solid dispersed phase to link flow pattern to the morphology and chemical properties of particles. Many approaches have been developed so far to solve PBE but the recent breakthrough that allowed implementation of that equation in CFD codes is QMOM: quadrature method of moments, that represents the particle size distribution (PSD) in a finite number of delta functions, corresponding to abscissas and weights of the quadrature, which are used to calculate the mean particle size or whatever moment of the PSD. Part (1) has been successfully validated experimentally by means of an acid-base neutralization

  1. CFD modeling and experience of waste-to-energy plant burning waste wood

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    Rajh, B.; Yin, Chungen; Samec, N.; M. HRIBERSEK; Kokalj, F.

    2013-01-01

    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is being increasingly used in industry for in-depth understanding of the fundamental mixing, combustion, heat transfer and pollutant formation in combustion processes and for design and optimization of Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plants. In this paper, CFD modeling of waste wood combustion in a 13 MW grate-fired boiler in a WtE plant is presented. As a validation effort, the temperature profiles at a number of ports in the furnace are measured and the experimental...

  2. CFD activities in support of thermal-hydraulic modeling of SFR fuel bundles

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    Extensive testing and validation work is being performed to assess and validate Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) applicability to the simulation of SFR fuel assemblies. The demonstrated robustness of the method allows extending the CFD analysis to distorted fuel configurations, which will inevitably occur during extended fuel operation. The subchannel code COBRA-IV-I-MIT is adopted to evaluate the range of applicability of lumped parameter methods. Comparisons of mixing simulations show some intrinsic limitation in the subchannel methods, but allow confirming its overall applicability to nominal and mildly deformed assembly configurations. For significantly deformed geometries CFD is the recommend approach and is applied in this work. Deformed geometries considered include duct swelling, rod swelling, rod bowing, rod twisting, and various combinations of the simple deformations. While not derived from the realistic analysis of the in-core fuel behavior, the distorted geometries have been designed to embrace all conceptual worst case scenarios. The work focuses on the evaluation of the influence of the deformation on the fuel behavior, rather than on the actual fuel performance. Such approach is driven by the objective of deriving general understanding, and evaluating the applicability of subchannel analysis codes to long life fuel design, possibly in combination with distorted-channel factors derived from the CFD analyses. (author)

  3. A CFD based approach for thermal hydraulic design of main vessel cooling system of pool type fast reactors

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    Highlights: ► We study thermal hydraulic design of main vessel cooling system of fast reactors. ► A CFD based approach is proposed for determination of coolant flow rate. ► Effect of cooling system ovality on temperature asymmetry is quantified. ► Suitable flow distribution device is identified to achieve acceptable flow field. ► To compare efficacy of various devices, a flow mal-distribution index is defined. - Abstract: A computational fluid dynamics (CFDs) based approach is proposed for the thermal hydraulic design of the main vessel cooling system for pool type sodium cooled reactors. Usage of the proposed method is demonstrated by applying it to a future Indian commercial fast breeder reactor. Towards quantifying the amount of sodium flow rate for the main vessel cooling system, two-dimensional CFD investigations have been performed. The conjugate conduction–convection models adopted for this purpose are validated against sodium experiments available in literature. The required flow fraction has been determined to be 2.6% of core flow, which is 175.6 kg/s at full power conditions. The heat loss from the hot pool to the cold pool through the main vessel cooling system is estimated to be 10.6 MW at full power and 3.7 MW at 20% power conditions. By detailed three-dimensional CFD studies, the effect of ovality in the main vessel cooling annuli due to manufacturing tolerances has been assessed and the associated circumferential temperature difference in the main vessel is determined to be 14 °C, which is less than the permissible upper limit of 30 °C. The uniformity of sodium flow in the cooling annulus has been investigated by a three-dimensional hydraulic analysis with a view to identify a suitable passive device that can render a uniform velocity distribution. To compare the effectiveness of various devices, a flow mal-distribution index is defined. Detailed parametric studies have been carried out to identify an appropriate porous jet breaker

  4. Integrated DEM–CFD modeling of the contact charging of pneumatically conveyed powders

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    Korevaar, M.W.; Padding, J.T.; Hoef, van der M.A.; Kuipers, J.A.M.

    2014-01-01

    A model is proposed that incorporates contact charging (also known as triboelectric charging) of pneumatically conveyed powders in a DEM–CFD framework, which accounts for the electrostatic interactions, both between particles and between the particles and conducting walls. The simulation results rev

  5. Aspects of Using CFD for Wind Comfort Modeling Around Tall Buildings

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    Rasmussen, Michael R.; Andersen, Lars

    2008-01-01

    The Light*House complex is investigated for uncomfortable wind climate and dangerous winds at pedestrian level. A CFD model is used for simulating the wind effect for 12 different directions and correlated to the wind statistics of a nearby meteorological station. Comparing to practical standards...

  6. Comparison of CFD Simulation of a Hyundai I20 Model with Four Different Turbulence Models

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    Vivekanandan

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available This article describes the CFD analysis of a Hyundai i20 car Model. The focus of this study is to investigate the aerodynamics characteristics of Hyundai i20 car model and the flow obtained by solving the steady-state governing continuity equations as well as the momentum conservation equations combined with one of four turbulence models (1.Spalart-Allmaras 2.k-ε Standard 3.Transition k-kl-ω 4.Transition Shear Stress Transport (SST and the solutions obtained using these different models were compared. Except transition k-kl-ω model, other three models show nearly similar velocity variations plot. Pressure variation plot are almost similar with K-ε and transition-SST models. Eddy viscosity plot are almost similar with K-ε and transition k-kl-ω models

  7. Numerical modeling of immiscible two-phase flow in micro-models using a commercial CFD code

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    Crandall, Dustin; Ahmadia, Goodarz; Smith, Duane H.

    2009-01-01

    Off-the-shelf CFD software is being used to analyze everything from flow over airplanes to lab-on-a-chip designs. So, how accurately can two-phase immiscible flow be modeled flowing through some small-scale models of porous media? We evaluate the capability of the CFD code FLUENT{trademark} to model immiscible flow in micro-scale, bench-top stereolithography models. By comparing the flow results to experimental models we show that accurate 3D modeling is possible.

  8. Development of a three-dimensional CFD model for rotary lime kilns

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    Lixin Tao; Blom, Roger (FS Dynamics Sweden AB, Goeteborg (Sweden)); Nordgren, Daniel (Innventia, Stockholm (Sweden))

    2010-11-15

    In the calcium loop of the recovery cycle in a Kraft process of pulp and paper production, rotary lime kilns are used to convert the lime mud, mainly CaCO3, back to quick lime, CaO, for re-use in the causticizing process. The lime kilns are one of the major energy consumption devices for paper and pulp industry. Because of the rising oil price and new emission limits, the pulp mills have been forced to look for alternative fuels for their lime kilns. One interesting alternative to oil, often easily available at pulp mills, is biofuels such as sawdust and bark. However the practical kiln operation often encounters some difficulties because of the uncertainties around the biofuel impact on the lime kiln performance. A deeper understanding of the flame characteristics is required when shifting from oil to biofuels. Fortunately recent advances in modern Computational Fluid Dynamics, CFD, have provided the possibility to study and predict the detailed flame characteristics regarding the lime kiln performance. In this project a three-dimensional CFD model for rotary lime kilns has been developed. To simulate a rotary lime kiln the developed CFD model integrates the three essential sub-models, i.e. the freeboard hot flow model, the lime bed model and the rotating refractory wall model and it is developed based on the modern CFD package: FLUENT which is commercially available on the market. The numerical simulations using the developed CFD model have been performed for three selected kiln operations fired with three different fuel mixtures. The predicted results from the CFD modelling are presented and discussed in order to compare the impacts on the kiln performance due to the different firing conditions. During the development, the lime kiln at the Soedra Cell Moensteraas mill has been used as reference kiln. To validate the CFD model, in-plant measurements were carried out in the Moensteraas lime kiln during an experiment campaign. The results obtained from the

  9. Pollutant Emission Validation of a Heavy-Duty Gas Turbine Burner by CFD Modeling

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    Roberto Meloni

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available 3D numerical combustion simulation in a can burner fed with methane was carried out in order to evaluate pollutant emissions and the temperature field. As a case study, the General Electric Frame 6001B system was considered. The numerical investigation has been performed using the CFD code named ACE+ Multiphysics (by Esi-Group. The model was validated against the experimental data provided by Cofely GDF SUEZ and related to a real power plant. To completely investigate the stability of the model, several operating conditions were taken into account, at both nominal and partial load. In particular, the influence on emissions of some important parameters, such as air temperature at compressor intake and steam to fuel mass ratio, have been evaluated. The flamelet model and Zeldovich’s mechanism were employed for combustion modeling and NOx emissions, respectively. With regard to CO estimation, an innovative approach was used to compute the Rizk and Mongia relationship through a user-defined function. Numerical results showed good agreement with experimental data in most of the cases: the best results were obtained in the NOx prediction, while unburned fuel was slightly overestimated.

  10. Optimisation of pulverised coal combustion by means of CFD/CTA modelling

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    Risto V. Filkoski; Ilija J. Petrovski; Piotr Karas [University of Cyriul and Methodius, Skopje (Republic of Macedonia). Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

    2006-07-01

    A method was applied for handling two-phase reacting flow for prediction of pulverised coal combustion in large-scale boiler furnace and to assess the ability of the model to predict existing power plant data. The paper presents the principal steps and results of the numerical modelling of power boiler furnace with tangential disposition of the burners. The computational fluid dynamics/computational thermal analysis (CFD/CTA) approach is utilised for creation of a three-dimensional model of the boiler furnace, including the platen superheater in the upper part of the furnace. Standard k-{epsilon} model is employed for description of the turbulent flow. Coal combustion is modelled by the mixture fraction/probability density function approach for the reaction chemistry, with equilibrium assumption applied for description of the system chemistry. Radiation heat transfer is computed by means of the simplified P-N model, based on the expansion of the radiation intensity into an orthogonal series of spherical harmonics. Some distinctive results regarding the examined boiler performance in capacity range between 65 and 95 % are presented graphically. Comparing the simulation predictions and available site measurements concerning temperature, heat flux and combustion efficiency, the model produces realistic insight into the furnace processes. After the validation and verification of the model it was used to check the combustion efficiency as a function of coal dust sieve characteristics, as well as the impact of burners modification with introduction of OFA ports to the appearance of incomplete combustion, including CO concentration, as well as to the NOx concentration. 22 refs., 18 figs., 5 tabs.

  11. Improvement of core effective thermal conductivity model of GAMMA+ code based on CFD analysis

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    Highlights: • We assessed the core effective thermal conductivity (ETC) model of GAMMA+ code. • The analytical model of GAMMA+ code was compared with the result of CFD analysis. • Effects of material property of composite and geometric configuration were studied. • The GAMMA+ model agreed with the CFD result when the fuel gap is ignored. • The GAMMA+ model was improved by the ETC model of fuel compact including fuel gap. - Abstract: The GAMMA+ code has been developed for the thermo-fluid and safety analyses of a high temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR). In order to calculate the core effective thermal conductivity, this code adopts a heterogeneous model derived from the Maxwell’s theory that accounts for three distinct materials in a fuel block of the reactor core. In this model, the fuel gap is neglected since the gap thickness is quite small. In addition, the configuration of the fuel block is assumed to be homogeneous, and the volume fraction and material properties of each component are taken into account. In the accident condition, the conduction and radiation are major heat transfer mechanism. Therefore, the core effective thermal conductivity model should be validated in order to estimate the heat transfer in the core appropriately. In this regard, the objective of this study is to validate the core effective thermal conductivity model of the GAMMA+ code by a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis using a commercial CFD code, CFX-13. The effects of the temperature condition, material property and geometric modeling on the core effective thermal conductivity were investigated. When the fuel gap is not modeled in the CFD analysis, the result of the GAMMA+ code shows a good agreement with the CFD result. However, when the fuel gap is modeled, the GAMMA+ model overestimates the core effective thermal conductivity considerably for all cases. This is because of the increased thermal resistance by the fuel gap which is not taken into account in

  12. CFD simulation on hydrodynamics in fluidized beds: assessment of gradient approximations and turbulence models

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    Guo, Yuan; Deng, Baoqing; Ge, Daqiang; Shen, Xiuzhong

    2015-08-01

    CFD simulations of gas-solid fluidized beds have been performed in Euler-Euler framework. Green-Gauss Cell Based gradient approximation can predict the solid velocity well among gradient approximations. The dispersed choice in the turbulence model can reproduce the solid velocity correctly while the mixture and per phase choices cannot. The standard k-ɛ model, RNG k-ɛ model and SST k-ω model with the dispersed choice can predict the solid velocity well.

  13. Application Of CFD To Modeling Of Squeeze Mode Magnetorheological Dampers

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    Gołdasz Janusz

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The so-called squeeze flow involves a magnetorheological (MR fluid sandwiched between two planar surfaces setting up a flow channel. The height of the channel varies according to a prescribed displacement or force profile. When exposed to a magnetic field of sufficient strength MR fluids develop a yield stress. In squeeze-mode devices the yield stress varies with both the magnetic field magnitude and the channel height. In this paper an unsteady flow model of an MR fluid in squeeze mode is proposed. The model is developed in Ansys Fluent R16. The MR material flow model is based on the apparent viscosity approach. In order to investigate the material's behaviour the authors prepared a model of an idealized squeeze-mode damper in which the fluid flow is enforced by varying the height of the channel. Using mesh animation, the model plate is excited, and as the mesh moves, the fluid is squeezed out of the gap. In the simulations the model is subjected to a range of displacement inputs of frequencies from 10 to 20 Hz, and local yield stress levels up to 30 kPa. The results are presented in the form of time histories of the normal force on the squeezing plate and loops of force vs. displacement (velocity.

  14. CFD modelling of an open core downdraft moving bed biomass gasifier; Modelado de un gasificador estratificado de lecho movil de biomasa, utilizando CFD

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    Rogel-Ramirez, A [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)]. E-mail: ARogelR@iingen.unam.mx

    2008-10-15

    This paper contains the description of a bidimensional Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), model Developer to simulate the flow and reaction in a stratified downdraft biomass gasifier, whereby Eulerian conservation equations are solved for particle and gas phase components, velocities and specific enthalpies. The model is based on the PHOENICS package and represents a tool which can be used in gasifier analysis and design. Contributions of chemical kinetics and the mixing rate using the EBU approach are considered in the gas phase global homogeneous reactions. The harmonic blending of chemical kinetics and mass transfer effects, determine the global heterogeneous reactions between char and O{sub 2}, CO{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O. The turbulence effect in the gas phase is accounted by the standard {kappa}-{epsilon} approach. The model provides information of the producer gas composition, velocities and temperature at the outlet, and allows different operating parameters and feed properties to be changed. Finally, a comparison with experimental data available in literature was done, which showed satisfactory agreement from a qualitative point of view, though further validation is required. [Spanish] Este estudio describe un modelo numerico bidimensional, basado en Dinamica de Fluidos Computacional (CFD), desarrollado para simular el flujo y las reacciones que ocurren en un gasificador estratificado de flujos paralelos, en el que se resuelven ecuaciones de conservacion Eulerianas para los componentes de la fase gaseosa, la fase solida, velocidades y entalpias especificas. El modelo esta basado en el codigo PHOENICS y representa una herramienta que puede ser utilizada en el analisis y diseno de gasificadores. En las reacciones globales homogeneas se consideran las contribuciones de la cinetica quimica y la rapidez de mezclado, usando el modelo Eddy Brake-UP (EBU). La medida harmonica de la cinetica quimica y la transferencia de masa, determinan las velocidades globales de

  15. CFD modeling of methane distribution at a continuous miner face with various curtain setback distances

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    Zhou Lihong; Pritchard Christopher; Zheng Yi

    2015-01-01

    Knowledge of the airflow patterns and methane distributions at a continuous miner face under different ventilation conditions can minimize the risks of explosion and injury to miners by accurately forecasting potentially hazardous face methane levels. This study focused on validating a series of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models using full-scale ventilation gallery data that assessed how curtain setback distance impacted airflow patterns and methane distributions at an empty mining face (no continuous miner present). Three CFD models of face ventilation with 4.6, 7.6 and 10.7 m (15, 25, and 35 ft) blowing curtain setback distances were constructed and validated with experimental data collected in a full-scale ventilation test facility. Good agreement was obtained between the CFD simulation results and this data. Detailed airflow and methane distribution information are provided. Elevated methane zones at the working faces were identified with the three curtain setback distances. Visualization of the setback dis-tance impact on the face methane distribution was performed by utilizing the post-processing capability of the CFD software.

  16. CFD Modelling of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm on Hemodynamic Loads Using a Realistic Geometry with CT

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    Eduardo Soudah

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study is to find a correlation between the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA geometric parameters, wall stress shear (WSS, abdominal flow patterns, intraluminal thrombus (ILT, and AAA arterial wall rupture using computational fluid dynamics (CFD. Real AAA 3D models were created by three-dimensional (3D reconstruction of in vivo acquired computed tomography (CT images from 5 patients. Based on 3D AAA models, high quality volume meshes were created using an optimal tetrahedral aspect ratio for the whole domain. In order to quantify the WSS and the recirculation inside the AAA, a 3D CFD using finite elements analysis was used. The CFD computation was performed assuming that the arterial wall is rigid and the blood is considered a homogeneous Newtonian fluid with a density of 1050 kg/m3 and a kinematic viscosity of 4×10-3 Pa·s. Parallelization procedures were used in order to increase the performance of the CFD calculations. A relation between AAA geometric parameters (asymmetry index (β, saccular index (γ, deformation diameter ratio (χ, and tortuosity index (ε and hemodynamic loads was observed, and it could be used as a potential predictor of AAA arterial wall rupture and potential ILT formation.

  17. CFD Modelling of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm on Hemodynamic Loads Using a Realistic Geometry with CT

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    Ng, E. Y. K.; Loong, T. H.; Bordone, Maurizio; Pua, Uei; Narayanan, Sriram

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this study is to find a correlation between the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) geometric parameters, wall stress shear (WSS), abdominal flow patterns, intraluminal thrombus (ILT), and AAA arterial wall rupture using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Real AAA 3D models were created by three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of in vivo acquired computed tomography (CT) images from 5 patients. Based on 3D AAA models, high quality volume meshes were created using an optimal tetrahedral aspect ratio for the whole domain. In order to quantify the WSS and the recirculation inside the AAA, a 3D CFD using finite elements analysis was used. The CFD computation was performed assuming that the arterial wall is rigid and the blood is considered a homogeneous Newtonian fluid with a density of 1050 kg/m3 and a kinematic viscosity of 4 × 10−3 Pa·s. Parallelization procedures were used in order to increase the performance of the CFD calculations. A relation between AAA geometric parameters (asymmetry index (β), saccular index (γ), deformation diameter ratio (χ), and tortuosity index (ε)) and hemodynamic loads was observed, and it could be used as a potential predictor of AAA arterial wall rupture and potential ILT formation. PMID:23864906

  18. Pollutant dispersion in a large indoor space: Part 2 -Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) predictions and comparison with ascale model experiment for isothermal flow

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    Finlayson, Elizabeth U.; Gadgil, Ashok J.; Thatcher, Tracy L.; Sextro, Richard G.

    2002-10-01

    This paper reports on an investigation of the adequacy of Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), using a standard Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) model, for predicting dispersion of neutrally buoyant gas in a large indoor space. We used CFD to predict pollutant (dye) concentration profiles in a water filled scale model of an atrium with a continuous pollutant source. Predictions from the RANS formulation are comparable to an ensemble average of independent identical experiments. Model results were compared to pollutant concentration data in a horizontal plane from experiments in a scale model atrium. Predictions were made for steady-state (fully developed) and transient (developing) pollutant concentrations. Agreement between CFD predictions and ensemble averaged experimental measurements is quantified using the ratios of CFD-predicted and experimentally measured dye concentration at a large number of points in the measurement plane. Agreement is considered good if these ratios fall between 0.5 and 2.0 at all points in the plane. The standard k-epsilon two equation turbulence model obtains this level of agreement and predicts pollutant arrival time to the measurement plane within a few seconds. These results suggest that this modeling approach is adequate for predicting isothermal pollutant transport in a large room with simple geometry.

  19. Validation of impinging jet models to be used in CANDU calandria vessel CFD simulations

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    The knowledge of the external wall temperature distributions on calandria tubes is of major concern in nuclear safety analysis. One of the models used by the Canadian industry consists in replacing the calandria by an equivalent porous media with appropriate anisotropic hydraulic resistances. This technique has the advantage to treat a non-connected domain as an equivalent quasi-continuous media; however, it cannot provide information about local velocity variations. Within the framework of the present study, a full-scale modeling of the moderator using a Computational Fluid Dynamic code (FLUENT) is underway. The use of a 2D model have shown that the geometry of calandria nozzles have a strong effect on the flow distribution. Some authors suggest to model the flow at the entrance of the calandria as successive flow circulation through a portion of a straight pipe, a curved pipe, and a circular nozzle placed in front of an impinging plate, and to use the results as input data in full-scale calculations. Obtaining these data requires large computational resources before performing complete flow simulations, while they do necessarily represent neither the real geometry nor the actual flow conditions. Therefore, the present study is aimed to find appropriate water-jet modeling approaches that can help in improving moderator circulation simulations. In particular, the principal interest consists in finding a semi-analytical nozzle model that can be used as a constitutive relationship in a CFD code. This approach will contribute both to increase the number of meshes in the calandria vessel as well as to decrease the computational time. (author)

  20. Modeling flow inside an anaerobic digester by CFD techniques

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    Alexandra Martínez Mendoza, Tatiana Montoya Martínez, Vicente Fajardo Montañana, P. Amparo López Jiménez

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Anaerobic processes are used to treat high strength organic wastewater as well as for the treatment of primary and secondary sludge from conventional wastewater treatment plants. In these processes, heterotrophic microorganisms convert biodegradable organic matter to methane and carbon dioxide in the absence of dissolved oxygen and nitrate. Some of the most important aspects of the design of anaerobic digesters are related to hydraulic considerations. In spite of its important role in performance, hydraulics of flow inside digesters has not been quantified or adequately characterized. In this contribution a three-dimensional steady-state computational fluid dynamics (CFD simulation has been performed for a particular anaerobic digester, in order to visualize the flow patterns. Flow and velocities profiles have been represented inside the digester to identify possible dead zones or stratifications. The geometry of a real digester installed in Valencia Waste Water Treatment Plant (located in Quart-Benager, Valencia, Spain has been used in order to consider the proposed methodology.

  1. CFD MODEL OF THE CNG DIRECT INJECTION ENGINE

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    Zbigniew Czyż

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents CFD analysis of fuel flow in the CNG injector. The issues such a pressure drop along an injector channel, mass flow through the key sections of the injector geometry, flow rates, the impact of the needle shape on the deflection of the sprayed gas cone and the impact of the wall head are analyzed in the article. The simulation was made in the transient states conditions for full injection process, including the opening and closing of the injector. An injection time of 6 ms, velocity of 0.33 mm/ms and a lift of 0.5 mm were selected for opening and closing of injector based on experimental test. The simulation shows that the volume inside the injector is a kind of fuel accumulator, and the opening process of the needle influence the flow parameters in an inlet cross-section after a certain time, depending on a channel cross section. The calculations allowed to select the ratio of an injector duct cross sectional area to the aperture area of the injection capable of the reducing pressure loss. The unusual location of the injector in the socket of a glow plug in the Andoria ADCR engine makes a stream be impaired by a part of the head. This research result would be useful in developing an injector construction which will be used for an investigation of CNG addition into diesel engine.

  2. Modelling die filling with charged particles using DEM/CFD

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    Emmanuel Nkem Nwose; Chunlei Pei; Chuan-Yu Wu

    2012-01-01

    The effects of electrostatic charge on powder flow behaviour during die filling in a vacuum and in air were analysed using a coupled discrete element method and computational fluid dynamics (DEM/CFD) code,in which long range electrostatic interactions were implemented.The present 2D simulations revealed that both electrostatic charge and the presence of air can affect the powder flow behaviour during die filling.It was found that the electrostatic charge inhibited the flow of powders into the die and induced a loose packing structure.At the same filling speed,increasing the electrostatic charge led to a decrease in the fill ratio which quantifies the volumetric occupancy of powder in the die.In addition,increasing the shoe speed caused a further decrease in the fill ratio,which was characterised using the concept of critical filling speed.When the electrostatic charge was low,the air/particle interaction was strong so that a lower critical filling speed was obtained for die filling in air than in a vacuum.With high electrostatic charge,the electrostatic interactions became dominant.Consequently,similar fill ratio and critical filling speed were obtained for die filling in air and in a vacuum.

  3. Coupling scales for modelling heavy metal vaporization from municipal solid waste incineration in a fluid bed by CFD.

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    Soria, José; Gauthier, Daniel; Flamant, Gilles; Rodriguez, Rosa; Mazza, Germán

    2015-09-01

    Municipal Solid Waste Incineration (MSWI) in fluidized bed is a very interesting technology mainly due to high combustion efficiency, great flexibility for treating several types of waste fuels and reduction in pollutants emitted with the flue gas. However, there is a great concern with respect to the fate of heavy metals (HM) contained in MSW and their environmental impact. In this study, a coupled two-scale CFD model was developed for MSWI in a bubbling fluidized bed. It presents an original scheme that combines a single particle model and a global fluidized bed model in order to represent the HM vaporization during MSW combustion. Two of the most representative HM (Cd and Pb) with bed temperatures ranging between 923 and 1073K have been considered. This new approach uses ANSYS FLUENT 14.0 as the modelling platform for the simulations along with a complete set of self-developed user-defined functions (UDFs). The simulation results are compared to the experimental data obtained previously by the research group in a lab-scale fluid bed incinerator. The comparison indicates that the proposed CFD model predicts well the evolution of the HM release for the bed temperatures analyzed. It shows that both bed temperature and bed dynamics have influence on the HM vaporization rate. It can be concluded that CFD is a rigorous tool that provides valuable information about HM vaporization and that the original two-scale simulation scheme adopted allows to better represent the actual particle behavior in a fluid bed incinerator. PMID:26050934

  4. CFD Study of NOx Emissions in a Model Commercial Aircraft Engine Combustor

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    ZHANG Man; FU Zhenbo; LIN Yuzhen; LI Jibao

    2012-01-01

    Air worthiness requirements of the aircraft engine emission bring new challenges to the combustor research and design.With the motivation to design high performance and clean combustor,computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is utilized as the powerful design approach.In this paper,Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations of reactive two-phase flow in an experimental low emission combustor is performed.The numerical approach uses an implicit compressible gas solver together with a Lagrangian liquid-phase tracking method and the extended coherent flamelet model for turbulence-combustion interaction.The NOx formation is modeled by the concept of post-processing,which resolves the NOx transport equation with the assumption of frozen temperature distribution.Both turbulence-combustion interaction model and NOx formation model are firstly evaluated by the comparison of experimental data published in open literature of a lean direct injection (LDI) combustor.The test rig studied in this paper is called low emission stirred swirl (LESS) combustor,which is a two-stage model combustor,fueled with liquid kerosene (RP-3) and designed by Beihang University (BUAA).The main stage of LESS combustor employs the principle of lean prevaporized and premixed (LPP) concept to reduce pollutant,and the pilot stage depends on a diffusion flame for flame stabilization.Detailed numerical results including species distribution,turbulence performance and burning performance are qualitatively and quantitatively evaluated.Numerical prediction of NOx emission shows a good agreement with test data at both idle condition and full power condition of LESS combustor.Preliminary results of the flame structure are shown in this paper.The flame stabilization mechanism and NOx reduction effort are also discussed with in-depth analysis.

  5. A CFD-informed quasi-steady model of flapping wing aerodynamics

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    Nakata, Toshiyuki; Liu, Hao; Bomphrey, Richard J.

    2016-01-01

    Aerodynamic performance and agility during flapping flight are determined by the combination of wing shape and kinematics. The degree of morphological and kinematic optimisation is unknown and depends upon a large parameter space. Aimed at providing an accurate and computationally inexpensive modelling tool for flapping-wing aerodynamics, we propose a novel CFD (computational fluid dynamics)-informed quasi-steady model (CIQSM), which assumes that the aerodynamic forces on a flapping wing can be decomposed into the quasi-steady forces and parameterised based on CFD results. Using least-squares fitting, we determine a set of proportional coefficients for the quasi-steady model relating wing kinematics to instantaneous aerodynamic force and torque; we calculate power with the product of quasi-steady torques and angular velocity. With the quasi-steady model fully and independently parameterised on the basis of high-fidelity CFD modelling, it is capable of predicting flapping-wing aerodynamic forces and power more accurately than the conventional blade element model (BEM) does. The improvement can be attributed to, for instance, taking into account the effects of the induced downwash and the wing tip vortex on the force generation and power consumption. Our model is validated by comparing the aerodynamics of a CFD model and the present quasi-steady model using the example case of a hovering hawkmoth. It demonstrates that the CIQSM outperforms the conventional BEM while remaining computationally cheap, and hence can be an effective tool for revealing the mechanisms of optimization and control of kinematics and morphology in flapping-wing flight for both bio-flyers and unmanned air systems.

  6. Development and validation of the 3-D CFD model for CANDU-6 moderator temperature predictions

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    A computational fluid dynamics model for predicting the moderator circulation inside the CANada Deuterium Uranium (CANDU) reactor vessel has been developed to estimate the local subcooling of the moderator in the vicinity of the Calandria tubes. The buoyancy effect induced by internal heating is accounted for by Boussinesq approximation. The standard κ-ε turbulence model associated with logarithmic wall treatment is applied to predict the turbulent jet flows from the inlet nozzles. The matrix of the Calandria tubes in the core region is simplified to porous media, in which an-isotropic hydraulic impedance is modeled using an empirical correlation of the frictional pressure loss. The governing equations are solved by CFX-4.4, a commercial CFD code developed by AEA technology. The CFD model has been successfully verified and validated against experimental data obtained in the Stern Laboratories Inc. (SLI) in Hamilton, Ontario

  7. CFD modelling and validation of wall condensation in the presence of non-condensable gases

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    Zschaeck, G., E-mail: guillermo.zschaeck@ansys.com [ANSYS Germany GmbH, Staudenfeldweg 12, Otterfing 83624 (Germany); Frank, T. [ANSYS Germany GmbH, Staudenfeldweg 12, Otterfing 83624 (Germany); Burns, A.D. [ANSYS UK Ltd, 97 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 4RY (United Kingdom)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • A wall condensation model was implemented and validated in ANSYS CFX. • Condensation rate is assumed to be controlled by the concentration boundary layer. • Validation was done using two laboratory scale experiments. • CFD calculations show good agreement with experimental data. - Abstract: The aim of this paper is to present and validate a mathematical model implemented in ANSYS CFD for the simulation of wall condensation in the presence of non-condensable substances. The model employs a mass sink at isothermal walls or conjugate heat transfer (CHT) domain interfaces where condensation takes place. The model was validated using the data reported by Ambrosini et al. (2008) and Kuhn et al. (1997)

  8. CFD modelling and validation of wall condensation in the presence of non-condensable gases

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    Highlights: • A wall condensation model was implemented and validated in ANSYS CFX. • Condensation rate is assumed to be controlled by the concentration boundary layer. • Validation was done using two laboratory scale experiments. • CFD calculations show good agreement with experimental data. - Abstract: The aim of this paper is to present and validate a mathematical model implemented in ANSYS CFD for the simulation of wall condensation in the presence of non-condensable substances. The model employs a mass sink at isothermal walls or conjugate heat transfer (CHT) domain interfaces where condensation takes place. The model was validated using the data reported by Ambrosini et al. (2008) and Kuhn et al. (1997)

  9. Enhancement of energy efficiency in a paint curing oven via CFD approach: Case study in an air-conditioning plant

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    Highlights: • We use CFD model to simulate air temperature in an industrial-scale paint curing oven. • Comparison of temperature is made for two proposed options to achieve energy saving. • Both proposed options provide the increase in average air temperature for the oven. - Abstract: An oven has been commonly employed to cure powder painted on metal parts for an air-conditioning production. There are many options to improve efficiency in fuel use for the paint curing oven; however some options need deep understanding to prove the possibility of thermal performance. In this work, computational fluid dynamic (CFD) modeling and simulation have been applied to study the temperature distribution and the flow pattern in the paint curing oven on a large scale. The CFD model has been validated against real data. The validated CFD model is used to investigate the temperature distribution and the flow pattern for two proposed options: eliminating stored heat and rearranging airflow. Results demonstrate that both cases provide temperature increase of 1.9 and 1.3 °C for air compared to the present paint curing oven. It can be concluded that the two proposed options are applicable for further implementation to the present paint curing oven

  10. A Simplified CFD Model for Simulation of the Suction Process Of Reciprocating Compressors

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    Pereira, Evandro L. L.; Santos, Claudio J.; Deschamps, Cesar J.; Kremer, Rodrigo

    2012-01-01

    The suction process in reciprocating compressors is strongly affected by the valve dynamics and the pulsating flow throughout the suction muffler. This paper describes a simplified computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model to simulate the flow through the muffler, suction valve and a small region inside the cylinder. The proposed method is applied to predict the suction process of a small reciprocating compressor and its adequacy is compared with a more time elaborate model in terms of accurac...

  11. CFD Modelling of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm on Hemodynamic Loads Using a Realistic Geometry with CT

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    Loong, T. H.; Maurizio Bordone; Uei Pua; Sriram Narayanan; Eduardo Soudah; E. Y. K. Ng

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this study is to find a correlation between the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) geometric parameters, wall stress shear (WSS), abdominal flow patterns, intraluminal thrombus (ILT), and AAA arterial wall rupture using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Real AAA 3D models were created by three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of in vivo acquired computed tomography (CT) images from 5 patients. Based on 3D AAA models, high quality volume meshes were created using an optimal tetr...

  12. CFD Model of HDS Catalyst Tests in Trickle-Bed Reactor

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    Tukač, V.; Prokešová, A.; Hanika, Jiří; Zbuzek, M.; Kubička, D.

    Prague : Orgit, 2014, s. 85. ISBN 978-80-02-02555-9. [International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering /21./ - CHISA 2014 and Conference on Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction /17./ - PRES 2014. Prague (CZ), 23.08.2014-27.08.2014] Grant ostatní: GA MPO FR-TI3/084 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : CFD model solution * reactor bed * catalyst activity tests Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

  13. CFD modeling of multiphase reacting flow in blast furnace shaft with layered burden

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    The ironmaking blast furnace is a counter-current chemical reactor which includes the ascending gas flow and the counter-current descending porous bed (burden). A Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model has been developed to simulate the multiphase reacting flow in blast furnace shaft. The gas flow dynamics, burden movement, chemical reactions, heat and mass transfer between the gas phase and burden phase are included in the CFD model. The blast furnace burden consists of alternative layers of iron ore and coke. A novel methodology is proposed to efficiently model the effects of alternative burden layer structure on gas flow, heat transfer, mass transfer and chemical reactions. Different reactions and heat transfer characteristics are applied for difference types of layer. In addition, the layered CFD model accurately predicts the Cohesive Zone (CZ) shape where the melting of solid burden taking place. The shape and location of the CZ are determined by an iterative method based on the ore temperature distribution. The theoretical formation and the methodology of the CFD model are presented and the model is applied to simulate industry blast furnaces. The proposed method can be applied to investigate the blast furnace shaft process and other moving bed system with periodic burden structure configuration. - Highlights: •A novel methodology is proposed to efficiently model the blast furnace shaft with layered burden. •The effects of layered burden on flow, heat transfer, and chemical reactions are considered in the model. •The shape and location of the cohesive zone is determined by an iterative method

  14. Local CFD kinetic model of cadmium vaporization during fluid bed incineration of municipal solid waste

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    Soria, J. [Instituto Multidisciplinario de Investigación y Desarrollo de la Patagonia Norte (IDEPA, CONICET-UNCo) y Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Buenos Aires 1400, 8300 Neuquén (Argentina); Laboratoire Procédés, Matériaux et Energie Solaire (CNRS-PROMES), 7 Rue du Four Solaire, Odeillo, 66120 Font-Romeu (France); Gauthier, D., E-mail: Daniel.Gauthier@promes.cnrs.fr [Laboratoire Procédés, Matériaux et Energie Solaire (CNRS-PROMES), 7 Rue du Four Solaire, Odeillo, 66120 Font-Romeu (France); Falcoz, Q.; Flamant, G. [Laboratoire Procédés, Matériaux et Energie Solaire (CNRS-PROMES), 7 Rue du Four Solaire, Odeillo, 66120 Font-Romeu (France); Mazza, G. [Instituto Multidisciplinario de Investigación y Desarrollo de la Patagonia Norte (IDEPA, CONICET-UNCo) y Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Buenos Aires 1400, 8300 Neuquén (Argentina)

    2013-03-15

    Highlights: ► A 2-D local CFD model for simulating the Cd vaporization process is presented. ► It includes a kinetic expression of Cd vaporization into the incineration process. ► Pyrolysis, volatiles’ combustion and residual carbon combustion are also taken into account. ► It fits very well the experimental results obtained on a lab-scale fluidized bed reported in literature. ► It also compares favorably with a model developed previously by the group. -- Abstract: The emissions of heavy metals during incineration of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) are a major issue to health and the environment. It is then necessary to well quantify these emissions in order to accomplish an adequate control and prevent the heavy metals from leaving the stacks. In this study the kinetic behavior of Cadmium during Fluidized Bed Incineration (FBI) of artificial MSW pellets, for bed temperatures ranging from 923 to 1073 K, was modeled. FLUENT 12.1.4 was used as the modeling framework for the simulations and implemented together with a complete set of user-defined functions (UDFs). The CFD model combines the combustion of a single solid waste particle with heavy metal (HM) vaporization from the burning particle, and it takes also into account both pyrolysis and volatiles’ combustion. A kinetic rate law for the Cd release, derived from the CFD thermal analysis of the combusting particle, is proposed. The simulation results are compared with experimental data obtained in a lab-scale fluidized bed incinerator reported in literature, and with the predicted values from a particulate non-isothermal model, formerly developed by the authors. The comparison shows that the proposed CFD model represents very well the evolution of the HM release for the considered range of bed temperature.

  15. Local CFD kinetic model of cadmium vaporization during fluid bed incineration of municipal solid waste

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    Highlights: ► A 2-D local CFD model for simulating the Cd vaporization process is presented. ► It includes a kinetic expression of Cd vaporization into the incineration process. ► Pyrolysis, volatiles’ combustion and residual carbon combustion are also taken into account. ► It fits very well the experimental results obtained on a lab-scale fluidized bed reported in literature. ► It also compares favorably with a model developed previously by the group. -- Abstract: The emissions of heavy metals during incineration of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) are a major issue to health and the environment. It is then necessary to well quantify these emissions in order to accomplish an adequate control and prevent the heavy metals from leaving the stacks. In this study the kinetic behavior of Cadmium during Fluidized Bed Incineration (FBI) of artificial MSW pellets, for bed temperatures ranging from 923 to 1073 K, was modeled. FLUENT 12.1.4 was used as the modeling framework for the simulations and implemented together with a complete set of user-defined functions (UDFs). The CFD model combines the combustion of a single solid waste particle with heavy metal (HM) vaporization from the burning particle, and it takes also into account both pyrolysis and volatiles’ combustion. A kinetic rate law for the Cd release, derived from the CFD thermal analysis of the combusting particle, is proposed. The simulation results are compared with experimental data obtained in a lab-scale fluidized bed incinerator reported in literature, and with the predicted values from a particulate non-isothermal model, formerly developed by the authors. The comparison shows that the proposed CFD model represents very well the evolution of the HM release for the considered range of bed temperature

  16. A CFD numerical model for the flow distribution in a MTR fuel element

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    Previously, an instrumented dummy fuel element (DMPV-01), with the same geometric characteristics of a MTR fuel element, was designed and constructed for pressure drop and flow distribution measurement experiments at the IEA-R1 reactor core. This dummy element was also used to measure the flow distribution among the rectangular flow channels formed by element fuel plates. A CFD numerical model was developed to complement the studies. This work presents the proposed CFD model as well as a comparison between numerical and experimental results of flow rate distribution among the internal flow channels. Numerical results show that the model reproduces the experiments very well and can be used for the studies as a more convenient and complementary tool. (author)

  17. A CFD numerical model for the flow distribution in a MTR fuel element

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    Andrade, Delvonei Alves de; Santos, Pedro Henrique Di Giovanni; Oliveira, Fabio Branco Vaz de; Torres, Walmir Maximo; Umbehaun, Pedro Ernesto; Souza, Jose Antonio Batista de; Belchior Junior, Antonio; Sabundjian, Gaiane; Prado, Adelk de Carvalho, E-mail: acprado@ipen.br, E-mail: delvonei@ipen.br, E-mail: dpedro_digiovanni_s@hotmail.com, E-mail: fabio@ipen.br, E-mail: wmtorres@ipen.br, E-mail: umbehaun@ipen.br, E-mail: jasouza@ipen.br, E-mail: abelchior@ipen.br, E-mail: gdjian@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Engenharia Nuclear; Angelo, Edvaldo, E-mail: eangelo@mackenzie.br [Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Angelo, Gabriel, E-mail: gangelo@fei.edu.br [Fundacao Educacional Inaciana (FEI), Sao Bernardo do Campo, SP (Brazil)

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    Previously, an instrumented dummy fuel element (DMPV-01), with the same geometric characteristics of a MTR fuel element, was designed and constructed for pressure drop and flow distribution measurement experiments at the IEA-R1 reactor core. This dummy element was also used to measure the flow distribution among the rectangular flow channels formed by element fuel plates. A CFD numerical model was developed to complement the studies. This work presents the proposed CFD model as well as a comparison between numerical and experimental results of flow rate distribution among the internal flow channels. Numerical results show that the model reproduces the experiments very well and can be used for the studies as a more convenient and complementary tool. (author)

  18. CFD modelling of most probable bubble nucleation rate from binary mixture with estimation of components' mole fraction in critical cluster

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    Hong, Ban Zhen; Keong, Lau Kok; Shariff, Azmi Mohd

    2016-05-01

    The employment of different mathematical models to address specifically for the bubble nucleation rates of water vapour and dissolved air molecules is essential as the physics for them to form bubble nuclei is different. The available methods to calculate bubble nucleation rate in binary mixture such as density functional theory are complicated to be coupled along with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) approach. In addition, effect of dissolved gas concentration was neglected in most study for the prediction of bubble nucleation rates. The most probable bubble nucleation rate for the water vapour and dissolved air mixture in a 2D quasi-stable flow across a cavitating nozzle in current work was estimated via the statistical mean of all possible bubble nucleation rates of the mixture (different mole fractions of water vapour and dissolved air) and the corresponding number of molecules in critical cluster. Theoretically, the bubble nucleation rate is greatly dependent on components' mole fraction in a critical cluster. Hence, the dissolved gas concentration effect was included in current work. Besides, the possible bubble nucleation rates were predicted based on the calculated number of molecules required to form a critical cluster. The estimation of components' mole fraction in critical cluster for water vapour and dissolved air mixture was obtained by coupling the enhanced classical nucleation theory and CFD approach. In addition, the distribution of bubble nuclei of water vapour and dissolved air mixture could be predicted via the utilisation of population balance model.

  19. A CFD model for biomass combustion in a packed bed furnace

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    Karim, Md. Rezwanul; Ovi, Ifat Rabbil Qudrat; Naser, Jamal

    2016-07-01

    Climate change has now become an important issue which is affecting environment and people around the world. Global warming is the main reason of climate change which is increasing day by day due to the growing demand of energy in developed countries. Use of renewable energy is now an established technique to decrease the adverse effect of global warming. Biomass is a widely accessible renewable energy source which reduces CO2 emissions for producing thermal energy or electricity. But the combustion of biomass is complex due its large variations and physical structures. Packed bed or fixed bed combustion is the most common method for the energy conversion of biomass. Experimental investigation of packed bed biomass combustion is difficult as the data collection inside the bed is challenging. CFD simulation of these combustion systems can be helpful to investigate different operational conditions and to evaluate the local values inside the investigation area. Available CFD codes can model the gas phase combustion but it can't model the solid phase of biomass conversion. In this work, a complete three-dimensional CFD model is presented for numerical investigation of packed bed biomass combustion. The model describes the solid phase along with the interface between solid and gas phase. It also includes the bed shrinkage due to the continuous movement of the bed during solid fuel combustion. Several variables are employed to represent different parameters of solid mass. Packed bed is considered as a porous bed and User Defined Functions (UDFs) platform is used to introduce solid phase user defined variables in the CFD. Modified standard discrete transfer radiation method (DTRM) is applied to model the radiation heat transfer. Preliminary results of gas phase velocity and pressure drop over packed bed have been shown. The model can be useful for investigation of movement of the packed bed during solid fuel combustion.

  20. Local CFD kinetic model of cadmium vaporization during fluid bed incineration of municipal solid waste.

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    Soria, J; Gauthier, D; Falcoz, Q; Flamant, G; Mazza, G

    2013-03-15

    The emissions of heavy metals during incineration of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) are a major issue to health and the environment. It is then necessary to well quantify these emissions in order to accomplish an adequate control and prevent the heavy metals from leaving the stacks. In this study the kinetic behavior of Cadmium during Fluidized Bed Incineration (FBI) of artificial MSW pellets, for bed temperatures ranging from 923 to 1073 K, was modeled. FLUENT 12.1.4 was used as the modeling framework for the simulations and implemented together with a complete set of user-defined functions (UDFs). The CFD model combines the combustion of a single solid waste particle with heavy metal (HM) vaporization from the burning particle, and it takes also into account both pyrolysis and volatiles' combustion. A kinetic rate law for the Cd release, derived from the CFD thermal analysis of the combusting particle, is proposed. The simulation results are compared with experimental data obtained in a lab-scale fluidized bed incinerator reported in literature, and with the predicted values from a particulate non-isothermal model, formerly developed by the authors. The comparison shows that the proposed CFD model represents very well the evolution of the HM release for the considered range of bed temperature. PMID:23410804

  1. Numerical modelling of pressure suppression pools with CFD and FEM codes

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    Paettikangas, T.; Niemi, J.; Timperi, A. (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Finland))

    2011-06-15

    Experiments on large-break loss-of-coolant accident for BWR is modeled with computational fluid (CFD) dynamics and finite element calculations. In the CFD calculations, the direct-contact condensation in the pressure suppression pool is studied. The heat transfer in the liquid phase is modeled with the Hughes-Duffey correlation based on the surface renewal model. The heat transfer is proportional to the square root of the turbulence kinetic energy. The condensation models are implemented with user-defined functions in the Euler-Euler two-phase model of the Fluent 12.1 CFD code. The rapid collapse of a large steam bubble and the resulting pressure source is studied analytically and numerically. Pressure source obtained from simplified calculations is used for studying the structural effects and FSI in a realistic BWR containment. The collapse results in volume acceleration, which induces pressure loads on the pool walls. In the case of a spherical bubble, the velocity term of the volume acceleration is responsible of the largest pressure load. As the amount of air in the bubble is decreased, the peak pressure increases. However, when the water compressibility is accounted for, the finite speed of sound becomes a limiting factor. (Author)

  2. Massive separation around bluff bodies: comparisons among different cfd solvers and turbulence models

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    Armenio, Vincenzo; Fakhari, Ahmad; Petronio, Andrea; Padovan, Roberta; Pittaluga, Chiara; Caprino, Giovanni

    2015-11-01

    Massive flow separation is ubiquitous in industrial applications, ruling drag and hydrodynamic noise. In spite of considerable efforts, its numerical prediction still represents a challenge for CFD models in use in engineering. Aside commercial software, over the latter years the opensource software OpenFOAMR (OF) has emerged as a valid tool for prediction of complex industrial flows. In the present work, we simulate two flows representative of a class of situations occurring in industrial problems: the flow around sphere and that around a wall-mounted square cylinder at Re = 10000 . We compare the performance two different tools, namely OF and ANSYS CFX 15.0 (CFX) using different unstructured grids and turbulence models. The grids have been generated using SNAPPYHEXMESH and ANSYS ICEM CFD 15.0 with different near wall resolutions. The codes have been run in a RANS mode using k - ɛ model (OF) and SST - k - ω (CFX) with and without wall-layer models. OF has been also used in LES, WMLES and DES mode. Regarding the sphere, RANS models were not able to catch separation, while good prediction of separation and distribution of stresses over the surface were obtained using LES, WMLES and DES. Results for the second test case are currently under analysis. Financial support from COSMO ``cfd open source per opera mortta'' PAR FSC 2007-2013, Friuli Venezia Giulia.

  3. Investigation of mucus transport in an idealized lung airway model using multiphase CFD analysis

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    Rajendran, Rahul; Banerjee, Arindam

    2015-11-01

    Mucus, a Bingham fluid is transported in the pulmonary airways by consistent beating of the cilia and exhibits a wide range of physical properties in response to the core air flow and various pathological conditions. A better understanding of the interfacial instability is required as it plays a crucial role in gas transport, mixing, mucus clearance and drug delivery. In the current study, mucus is modelled as a Newtonian fluid and the two phase gas-liquid flow in the airways is investigated using an inhomogeneous Eulerian-Eulerian approach. The complex interface between the phases is tracked using the conventional VOF (Volume of Fluid) method. Results from our CFD simulations which are performed in idealized single and double bifurcation geometries will be presented and the influence of airflow rate, mucus layer thickness, mucus viscosity, airway geometry (branching & diameter) and surface tension on mucus flow behavior will be discussed. Mean mucus layer thickness, pressure drop due to momentum transfer & increased airway resistance, mucus transport speed and the flow morphology will be compared to existing experimental and theoretical data.

  4. A comparative study of the CFD modeling of a ventilated active façade including phase change materials

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    Highlights: • A CFD model of a ventilated active façade with PCM was developed. • Results were validated against real-scale experimental data. • Convection effects within PCM can be neglected in for the façade under study. • DO radiation model and RNG k–ε showed accurate results for air turbulent flow regime. • k–ω models showed better accuracy than the RNG k–ε model for transitional air flows. - Abstract: This article describes the development of a CFD 2D model of a new type of ventilated active façade which includes a PCM (Phase Change Material) in its outer layer. The model was carried out using the software Fluent. The numerical results were compared against experimental data obtained by means of a real-scale PASLINK test facility. Two different approaches were tested to model the PCM. To model the radiation, S2S and DO sub-models were tested. RNG k–ε, Standard k–ω and SST k–ω turbulence models were compared to model the air flow inside the ventilated layer. The results showed that for the geometry under consideration it was suitable to consider the PCM to be a solid material with variable Cp. The DO model accurately reproduced the radiation phenomena. For an air flow rate that resulted in a turbulent regime inside the air chamber, the RNG k–ε model showed good agreement between the experimental data and the simulated results. The developed model can be considered suitable for the simulation and optimization of the fa ade under turbulent flow conditions. Further research should be conducted to improve the accuracy of the model for low-Reynolds-number turbulence conditions

  5. ADDRESSING HUMAN EXPOSURE TO AIR POLLUTANTS AROUND BUILDINGS IN URBAN AREAS WITH COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS (CFD) MODELS

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    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations provide a number of unique opportunities for expanding and improving capabilities for modeling exposures to environmental pollutants. The US Environmental Protection Agency's National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) has been c...

  6. Validation of Hydrodynamic Load Models Using CFD for the OC4-DeepCwind Semisubmersible: Preprint

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    Benitz, M. A.; Schmidt, D. P.; Lackner, M. A.; Stewart, G. M.; Jonkman, J.; Robertson, A.

    2015-03-01

    Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations were carried out on the OC4-DeepCwind semi-submersible to obtain a better understanding of how to set hydrodynamic coefficients for the structure when using an engineering tool such as FAST to model the system. The focus here was on the drag behavior and the effects of the free-surface, free-ends and multi-member arrangement of the semi-submersible structure. These effects are investigated through code-to-code comparisons and flow visualizations. The implications on mean load predictions from engineering tools are addressed. The work presented here suggests that selection of drag coefficients should take into consideration a variety of geometric factors. Furthermore, CFD simulations demonstrate large time-varying loads due to vortex shedding, which FAST's hydrodynamic module, HydroDyn, does not model. The implications of these oscillatory loads on the fatigue life needs to be addressed.

  7. Developing an Accurate CFD Based Gust Model for the Truss Braced Wing Aircraft

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    Bartels, Robert E.

    2013-01-01

    The increased flexibility of long endurance aircraft having high aspect ratio wings necessitates attention to gust response and perhaps the incorporation of gust load alleviation. The design of civil transport aircraft with a strut or truss-braced high aspect ratio wing furthermore requires gust response analysis in the transonic cruise range. This requirement motivates the use of high fidelity nonlinear computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for gust response analysis. This paper presents the development of a CFD based gust model for the truss braced wing aircraft. A sharp-edged gust provides the gust system identification. The result of the system identification is several thousand time steps of instantaneous pressure coefficients over the entire vehicle. This data is filtered and downsampled to provide the snapshot data set from which a reduced order model is developed. A stochastic singular value decomposition algorithm is used to obtain a proper orthogonal decomposition (POD). The POD model is combined with a convolution integral to predict the time varying pressure coefficient distribution due to a novel gust profile. Finally the unsteady surface pressure response of the truss braced wing vehicle to a one-minus-cosine gust, simulated using the reduced order model, is compared with the full CFD.

  8. Modeling and Simulation of Hamburger Cooking Process Using Finite Difference and CFD Methods

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    J. Sargolzaei

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Unsteady-state heat transfer in hamburger cooking process was modeled using one dimensional finite difference (FD and three dimensional computational fluid dynamic (CFD models. A double-sided cooking system was designed to study the effect of pressure and oven temperature on the cooking process. Three different oven temperatures (114, 152, 204°C and three different pressures (20, 332, 570 pa were selected and 9 experiments were performed. Applying pressure to hamburger increases the contact area of hamburger with heating plate and hence the heat transfer rate to the hamburger was increased and caused the weight loss due to water evaporation and decreasing cooking time, while increasing oven temperature led to increasing weight loss and decreasing cooking time. CFD predicted results were in good agreement with the experimental results than the finite difference (FD ones. But considering the long time needed for CFD model to simulate the cooking process (about 1 hour, using the finite difference model would be more economic.

  9. Auxiliary ventilation in mining roadways driven with roadheaders: Validated CFD modelling of dust behaviour

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    Torano, J.; Torno, S.; Menendez, M.; Gent, M. [University of Oviedo, Asturias (Spain)

    2010-01-15

    The production of dust when driving mining roadways can affect workers health. In addition, there is a decrease in productivity since Mine Safety regulations establish a reduction in the working time depending on the quartz content and dust concentration in the atmosphere. One of the gate roadways of the longwall named E4-S, belonging to the underground coal mine Carbonar SA located in Northern Spain, is being driven by an AM50 roadheader machine. The mined coal has a high coal dust content. This paper presents a study of dust behaviour in two auxiliary ventilation systems by Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models, taking into account the influence of time. The accuracy of these CFD models was assessed by airflow velocity and respirable dust concentration measurements taken in six points of six roadway cross-sections of the mentioned operating coal mine. It is concluded that these models predicted the airflow and dust behaviour at the working face, where the dust source is located, and in different roadways cross-sections behind the working face. As a result, CFD models allow optimization of the auxiliary ventilation system used, avoiding the important deficiencies when it is calculated by conventional methods.

  10. Validation and Analysis of Forward Osmosis CFD Model in Complex 3D Geometries

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    Lars Yde

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available In forward osmosis (FO, an osmotic pressure gradient generated across a semi-permeable membrane is used to generate water transport from a dilute feed solution into a concentrated draw solution. This principle has shown great promise in the areas of water purification, wastewater treatment, seawater desalination and power generation. To ease optimization and increase understanding of membrane systems, it is desirable to have a comprehensive model that allows for easy investigation of all the major parameters in the separation process. Here we present experimental validation of a computational fluid dynamics (CFD model developed to simulate FO experiments with asymmetric membranes. Simulations are compared with experimental results obtained from using two distinctly different complex three-dimensional membrane chambers. It is found that the CFD model accurately describes the solute separation process and water permeation through membranes under various flow conditions. It is furthermore demonstrated how the CFD model can be used to optimize membrane geometry in such as way as to promote the mass transfer.

  11. Influence of approaches in CFD Solvers on Performance Prediction in Screw Compressors

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    Kovacevic, Ahmed; Rane, Sham; Stosic, Nikola; Jiang, Yu; Lowry, Sam; Furmanczyk, Michal

    2014-01-01

    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) offers insight into screw compressor designs beyond the capabilities of other conventional methods. It allows evaluation of local flow patterns which influence performance but are difficult or impossible to investigate experimentally. Implementation of CFD in these machines is challenging due to the physics of the flow, the properties of the working fluids and the complexity of flow passages which change size and position. This is additionally challenged by ...

  12. Effect of longwall face advance rate on spontaneous heating process in the gob area - CFD modelling

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    Taraba, B.; Michalec, Zdeněk

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 90, č. 8 (2011), s. 2790-2797. ISSN 0016-2361 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA105/06/0630 Grant ostatní: GA ČR(CZ) GA105/08/1414 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30860518 Keywords : coal oxidation * spontaneous heating * CFD modelling * Fluent Subject RIV: DH - Mining , incl. Coal Mining Impact factor: 3.248, year: 2011 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016236111001724

  13. A CFD model of the wake of an offshore wind farm: Using a prescribed wake inflow

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    Réthoré, P.-E.; Bechmann, Andreas; Sørensen, Niels N.;

    2007-01-01

      An CFD model of the wake of an offshore wind farm, expanding existing measurements is proposed. The method is based on solving the Navier Stokes equation in a large domain downstream an offshore wind farm. The inflow of the domain is estimated using existing met mast measurements from both free...... stream and directly in-wake conditions. A comparison between the simulation results and measurements from a met mast are presented and the shortcomings of the methods are discussed.  ...

  14. Development of a Common Research Model for Applied CFD Validation Studies

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    Vassberg, John C.; Dehaan, Mark A.; Rivers, S. Melissa; Wahls, Richard A.

    2008-01-01

    The development of a wing/body/nacelle/pylon/horizontal-tail configuration for a common research model is presented, with focus on the aerodynamic design of the wing. Here, a contemporary transonic supercritical wing design is developed with aerodynamic characteristics that are well behaved and of high performance for configurations with and without the nacelle/pylon group. The horizontal tail is robustly designed for dive Mach number conditions and is suitably sized for typical stability and control requirements. The fuselage is representative of a wide/body commercial transport aircraft; it includes a wing-body fairing, as well as a scrubbing seal for the horizontal tail. The nacelle is a single-cowl, high by-pass-ratio, flow-through design with an exit area sized to achieve a natural unforced mass-flow-ratio typical of commercial aircraft engines at cruise. The simplicity of this un-bifurcated nacelle geometry will facilitate grid generation efforts of subsequent CFD validation exercises. Detailed aerodynamic performance data has been generated for this model; however, this information is presented in such a manner as to not bias CFD predictions planned for the fourth AIAA CFD Drag Prediction Workshop, which incorporates this common research model into its blind test cases. The CFD results presented include wing pressure distributions with and without the nacelle/pylon, ML/D trend lines, and drag-divergence curves; the design point for the wing/body configuration is within 1% of its max-ML/D. Plans to test the common research model in the National Transonic Facility and the Ames 11-ft wind tunnels are also discussed.

  15. CFD Modeling of Water Flow through Sudden Contraction and Expansion in a Horizontal Pipe

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    Kaushik, V. V. R.; Ghosh, S.; Das, G.; Das, P. K.

    2011-01-01

    This paper deals with the use of commercial CFD software in teaching graduate level computational fluid dynamics. FLUENT 6.3.26 was chosen as the CFD software to teach students the entire CFD process in a single course. The course objective is to help students to learn CFD, use it in some practical problems and analyze as well as validate the…

  16. Electrical capacitance tomography (ECT) and gamma radiation meter for comparison with and validation and tuning of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling of multiphase flow

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    The electrical capacitance tomographic (ECT) approach is increasingly seen as attractive for measurement and control applications in the process industries. Recently, there is increased interest in using the tomographic details from ECT for comparing with and validating and tuning CFD models of multiphase flow. Collaboration with researchers working in the field of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling of multiphase flows gives valuable information for both groups of researchers in the field of ECT and CFD. By studying the ECT tomograms of multiphase flows under carefully monitored inflow conditions of the different media and by obtaining the capacitance values, C(i, j, t) with i = 1…N, j = 1, 2,…N and i ≠ j obtained from ECT modules with N electrodes, it is shown how the interface heights in a pipe with stratified flow of oil and air can be fruitfully compared to the values of those obtained from ECT and gamma radiation meter (GRM) for improving CFD modeling. Monitored inflow conditions in this study are flow rates of air, water and oil into a pipe which can be positioned at varying inclinations to the horizontal, thus emulating the pipelines laid in subsea installations. It is found that ECT-based tomograms show most of the features seen in the GRM-based visualizations with nearly one-to-one correspondence to interface heights obtained from these two methods, albeit some anomalies at the pipe wall. However, there are some interesting features the ECT manages to capture: features which the GRM or the CFD modeling apparently do not show, possibly due to parameters not defined in the inputs to the CFD model or much slower response of the GRM. Results presented in this paper indicate that a combination of ECT and GRM and preferably with other modalities with enhanced data fusion and analysis combined with CFD modeling can help to improve the modeling, measurement and control of multiphase flow in the oil and gas industries and in the process industries

  17. Low Reynolds turbulence model CFD simulation for complex electronic system: an industrial point of view

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    Giannuzzi, M.

    2014-07-01

    In electronic systems the presence of bluff bodies, sharp corners and bends are the cause of flow separation and large recirculation bubbles. Since the recirculation vortices develop they encapsulate the heat from an electronic component becoming one of the major contributors of malfunction. Going in depth in this, some numerical simulations of conjugate heat transfer for a heat wall-mounted cube have been performed using the commercial CFD code scSTREAM V11 by Software Cradle Co, Ltd. It is well known that the reliability of CFD analysis depends heavily on the turbulent model employed together with the wall functions implemented. The three low- Reynolds k - epsilon turbulent models developed by Abe-Nagano-Kondoh have been validated against experimental data consisting mainly of velocity profiles and surface temperature distributions provided in literature. The performed validation shows a satisfactory agreement between the measured and simulated data. The turbulent model chosen is then used for the CFD simulation of a complex electronic system.

  18. Low Reynolds turbulence model CFD simulation for complex electronic system: an industrial point of view

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    In electronic systems the presence of bluff bodies, sharp corners and bends are the cause of flow separation and large recirculation bubbles. Since the recirculation vortices develop they encapsulate the heat from an electronic component becoming one of the major contributors of malfunction. Going in depth in this, some numerical simulations of conjugate heat transfer for a heat wall-mounted cube have been performed using the commercial CFD code scSTREAM V11 by Software Cradle Co, Ltd. It is well known that the reliability of CFD analysis depends heavily on the turbulent model employed together with the wall functions implemented. The three low- Reynolds k – ε turbulent models developed by Abe-Nagano-Kondoh have been validated against experimental data consisting mainly of velocity profiles and surface temperature distributions provided in literature. The performed validation shows a satisfactory agreement between the measured and simulated data. The turbulent model chosen is then used for the CFD simulation of a complex electronic system.

  19. A CFD-based wind solver for a fast response transport and dispersion model

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    Gowardhan, Akshay A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Brown, Michael J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Pardyjak, Eric R [UNIV OF UTAH; Senocak, Inanc [BOISE STATE UNIV

    2010-01-01

    In many cities, ambient air quality is deteriorating leading to concerns about the health of city inhabitants. In urban areas with narrow streets surrounded by clusters of tall buildings, called street canyons, air pollution from traffic emissions and other sources is difficult to disperse and may accumulate resulting in high pollutant concentrations. For various situations, including the evacuation of populated areas in the event of an accidental or deliberate release of chemical, biological and radiological agents, it is important that models should be developed that produce urban flow fields quickly. For these reasons it has become important to predict the flow field in urban street canyons. Various computational techniques have been used to calculate these flow fields, but these techniques are often computationally intensive. Most fast response models currently in use are at a disadvantage in these cases as they are unable to correlate highly heterogeneous urban structures with the diagnostic parameterizations on which they are based. In this paper, a fast and reasonably accurate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technique that solves the Navier-Stokes equations for complex urban areas has been developed called QUIC-CFD (Q-CFD). This technique represents an intermediate balance between fast (on the order of minutes for a several block problem) and reasonably accurate solutions. The paper details the solution procedure and validates this model for various simple and complex urban geometries.

  20. CFD and Ventilation Research

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    Li, Y.; Nielsen, Peter V.

    2011-01-01

    There has been a rapid growth of scientific literature on the application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in the research of ventilation and indoor air science. With a 1000–10,000 times increase in computer hardware capability in the past 20 years, CFD has become an integral part of...... scientific research and engineering development of complex air distribution and ventilation systems in buildings. This review discusses the major and specific challenges of CFD in terms of turbulence modelling, numerical approximation, and boundary conditions relevant to building ventilation. We emphasize...... the growing need for CFD verification and validation, suggest on-going needs for analytical and experimental methods to support the numerical solutions, and discuss the growing capacity of CFD in opening up new research areas. We suggest that CFD has not become a replacement for experiment and...

  1. A CFD Modeling Study for the Design of an Advanced HANARO Reactor Core Structure

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    Park, Jong-Hark; Chae, Hee-Teak; Park, Cheol; Kim, Heo-Nil [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-07-01

    AHR(Advanced HANARO Reactor) based on HANARO has been under a conceptually designed with new ideas to implement new findings, which have been revealed from twelve years operation of HANARO. For example, a perforated structure to reduce the FIV(Flow Induced Vibration) of a fuel assembly has been considered to install. And a change of dual outlets to a single outlet has also been investigated to promote the accessibility and to work easily in the reactor pool. Those investigations have been conducted by the CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) method, which can provide us with an good understanding of three dimensional flow fields influenced by design changes without an experiment. In this study a CFD modeling study for an AHR core structure design is described.

  2. A CFD Modeling Study for the Design of an Advanced HANARO Reactor Core Structure

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    AHR(Advanced HANARO Reactor) based on HANARO has been under a conceptually designed with new ideas to implement new findings, which have been revealed from twelve years operation of HANARO. For example, a perforated structure to reduce the FIV(Flow Induced Vibration) of a fuel assembly has been considered to install. And a change of dual outlets to a single outlet has also been investigated to promote the accessibility and to work easily in the reactor pool. Those investigations have been conducted by the CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) method, which can provide us with an good understanding of three dimensional flow fields influenced by design changes without an experiment. In this study a CFD modeling study for an AHR core structure design is described

  3. Modelling Thermal Environmental Performance In Top-lit Malaysian Atrium Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD

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    A.H. Abdullah

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD programs are powerful design tools that can predict detailed flow movement, temperature distribution, and contaminant dispersion. This paper reports the steady-state 3-D CFD modelling of air movement and temperature distribution due to thermal buoyancy within top-lit three-storey representative Malaysian atrium forms using the computer code PHOENICS. Details of temperature distribution, airflow patterns and other comfort parameters would provide a better picture of the resultant thermal performance within the atrium in response to the changes of design variables. The CFD modelling studies were to investigate quantitatively the effects of varying inlet to outlet opening area ratios and also the outlet’s arrangement on the atrium’s thermal environmental performance in relation to occupants’ thermal comfort. The simulation results have revealed that sufficiently higher inlet to outlet opening area ratio (i.e. n>1 can improve the thermal performance on the occupied levels; while with an equal inlet to outlet opening area ratio (i.e. n=1, changing the outlet’s arrangement (i.e. location and configuration has not significantly affected the atrium’s thermal performance.

  4. CFD analysis and flow model reduction for surfactant production in helix reactor

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    Nikačević N.M.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Flow pattern analysis in a spiral Helix reactor is conducted, for the application in the commercial surfactant production. Step change response curves (SCR were obtained from numerical tracer experiments by three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD simulations. Non-reactive flow is simulated, though viscosity is treated as variable in the direction of flow, as it increases during the reaction. The design and operating parameters (reactor diameter, number of coils and inlet velocity are varied in CFD simulations, in order to examine the effects on the flow pattern. Given that 3D simulations are not practical for fast computations needed for optimization, scale-up and control, CFD flow model is reduced to one-dimensional axial dispersion (AD model with spatially variable dispersion coefficient. Dimensionless dispersion coefficient (Pe is estimated under different conditions and results are analyzed. Finally, correlation which relates Pe number with Reynolds number and number of coils from the reactor entrance is proposed for the particular reactor application and conditions.

  5. Investigation of Microclimate by CFD Modeling of Moisture Interactions between Air and Constructions

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    Mortensen, Lone Hedegaard; Woloszyn, Monika; Rode, Carsten;

    2007-01-01

    There is a strong demand for accurate moisture modeling since moisture poses a risk for both the constructions and the indoor climate. This investigation has special focus on moisture modeling. The paper describes a new model based on a CFD tool enhanced to include both detailed modeling of...... airflows in rooms and heat and moisture transfer in walls by applying them as fluid walls. In a 3D configuration it is investigated what the impacts are of different boundary conditions and how this influences microclimates in rooms. The studied microclimate is a piece of furniture placed near a cold...

  6. CFD Analyses for Water-Air Flow With the Euler-Euler Two-Phase Model in the Fluent4 CFD Code

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    calculation results were adjusted for a good agreement with the experimental data. The analysis results were very valuable for designing the final water/steam facility for final CHF tests. The validation against data from the air-water experiments proved that the present CFD codes approach to the state where they can be used for simulating such two-phase experiments, where the fraction of both phases is essential and the flow is strongly affected by the density differences. It is still too early to predict, if the CFD calculation of the 1:1 scale critical heat flux experiments is successful, could the result be used for formulating a new type of a critical heat flux correlation, where the effects of CRD's on the flow patterns and gap dimensions are model parameters. (authors)

  7. CFD Studies on Biomass Thermochemical Conversion

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    Lifeng Yan

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Thermochemical conversion of biomass offers an efficient and economically process to provide gaseous, liquid and solid fuels and prepare chemicals derived from biomass. Computational fluid dynamic (CFD modeling applications on biomass thermochemical processes help to optimize the design and operation of thermochemical reactors. Recent progression in numerical techniques and computing efficacy has advanced CFD as a widely used approach to provide efficient design solutions in industry. This paper introduces the fundamentals involved in developing a CFD solution. Mathematical equations governing the fluid flow, heat and mass transfer and chemical reactions in thermochemical systems are described and sub-models for individual processes are presented. It provides a review of various applications of CFD in the biomass thermochemical process field.

  8. CFD modelling and wind tunnel validation of airflow through plant canopies using 3D canopy architecture

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    The efficiency of pesticide application to agricultural fields and the resulting environmental contamination highly depend on atmospheric airflow. A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of airflow within plant canopies using 3D canopy architecture was developed to understand the effect of the canopy to airflow. The model average air velocity was validated using experimental results in a wind tunnel with two artificial model trees of 24 cm height. Mean air velocities and their root mean square (RMS) values were measured on a vertical plane upstream and downstream sides of the trees in the tunnel using 2D hotwire anemometer after imposing a uniform air velocity of 10 m s-1 at the inlet. 3D virtual canopy geometries of the artificial trees were modelled and introduced into a computational fluid domain whereby airflow through the trees was simulated using Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations and k-ε turbulence model. There was good agreement of the average longitudinal velocity, U between the measurements and the simulation results with relative errors less than 2% for upstream and 8% for downstream sides of the trees. The accuracy of the model prediction for turbulence kinetic energy k and turbulence intensity I was acceptable within the tree height when using a roughness length (y0 = 0.02 mm) for the surface roughness of the tree branches and by applying a source model in a porous sub-domain created around the trees. The approach was applied for full scale orchard trees in the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) and was compared with previous approaches and works. The simulation in the ABL was made using two groups of full scale orchard trees; short (h = 3 m) with wider branching and long (h = 4 m) with narrow branching. This comparison showed good qualitative agreements on the vertical profiles of U with small local differences as expected due to the spatial disparities in tree architecture. This work was able to show airflow within and above the

  9. Modernization of vertical Pelton turbines with the help of CFD and model testing

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    The modernization of water turbines bears a high potential of increasing the already installed hydropower capacity. In many projects the existing waterways allow a substantial increase of the available flow capacity and with it the energy output. But also the upgrading onto a state of the art hydraulic, mechanical and electrical design will increase the available power considerably after the rehabilitation. The two phase nature of the flow in Pelton turbines requires for the hydraulic refurbishment special care in the application of the available design methods. Where the flow in the high pressure section of the turbine is mainly of one phase nature, CFD has been used as a standard tool for many years. Also the jet quality, and with it the exploration of the source of flow disturbances that cause poor free surface quality can be investigated with CFD. The interaction of the jet with the buckets of the runner is also examined by means of CFD. However, its accuracy with respect to hydraulic efficiency is, because of the two phase flow and the transient flow process, in very few cases good enough for a reliable and accurate prediction of absolute numbers. The optimization of hydraulic bucket profiles is therefore always checked with measurements in homologous scaled model turbines. A similar situation exists for the housing flow after the water is discharged from the runner. Here also CFD techniques are available to explore the general mechanisms. However, due to the two phase flow nature, where only a very small space is filled with moving water, the experimental setup in a model turbine is always the final proof for optimizations of housing inserts and modifications. The hydraulic design of a modernization project for a power station equipped with vertical Pelton turbines of two different designs is described in the proposed paper. It will be shown, how CFD is applied to determine the losses in the high pressure section and how these results are combined with the

  10. Lead pressure loss in the heat exchanger of the ELSY fast lead-cooled reactor by CFD approach

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    In the frame of the ELSY (European lead-cooled system) design proposal for a fast lead-cooled reactor, which should comply with the goals of the 4. generation nuclear power plants, the focus is set on the usage of the possible advantages offered by the lead technology in comparison to lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE). Lead is less expensive, less corrosive and has a smaller radiological emissivity in comparison with LBE. The ELSY project aims at demonstrating the feasibility of a lead fast reactor for energy generation and the identification of solutions for a simple but safe system. In order to properly dimension the reactor and to allow the flow of lead in natural circulation regime, as required by the nuclear accidents scenarios, the knowledge of the lead pressure losses through each component is mandatory. The present paper discusses the pressure loss through the new innovative design proposed for the ELSY spiral heat exchanger (HX). The lack of experimental data for lead flows through heat exchangers, as well as the novelty of the HX design, motivated an approach based on CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) analysis. We employed the commercial tool ANSYS CFX and successfully validate the program against theoretical predictions for pressure loss simulations through perforated plates and pipe bundles. The ELSY HX has a cylindrical design and uniformly perforated double inner and double outer walls, as described in [4]. The flow of lead represents the primary circuit, while supercritical water is planned for the secondary circuit of the reactor. The perforations in the walls and in the corresponding companion shells are displaced in a staggered way. About 200 tubes that are arranged vertically in a staggered way are planned for the secondary circuit of one HX. A detailed complete model is not feasible at the actual stage of the design, due to the complex geometry, which has reference elements ranging between 10-3/1 m scales. Therefore, unit slice models consisting of

  11. CFD Modeling of Airflow in a Livestock Building

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    Rong, Li; Elhadidi, B.; Khalifa, H. E.;

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, a 2D simulation for a typical livestock building is performed to assess the ammonia emission removal rate to the atmosphere. Two geometry models are used and compared in order to represent the slatted floor. In the first model the floor is modeled as a slatted floor and in the second...... exploring the accuracy of the porous jump assumption by comparing the velocity, and ammonia concentration in a 2D simulation, heated solid bodies are added to represent the livestock in the following simulations. The results of simulations with heat source also indicate that modeling the slatted floor with...... livestock buildings....

  12. Magnetic resonance imaging and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of rabbit nasal airflows for the development of hybrid CFD/PBPK models

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    Corley, Richard A; Minard, Kevin R; Kabilan, Senthil; Einstein, Daniel R; Kuprat, Andrew P; harkema, J R; Kimbell, Julia; Gargas, M L; Kinzell, John H

    2009-06-01

    The percentages of total airflows over the nasal respiratory and olfactory epithelium of female rabbits were calculated from computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of steady-state inhalation. These airflows calculations, along with nasal airway geometry determinations, are critical parameters for hybrid CFD/physiologically based pharmacokinetic models that describe the nasal dosimetry of water-soluble or reactive gases and vapors in rabbits. CFD simulations were based upon three-dimensional computational meshes derived from magnetic resonance images of three adult female New Zealand White (NZW) rabbits. In the anterior portion of the nose, the maxillary turbinates of rabbits are considerably more complex than comparable regions in rats, mice, monkeys, or humans. This leads to a greater surface area to volume ratio in this region and thus the potential for increased extraction of water soluble or reactive gases and vapors in the anterior portion of the nose compared to many other species. Although there was considerable interanimal variability in the fine structures of the nasal turbinates and airflows in the anterior portions of the nose, there was remarkable consistency between rabbits in the percentage of total inspired airflows that reached the ethmoid turbinate region (~50%) that is presumably lined with olfactory epithelium. These latter results (airflows reaching the ethmoid turbinate region) were higher than previous published estimates for the male F344 rat (19%) and human (7%). These differences in regional airflows can have significant implications in interspecies extrapolations of nasal dosimetry.

  13. A New Integrated Approach for the Prediction of the Load Independent Power Losses of Gears: Development of a Mesh-Handling Algorithm to Reduce the CFD Simulation Time

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    F. Concli

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available To improve the efficiency of geared transmissions, prediction models are required. Literature provides only simplified models that often do not take into account the influence of many parameters on the power losses. Recently some works based on CFD simulations have been presented. The drawback of this technique is the time demand needed for the computation. In this work a less time-consuming numerical calculation method based on some specific mesh-handling techniques was extensively applied. With this approach the windage phenomena were simulated and compared with experimental data in terms of power loss. The comparison shows the capability of the numerical approach to capture the phenomena that can be observed experimentally. The powerful capabilities of this approach in terms of both prediction accuracy and computational effort efficiency make it a potential tool for an advanced design of gearboxes as well as a powerful tool for further comprehension of the physics behind the gearbox lubrication.

  14. Optimization the design of venturi gas mixer for syngas engine using three-dimensional CFD modeling

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    A venturi mixer prototype is developed for mixing air and synthesis gas or 'syngas' as a fuel. Syngas is recognized as a viable energy source worldwide, particularly for stationary power generation. It has a very low energy density, so a mixer with λ (ratio of actual to stoichiometric air-fuel ratio) in the range of 1.1 to 1.7 is expected. In this study, three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling is used to investigate and analyze the influence of the throat diameter, gas chamber thickness and gas exits diameter on mixer characteristics and performance. Attention is focused on the effect of venturi mixer geometry on the air-fuel ratio, pressure loss and mixing quality. Based on the numerical results, an optimized design of venturi gas mixer is made. The optimized design has λ in the range of 1.2 to 1.3, and gives very good mixing quality and acceptable pressure loss. The CFD results are validated with experimental data. The CFD results show good agreement with experimental data

  15. Modelling aerosol number distributions from a vehicle exhaust with an aerosol CFD model

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    Albriet, B.; Sartelet, K. N.; Lacour, S.; Carissimo, B.; Seigneur, C.

    2010-03-01

    Vehicular traffic contributes significantly to the aerosol number concentrations at the local scale by emitting primary soot particles and forming secondary nucleated nanoparticles. Because of their potential health effects, more attention is paid to the traffic induced aerosol number distributions. The aim of this work is to explain the phenomenology leading to the formation and the evolution of the aerosol number distributions in the vicinity of a vehicle exhaust using numerical modelling. The emissions are representative of those of a light-duty diesel truck without a diesel particle filter. The atmospheric flow is modelled with a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code to describe the dispersion of pollutants at the local scale. The CFD code, coupled to a modal aerosol model (MAM) describing the aerosol dynamics, is used to model the tailpipe plume of a vehicle with emissions corresponding to urban driving conditions. On the basis of available measurements in Schauer et al. (1999), three surrogate species are chosen to treat the semi-volatile organic compounds in the emissions. The model simulates the formation of the aerosol distribution in the exhaust plume of a vehicle as follows. After emission to the atmosphere, particles are formed by nucleation of sulphuric acid and water vapour depending strongly on the thermodynamic state of the atmosphere and on the dilution conditions. The semi-volatile organic compounds are critical for the rapid growth of nanoparticles through condensation. The semi-volatile organic compounds are also important for the evolution of primary soot particles and can contribute substantially to their chemical composition. The most influential parameters for particle formation are the sulphur fuel content, the semi-volatile organic emissions and also the mass and initial diameter of the soot particles emitted. The model is able to take into account the complex competition between nucleation, condensation and dilution, as well as the

  16. CFD Modeling of Non-Neutral Atmospheric Boundary Layer Conditions

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    Koblitz, Tilman

    For wind resource assessment, the wind industry is increasingly relying on Computational Fluid Dynamics models that focus on modeling the airflow in a neutrally stratified surface-layer. Physical processes like the Coriolis force, buoyancy forces and heat transport, that are important to the...... atmospheric boundary-layer, are mostly ignored so far. In order to decrease the uncertainty of wind resource assessment, the present work focuses on atmospheric flows that include atmospheric stability and the Coriolis effect. Within the present work a RANS model framework is developed and implemented into...

  17. Development and validation of a CFD model predicting the backfill process of a nuclear waste gallery

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    Gopala, Vinay Ramohalli, E-mail: gopala@nrg.eu [Nuclear Research and consultancy Group (NRG), P.O. Box 25, 1755 ZG Petten (Netherlands); Lycklama a Nijeholt, Jan-Aiso [Nuclear Research and consultancy Group (NRG), P.O. Box 25, 1755 ZG Petten (Netherlands); Bakker, Paul [Van Hattum en Blankevoort, Woerden (Netherlands); Haverkate, Benno [Nuclear Research and consultancy Group (NRG), P.O. Box 25, 1755 ZG Petten (Netherlands)

    2011-07-15

    Research highlights: > This work presents the CFD simulation of the backfill process of Supercontainers with nuclear waste emplaced in a disposal gallery. > The cement-based material used for backfill is grout and the flow of grout is modelled as a Bingham fluid. > The model is verified against an analytical solution and validated against the flowability tests for concrete. > Comparison between backfill plexiglas experiment and simulation shows a distinct difference in the filling pattern. > The numerical model needs to be further developed to include segregation effects and thixotropic behavior of grout. - Abstract: Nuclear waste material may be stored in underground tunnels for long term storage. The example treated in this article is based on the current Belgian disposal concept for High-Level Waste (HLW), in which the nuclear waste material is packed in concrete shielded packages, called Supercontainers, which are inserted into these tunnels. After placement of the packages in the underground tunnels, the remaining voids between the packages and the tunnel lining is filled-up with a cement-based material called grout in order to encase the stored containers into the underground spacing. This encasement of the stored containers inside the tunnels is known as the backfill process. A good backfill process is necessary to stabilize the waste gallery against ground settlements. A numerical model to simulate the backfill process can help to improve and optimize the process by ensuring a homogeneous filling with no air voids and also optimization of the injection positions to achieve a homogeneous filling. The objective of the present work is to develop such a numerical code that can predict the backfill process well and validate the model against the available experiments and analytical solutions. In the present work the rheology of Grout is modelled as a Bingham fluid which is implemented in OpenFOAM - a finite volume-based open source computational fluid dynamics

  18. Development and validation of a CFD model predicting the backfill process of a nuclear waste gallery

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    Research highlights: → This work presents the CFD simulation of the backfill process of Supercontainers with nuclear waste emplaced in a disposal gallery. → The cement-based material used for backfill is grout and the flow of grout is modelled as a Bingham fluid. → The model is verified against an analytical solution and validated against the flowability tests for concrete. → Comparison between backfill plexiglas experiment and simulation shows a distinct difference in the filling pattern. → The numerical model needs to be further developed to include segregation effects and thixotropic behavior of grout. - Abstract: Nuclear waste material may be stored in underground tunnels for long term storage. The example treated in this article is based on the current Belgian disposal concept for High-Level Waste (HLW), in which the nuclear waste material is packed in concrete shielded packages, called Supercontainers, which are inserted into these tunnels. After placement of the packages in the underground tunnels, the remaining voids between the packages and the tunnel lining is filled-up with a cement-based material called grout in order to encase the stored containers into the underground spacing. This encasement of the stored containers inside the tunnels is known as the backfill process. A good backfill process is necessary to stabilize the waste gallery against ground settlements. A numerical model to simulate the backfill process can help to improve and optimize the process by ensuring a homogeneous filling with no air voids and also optimization of the injection positions to achieve a homogeneous filling. The objective of the present work is to develop such a numerical code that can predict the backfill process well and validate the model against the available experiments and analytical solutions. In the present work the rheology of Grout is modelled as a Bingham fluid which is implemented in OpenFOAM - a finite volume-based open source computational fluid

  19. Containment Thermal-Hydraulic Simulations With an LP-CFD Approach: Qualification Matrix of the Tonus Code

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    The French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) are developing a hydrogen risk analysis code (safety code) which incorporates both lumped parameter (LP) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) formulations. In this paper we present briefly the main physical models for containment thermal-hydraulics. Validation and typical numerical results will be presented for hydrogen distribution and combustion applications in small and realistic large geometries. (authors)

  20. CFD Modelling of a Quadrupole Vortex Inside a Cylindrical Channel for Research into Advanced Hybrid Rocket Designs

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    This study relies on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools to analyse a possible method for creating a stable quadrupole vortex within a simulated, circular-port, cylindrical rocket chamber. A model of the vortex generator is created in a SolidWorks CAD program and then the grid is generated using the Pointwise mesh generation software. The non-reactive flowfield is simulated using an open source computational program, Stanford University Unstructured (SU2). Subsequent analysis and visualization are performed using ParaView. The vortex generation approach that we employ consists of four tangentially injected monopole vortex generators that are arranged symmetrically with respect to the center of the chamber in such a way to produce a quadrupole vortex with a common downwash. The present investigation focuses on characterizing the flow dynamics so that future investigations can be undertaken with increasing levels of complexity. Our CFD simulations help to elucidate the onset of vortex filaments within the monopole tubes, and the evolution of quadrupole vortices downstream of the injection faceplate. Our results indicate that the quadrupole vortices produced using the present injection pattern can become quickly unstable to the extent of dissipating soon after being introduced into simulated rocket chamber. We conclude that a change in the geometrical configuration will be necessary to produce more stable quadrupoles

  1. Comparison of Engineering Wake Models with CFD Simulations

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    Andersen, S. J.; Sørensen, J. N.; Ivanell, S.; Mikkelsen, R. F.

    2014-06-01

    The engineering wake models by Jensen [1] and Frandsen et al. [2] are assessed for different scenarios simulated using Large Eddy Simulation and the Actuator Line method implemented in the Navier-Stokes equations. The scenarios include the far wake behind a single wind turbine, a long row of turbines in an atmospheric boundary layer, idealised cases of an infinitely long row of wind turbines and infinite wind farms with three different spacings. Both models include a wake expansion factor, which is calibrated to fit the simulated wake velocities. The analysis highlights physical deficiencies in the ability of the models to universally predict the wake velocities, as the expansion factor can be fitted for a given case, but with not apparent transition between the cases.

  2. CFD Modelling of Flow and Solids Distribution in Carbon-in-Leach Tanks

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    Divyamaan Wadnerkar

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The Carbon-in-Leach (CIL circuit plays an important role in the economics of a gold refinery. The circuit uses multiphase stirred tanks in series, in which problems such as dead zones, short-circuiting, and presence of unsuspended solids are detrimental to its efficiency. Therefore, the hydrodynamics of such a system is critical for improving the performance. The hydrodynamics of stirred tanks can be resolved using computational fluid dynamics (CFD. While the flow generated by the impellers in the CIL tanks is complex and modelling it in the presence of high solid concentration is challenging, advances in CFD models, such as turbulence and particle-fluid interactions, have made modelling of such flows feasible. In the present study, the hydrodynamics of CIL tanks was investigated by modelling it using CFD. The models used in the simulations were validated using experimental data at high solid loading of 40 wt. % in a lab scale tank. The models were further used for examining the flow generated by pitched blade turbine and HA-715 Mixtec impellers in lab scale CIL tanks with 50 wt. % solids. The effect of design and operating parameters such as off-bottom clearance, impeller separation, impeller speed, scale-up, and multiple-impeller configuration on flow field and solid concentrations profiles was examined. For a given impeller speed, better solids suspension is observed with dual impeller and triple impeller configurations. The results presented in the paper are useful for understanding the hydrodynamics and influence of design and operating parameters on industrial CIL tanks.

  3. Comparison of Engineering Wake Models with CFD Simulations

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    Andersen, Søren Juhl; Sørensen, Jens Nørkær; Ivanell, S.;

    2014-01-01

    The engineering wake models by Jensen [1] and Frandsen et al. [2] are assessed for different scenarios simulated using Large Eddy Simulation and the Actuator Line method implemented in the Navier-Stokes equations. The scenarios include the far wake behind a single wind turbine, a long row of...... turbines in an atmospheric boundary layer, idealised cases of an infinitely long row of wind turbines and infinite wind farms with three different spacings. Both models include a wake expansion factor, which is calibrated to fit the simulated wake velocities. The analysis highlights physical deficiencies...

  4. CFD modeling of a UV-LED photocatalytic odor abatement process in a continuous reactor

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    Highlights: ► A CFD model is developed for a UV-LED based photocatalytic deodorization reactor. ► Radiation field model and Langmuir–Hinshelwood kinetics are integrated in the model. ► The model can predict the pollutant concentration profile and the reactor performance. ► LED distance is predicted to be a critical parameter in photocatalytic reactor design. - Abstract: This paper presents a model study of a UV light-emitting-diode (UV-LED) based photocatalytic odor abatement process. It integrated computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling of the gas flow in the reactor with LED-array radiation field calculation and Langmuir–Hinshelwood reaction kinetics. It was applied to simulate the photocatalytic degradation of dimethyl sulfide (DMS) in a UV-LED reactor based on experimentally determined chemical kinetic parameters. A non-linear power law relating reaction rate to irradiation intensity was adopted. The model could predict the steady state DMS concentration profiles by calculating the advection, diffusion and Langmuir–Hinshelwood reaction kinetics. By affecting the radiation intensity and uniformity, the position of the LED array relative to the catalyst appeared to be a critical parameter determining DMS removal efficiency. Too small distances might yield low quantum efficiency and consequently poor abatement performance. This study provided an example of LED-based photocatalytic process modeling and gave insights into the optimization of light source design for photocatalytic applications.

  5. Multiphase CFD modeling of nearfield fate of sediment plumes

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    Saremi, Sina; Hjelmager Jensen, Jacob

    2014-01-01

    . The two-phase mixture solution based on the drift-flux method is evaluated for 3D simulation of material disposal and overflow discharge from the hoppers. The model takes into account the hindrance and resistance mechanisms in the mixture and is capable of describing the flow details within the plumes...

  6. Calculation and design of tunnel ventilation systems using a two-scale modelling approach

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    Colella, Francesco; Rein, Guillermo; Borchiellini, Romano; Carvel, Ricky O; Torero, Jose L; Verda, Vittorio

    2009-01-01

    This paper develops a novel modelling approach for ventilation flow in tunnels at ambient conditions (i.e. cold flow). The complexity of full CFD models of low in tunnels or the inaccuracies of simplistic assumptions are avoided by efficiently combining a simple, mono-dimensional approach to model tunnel regions where the flow is fully developed, with detailed CFD solutions where flow conditions require 3D resolution. This multiscale method has not previously been applied to tunnel flows. ...

  7. CFD Analysis of a Void Distribution Benchmark of the NUPEC PSBT Tests: Model Calibration and Influence of Turbulence Modelling

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    Krepper, E.; Rzehak, R.

    2012-01-01

    The paper presents CFD calculations of the void distribution tests of the PSBT benchmark using ANSYS CFX-12.1. First, relevant aspects of the implemented wall boiling model are reviewed highlighting the uncertainties in several model parameters. It is then shown that the measured cross-sectionally averaged values can be reproduced well with a single set of calibrated model parameters for different test cases. For the reproduction of patterns of void distribution cross-sections, attention has ...

  8. CFD-modelling of natural convection in a groundwater-filled borehole heat exchanger

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    Gustafsson, A-M.; Westerlund, L.; Hellström, G.

    2009-01-01

    Abstract In design of ground-source energy systems the thermal erformance of the borehole heat exchangers is important. In Scandinavia, boreholes are usually not grouted but left with groundwater to fill the space between heat exchanger pipes and borehole wall. The common U-pipe arrangement in a groundwater-filled BHE has been studied by a three-dimensional, steady-state CFD model. The model consists of a three meter long borehole containing a single U-pipe with surrounding bedrock...

  9. Validation and analysis of forward osmosis CFD model in complex 3D geometries

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    Gruber, Mathias F.; Johnson, Carl J.; Tang, Chuyang;

    2012-01-01

    , seawater desalination and power generation. To ease optimization and increase understanding of membrane systems, it is desirable to have a comprehensive model that allows for easy investigation of all the major parameters in the separation process. Here we present experimental validation of a computational...... separation process and water permeation through membranes under various flow conditions. It is furthermore demonstrated how the CFD model can be used to optimize membrane geometry in such as way as to promote the mass transfer. © 2012 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland....

  10. CFD MODELING AND ANALYSIS FOR A-AREA AND H-AREA COOLING TOWERS

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    Lee, S.; Garrett, A.; Bollinger, J.

    2009-09-02

    Mechanical draft cooling towers are designed to cool process water via sensible and latent heat transfer to air. Heat and mass transfer take place simultaneously. Heat is transferred as sensible heat due to the temperature difference between liquid and gas phases, and as the latent heat of the water as it evaporates. Mass of water vapor is transferred due to the difference between the vapor pressure at the air-liquid interface and the partial pressure of water vapor in the bulk of the air. Equations to govern these phenomena are discussed here. The governing equations are solved by taking a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) approach. The purpose of the work is to develop a three-dimensional CFD model to evaluate the flow patterns inside the cooling tower cell driven by cooling fan and wind, considering the cooling fans to be on or off. Two types of the cooling towers are considered here. One is cross-flow type cooling tower located in A-Area, and the other is counterflow type cooling tower located in H-Area. The cooling tower located in A-Area is mechanical draft cooling tower (MDCT) consisting of four compartment cells as shown in Fig. 1. It is 13.7m wide, 36.8m long, and 9.4m high. Each cell has its own cooling fan and shroud without any flow communications between two adjacent cells. There are water distribution decks on both sides of the fan shroud. The deck floor has an array of about 25mm size holes through which water droplet falls into the cell region cooled by the ambient air driven by fan and wind, and it is eventually collected in basin area. As shown in Fig. 1, about 0.15-m thick drift eliminator allows ambient air to be humidified through the evaporative cooling process without entrainment of water droplets into the shroud exit. The H-Area cooling tower is about 7.3 m wide, 29.3 m long, and 9.0 m high. Each cell has its own cooling fan and shroud, but each of two corner cells has two panels to shield wind at the bottom of the cells. There is some

  11. CFD to modeling molten core behavior simultaneously with chemical phenomena

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    Full text of publication follows: This paper deals with the basic features of a computing procedure, which can be used for modeling of destruction and melting of a core with subsequent corium retaining into the reactor vessel. The destruction and melting of core mean the account of the following phenomena: a melting, draining (moving of the melt through a porous layer of core debris), freezing with release of an energy, change of geometry, formation of the molten pool, whose convective intermixing and distribution influence on a mechanism of borders destruction. It is necessary to take into account that during of heating molten pool and development in it of convective fluxes a stratification of a multi-component melt on two layers of metal light and of oxide heavy components is observed. These layers are in interaction, they can exchange by the separate components as result of diffusion or oxidizing reactions. It can have an effect considerably on compositions, on a specific weight, and on properties of molten interacting phases, and on a structure of the molten stratified pool. In turn, the retaining of the formed molten masses in reactor vessel requires the solution of a matched heat exchange problem, namely, of a natural convection in a heat generating fluid in partially or completely molten corium and of heat exchange problem with taking into account of a melting of the reactor vessel. In addition, it is necessary to take into account phase segregation, caused by influence of local and of global natural convective flows and thermal lag of heated up boundaries. The mathematical model for simulation of the specified phenomena is based on the Navier-Stokes equations with variable properties together with the heat transfer equation. For modeling of a corium moving through a porous layer of core debris, the special computing algorithm to take into account density jump on interface between a melt and a porous layer of core debris is designed. The model was

  12. Decompression wave speed in CO2 mixtures: CFD modelling with the GERG-2008 equation of state

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    Highlights: • CFD models for decompression simulation of CO2 mixtures. • Incorporation of GERG-2008 EOS into CFD code for decompression modelling. • Predicted decompression wave speed validated by measurements. • Studies of effects of initial temperature and impurities on decompression wave speed. - Abstract: The development of CO2 pipelines for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) raises new questions regarding the control of ductile fracture propagation and fracture arrest toughness criteria. The decompression behaviour in the fluid must be determined accurately in order to estimate the proper pipe toughness. However, anthropogenic CO2 may contain impurities that can modify the fluid decompression characteristics quite significantly. To determine the decompression wave speed in CO2 mixtures, the thermodynamic properties of these mixtures must be determined by using an accurate equation of state. In this paper we present a new decompression model developed using the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) package ANSYS Fluent. The GERG-2008 Equation of State (EOS) was implemented into this model through User Defined Functions (UDF) to predict the thermodynamic properties of CO2 mixtures. The model predictions were in good agreement with the experimental data of two ‘shock tube’ tests. A range of representative CO2 mixtures was examined in terms of the changes in fluid properties from the initial conditions, with time and distance, immediately after a sudden pipeline opening at one end. Phase changes that may occur within the fluid due to condensation of ‘impurities’ in the fluid were also investigated. Simulations were also conducted to examine how the initial temperature and impurities would affect the decompression wave speed

  13. CFD Model Of A Planar Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell For Hydrogen Production From Nuclear Energy

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    A three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model has been created to model high temperature steam electrolysis in a planar solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC). The model represents a single cell as it would exist in an electrolysis stack. Details of the model geometry are specific to a stack that was fabricated by Ceramatec2, Inc. and tested at the Idaho National Laboratory. Mass, momentum, energy, and species conservation and transport are provided via the core features of the commercial CFD code FLUENT2. A solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) model adds the electrochemical reactions and loss mechanisms and computation of the electric field throughout the cell. The FLUENT SOFC user-defined subroutine was modified for this work to allow for operation in the SOEC mode. Model results provide detailed profiles of temperature, Nernst potential, operating potential, anode-side gas composition, cathode-side gas composition, current density and hydrogen production over a range of stack operating conditions. Mean model results are shown to compare favorably with experimental results obtained from an actual ten-cell stack tested at INL

  14. THERMAL AND ELECTROCHEMICAL THREE DIMENSIONAL CFD MODEL OF A PLANAR SOLID OXIDE ELECTROLYSIS CELL

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    Grant Hawkes; Jim O& #39; Brien; Carl Stoots; Steve Herring; Mehrdad Shahnam

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    A three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model has been created to model high-temperature steam electrolysis in a planar solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC). The model represents a single cell, as it would exist in an electrolysis stack. Details of the model geometry are specific to a stack that was fabricated by Ceramatec , Inc. and tested at the Idaho National Laboratory. Mass, momentum, energy, and species conservation and transport are provided via the core features of the commercial CFD code FLUENT2. A solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) model adds the electrochemical reactions and loss mechanisms and computation of the electric field throughout the cell. The FLUENT SOFC user-defined subroutine was modified for this work to allow for operation in the SOEC mode. Model results provide detailed profiles of temperature, Nernst potential, operating potential, anode-side gas composition, cathode-side gas composition, current density and hydrogen production over a range of stack operating conditions. Mean model results are shown to compare favorably with experimental results obtained from an actual ten-cell stack tested at INL.

  15. Assessment of Nucleation Site Density Models for CFD Simulations of Subcooled Flow Boiling

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    Hoang, N. H.; Chu, I. C.; Euh, D. J.; Song, C. H. [KAERI, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    The framework of a CFD simulation of subcooled flow boiling basically includes a block of wall boiling models communicating with governing equations of a two-phase flow via parameters like temperature, rate of phasic change, etc. In the block of wall boiling models, a heat flux partitioning model, which describes how the heat is taken away from a heated surface, is combined with models quantifying boiling parameters, i.e. nucleation site density, and bubble departure diameter and frequency. It is realized that the nucleation site density is an important parameter for predicting the subcooled flow boiling. The number of nucleation sites per unit area decides the influence region of each heat transfer mechanism. The variation of the nucleation site density will mutually change the dynamics of vapor bubbles formed at these sites. In addition, the nucleation site density is needed as one initial and boundary condition to solve the interfacial area transport equation. A lot of effort has been devoted to mathematically formulate the nucleation site density. As a consequence, numerous correlations of the nucleation site density are available in the literature. These correlations are commonly quite different in their mathematical form as well as application range. Some correlations of the nucleation site density have been applied successfully to CFD simulations of several specific subcooled boiling flows, but in combination with different correlations of the bubble departure diameter and frequency. In addition, the values of the nucleation site density, and bubble departure diameter and frequency obtained from simulations for a same problem are relatively different, depending on which models are used, even when global characteristics, e.g., void fraction and mean bubble diameter, agree well with experimental values. It is realized that having a good CFD simulations of the subcooled flow boiling requires a detailed validations of all the models used. Owing to the importance

  16. Assessment of Nucleation Site Density Models for CFD Simulations of Subcooled Flow Boiling

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    The framework of a CFD simulation of subcooled flow boiling basically includes a block of wall boiling models communicating with governing equations of a two-phase flow via parameters like temperature, rate of phasic change, etc. In the block of wall boiling models, a heat flux partitioning model, which describes how the heat is taken away from a heated surface, is combined with models quantifying boiling parameters, i.e. nucleation site density, and bubble departure diameter and frequency. It is realized that the nucleation site density is an important parameter for predicting the subcooled flow boiling. The number of nucleation sites per unit area decides the influence region of each heat transfer mechanism. The variation of the nucleation site density will mutually change the dynamics of vapor bubbles formed at these sites. In addition, the nucleation site density is needed as one initial and boundary condition to solve the interfacial area transport equation. A lot of effort has been devoted to mathematically formulate the nucleation site density. As a consequence, numerous correlations of the nucleation site density are available in the literature. These correlations are commonly quite different in their mathematical form as well as application range. Some correlations of the nucleation site density have been applied successfully to CFD simulations of several specific subcooled boiling flows, but in combination with different correlations of the bubble departure diameter and frequency. In addition, the values of the nucleation site density, and bubble departure diameter and frequency obtained from simulations for a same problem are relatively different, depending on which models are used, even when global characteristics, e.g., void fraction and mean bubble diameter, agree well with experimental values. It is realized that having a good CFD simulations of the subcooled flow boiling requires a detailed validations of all the models used. Owing to the importance

  17. Modeling strategies to compute natural circulation using CFD in a VHTR after a LOFA

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    Highlights: • CFD analysis was performed of natural circulation in a block VHTR after a loss of flow accident. • Multiple strategies were investigated to perform CFD analysis to estimate strength of natural circulation. • Symmetry considerations allowed fine mesh application of CFD to reactor core. • Results extrapolated to whole core to estimate heat loss due to natural circulation. • CFD shows promise for use in nuclear reactor design and analysis. - Abstract: A prismatic gas-cooled very high temperature reactor (VHTR) is being developed under the next generation nuclear plant program (NGNP) of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy. In the design of the prismatic VHTR, hexagonal shaped graphite blocks are drilled to allow insertion of fuel pins, made of compacted tristructural-isotropic (TRISO) fuel particles, and coolant channels for the helium coolant. One of the concerns for the reactor design is the effects of a loss of flow accident (LOFA) where the coolant circulators are lost for some reason, causing a loss of forced coolant flow through the core. In such an event, it is desired to know what happens to the (reduced) heat still being generated in the core and if it represents a problem for the fuel compacts, the graphite core or the reactor vessel (RV) walls. One of the mechanisms for the transport of heat out of the core is by the natural circulation of the coolant, which is still present. It is desired to know how much heat may be transported by natural circulation through the core and upwards to the top of the upper plenum. It is beyond current capability for a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis to perform a calculation on the whole RV with a sufficiently refined mesh to examine the full potential of natural circulation in the vessel. The present paper reports the investigation of several strategies to model the flow and heat transfer in the RV. It is found that it is necessary to employ representative geometries of

  18. QM-400 CFD 自然对流模型研究及验证%Research and Validation on CFD Natural Convection Model of QM-400

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    左巧林; 干富军; 朱丽兵

    2016-01-01

    The spent fuel dry storage facility named QM-400 module for Third Qinshan Nuclear Power Co.Ltd.(TQNPC)is the first commercial dry storage facility in opera-tion in China.The heat transfer in QM-400 mainly consists of natural convention,con-duction,conjugate heat transfer and radiation,etc.The decay heat of each fuel basket was calculated accurately at typical surrounding temperature.Mesh sensitivity analysis was performed using commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD)code FLUENT 14.0. A set of CFD simulation models on natural convection of QM-400 were developed.The results show that the distributions of the pressure and temperature on the cylinder sur-face meet the rules of natural convection.Good agreements are achieved between the simulated temperature and the measured temperature at the measured points and the simulated temperature trend varying with surrounding temperature agree well with the measured trend,which demonstrates the correctness of the calculation method of natural convection in this paper.This work can be the reference of the further CFD simulation on temperature distributions of dry storage facility without thermal insulation panels.%秦山第三核电厂乏燃料干式贮存模块 QM-400是我国第一座投入商业运行的干式贮存设施,模块内的热量交换主要包括自然对流、热传导、耦合传热和辐射换热等。本文精确计算了典型环境温度下每个燃料篮的衰变热,运用商用计算流体动力学(CFD)软件 FLUENT 14.0开展了网格敏感性分析,并建立了 QM-400存储模块的自然对流 CFD 分析模型。结果表明,模块顶面、侧面以及贮存筒表面压力和温度分布符合自然对流规律,计算的测点温度与现场的实测温度符合良好,测点温度随环境温度的变化趋势也与实测趋势符合良好,证明了建立的 CFD 自然对流计算方法的正确性。本文结果为后续采用CFD 方法进行取消绝热板后的温度场计算奠定了基础。

  19. Fluvial Bank Erosion in the Meandering River Asker, UK: Insights from Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Modelling

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    Darby, S. E.; Rinaldi, M.; Rossi Romanelli, L.; Spyropoulos, E.

    2003-12-01

    River bank erosion often significantly contributes to the catchment sediment yield. Knowledge of the rates & controls on bank erosion events is therefore important in understanding sediment flux. In recent years progress has been made in understanding processes controlling large-scale mass failure (MF) of stream banks, but less attention has been paid to the role that direct fluvial erosion (FE) plays in bank retreat. This is an important omission, not only because FE is a significant process in its own right, but because FE also often triggers mass failure. FE models are typically of the form: E = k(τ - τ c)b where E is the bank erosion rate, τ is the applied fluid shear stress, τ c is the critical stress for entrainment of the bank material, k is an empirically-derived erodibility parameter, and b is an empirically-derived exponent, often assumed to be close to unity. To apply this model, accurate observations of applied fluid stresses, FE rates & bank erodibility are required. Recent developments in bank erosion monitoring technology [e.g. Lawler, 1993], and in the quantification of the bank erodibility parameters k and τ c using jet-testing devices [e.g. Hanson and Simon, 2001; Dapporto, 2001], offer the means of determining FE rates and bank erodibility. Nevertheless, the problem of collecting the high-resolution spatially-distributed data needed to characterise near-bank fluid stresses remains. One possible solution is to use Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models as a substitute for empirical data. CFD simulations potentially offer a means of acquiring near-bank, distributed, boundary shear stress data at very high spatial resolution. In contrast, empirical data sets of comparable spatial extent and resolution are very difficult to obtain, particularly during the large (competent) flows of interest here. The critical question is therefore whether CFD-derived data are sufficiently accurate for this purpose. Herein we evaluate a series of 3-dimensional

  20. Bonneville Powerhouse 2 Fish Guidance Efficiency Studies: CFD Model of the Forebay

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    Rakowski, Cynthia L.; Serkowski, John A.; Richmond, Marshall C.

    2012-07-01

    In ongoing work, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District (CENWP) is seeking to better understand and improve the conditions within the Bonneville Powerhouse 2 (B2) turbine intakes to improve survival of downstream migrant salmonid smolt. In this study, the existing B2 forebay computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model was modified to include a more detailed representation of all B2 turbine intakes. The modified model was validated to existing field-measured forebay ADCP velocities. The initial CFD model scenarios tested a single project operation and the impact of adding the Behavior Guidance System (BGS) or Corner Collector. These structures had impacts on forebay flows. Most notable was that the addition of the BGS and Corner Collector reduced the lateral extent of the recirculation areas on the Washington shore and Cascade Island and reduced the flow velocity parallel to the powerhouse in front of Units 11 and 12. For these same cases, at the turbine intakes across the powerhouse, there was very little difference in the flow volume into the gatewell for the clean forebay, and the forebay with the BGS in place and/or the Corner Collector operating. The largest differences were at Units 11 to 13. The CFD model cases testing the impact of the gatewell slot fillers showed no impact to the forebay flows, but large differences within the gatewells. With the slot fillers, the flow above the standard traveling screen and into the gatewell increased (about 100 cfs at each turbine intake) and the gap flow decreased across the powerhouse for all cases. The increased flow up the gatewell was further enhanced with only half the units operating. The flow into the gatewell slot was increased about 35 cfs for each bay of each intake across the powerhouse; this change was uniform across the powerhouse. The flows in the gatewell of Unit 12, the most impacted unit for the scenarios, was evaluated. In front of the vertical barrier screen, the CFD model with slot fillers

  1. CFD simulation of aerosol deposition in an anatomically based human large-medium airway model.

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    Ma, Baoshun; Lutchen, Kenneth R

    2009-02-01

    Quantitative data on aerosol deposition in the human respiratory tract are useful for understanding the causes of certain lung diseases and for designing efficient drug delivery systems via inhalation. In this study, aerosol deposition in a 3D anatomically based human large-medium airway model was simulated using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The model extended from mouth to generation 10 and included two-thirds of the airways obtained by multi-detector row computed tomography (MDCT) imaging on normal healthy human subjects. Steady oral inhalation (15, 30, and 60 L/min) and aerosol (1-30 micrometer) deposition were computed by CFD using the realizable k-epsilon turbulence model. Based on the mean turbulence flow field, the computed extrathoracic deposition, ratio of left to right lung deposition, and deposition efficiency at each generation compared favorably with existing in vivo and in vitro experiments. The significant deposition in the large-medium airway model showed that the total tracheobronchial deposition is dominated by the large-medium airways for micrometer-sized aerosol particles. These quantitative data and the methods developed in this study provided valuable means toward subject-specific modeling of aerosol deposition in the human lung based on realistic lung geometry. PMID:19082892

  2. iCFD: Interpreted Computational Fluid Dynamics – Degeneration of CFD to one-dimensional advection-dispersion models using statistical experimental design – The secondary clarifier

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    Guyonvarch, Estelle; Ramin, Elham; Kulahci, Murat;

    2015-01-01

    using the example of a circular secondary settling tank (SST). First, the significant design and flow factors are screened out by applying the statistical method of two-level fractional factorial design of experiments. Second, based on the number of significant factors identified through the factor...... discretization both in 2-D and 1-D was undertaken. Results suggest that the iCFD model developed for the SST through the proposed methodology is able to predict solid distribution with high accuracy – taking a reasonable computational effort – when compared to multi-dimensional numerical experiments, under a...

  3. A hydrodynamics-reaction kinetics coupled model for evaluating bioreactors derived from CFD simulation.

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    Wang, Xu; Ding, Jie; Guo, Wan-Qian; Ren, Nan-Qi

    2010-12-01

    Investigating how a bioreactor functions is a necessary precursor for successful reactor design and operation. Traditional methods used to investigate flow-field cannot meet this challenge accurately and economically. Hydrodynamics model can solve this problem, but to understand a bioreactor in sufficient depth, it is often insufficient. In this paper, a coupled hydrodynamics-reaction kinetics model was formulated from computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code to simulate a gas-liquid-solid three-phase biotreatment system for the first time. The hydrodynamics model is used to formulate prediction of the flow field and the reaction kinetics model then portrays the reaction conversion process. The coupled model is verified and used to simulate the behavior of an expanded granular sludge bed (EGSB) reactor for biohydrogen production. The flow patterns were visualized and analyzed. The coupled model also demonstrates a qualitative relationship between hydrodynamics and biohydrogen production. The advantages and limitations of applying this coupled model are discussed. PMID:20727741

  4. Prototype coupling of the CFD code ANSYS CFX with the 3D neutron kinetic core model DYN3D

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    Analyses of postulated reactivity initiated accidents in nuclear reactors are carried out using 3D neutron kinetic core models. The feedback is usually calculated using 1D thermal hydraulic models for channel flow, partly with the possibility of cross flow between these channels. A different possibility is the use of subchannel codes for the determination of the feedback. The code DYN3D developed at Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf is an example for a 3D neutron kinetic core model. In its basic version, the code contains models for the solution of the 3D neutron diffusion equation in two energy groups for fuel assemblies with rectangular and hexagonal cross section. Recently the code was extended to an arbitrary number of energy groups. Further, a simplified transport approximation for the flux calculation was implemented for fuel assemblies with quadratic cross section. The CFD code ANSYS CFX is the reference CFD code of the German CFD Network in Nuclear Reactor Safety. One of the goals of the co-operation inside this network is the development of CFD software for the simulation of multi-dimensional flows in reactor cooling systems. This includes the coupling of the CFD code ANSYS CFX with the 3D neutron kinetic core model DYN3D. (orig.)

  5. Experimental and CFD analysis for prediction of vortex and swirl angle in the pump sump station model

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    Kim, C. G.; Kim, B. H.; Bang, B. H.; Lee, Y. H.

    2015-01-01

    Sump model testing is mainly used to check flow conditions around the intake structure. In present paper, numerical simulation with SST turbulence model for a scaled sump model was carried out with air entrainment and two phases for prediction of locations of vortex generation. The sump model used for the CFD and experimental analysis was scaled down by a ratio of 1:10. The experiment was performed in Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU) and the flow conditions around pump's intake structure were investigated. In this study, uniformity of flow distribution in the pump intake channel was examined to find out the specific causes of vortex occurrence. Furthermore, the effectiveness of an Anti Vortex Device (AVD) to suppress the vortex occurrence in a single intake pump sump model was examined. CFD and experimental analysis carried out with and without AVDs produced very similar results. Without the AVDs, the maximum swirl angle obtained for experimental and CFD analysis were 10.9 and 11.3 degree respectively. Similarly, with AVDs, the maximum swirl angle obtained for experimental and CFD analysis was 2.7 and 0.2 degree respectively. So, with reference to the ANSI/HI 98 standard that permits a maximum swirl angle of 5 degree, the use of AVDs in experimental and CFD analysis produced very desirable results which is well within the limit.

  6. Validation of a CFD model simulating charge and discharge of a small heat storage test module based on a sodium acetate water mixture

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    Dannemand, Mark; Fan, Jianhua; Furbo, Simon;

    2014-01-01

    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model. The CFD calculated temperatures are compared to measured temperatures internally in the box to validate the CFD model. Four cases are investigated; heating the test module with the sodium acetate water mixture in solid phase from ambient temperature to 52˚C; heating the...... the crystallization, ending at ambient temperature with the sodium acetate water mixture in solid phase. Comparisons have shown reasonable good agreement between experimental measurements and theoretical simulation results for the investigated scenarios....

  7. CFD model of multiphase flow in the abrasive water jet tool

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    Říha, Zdeněk

    Ostrava: Ústav geoniky AV ČR, v.v.i, 2015 - (Sitek, L.; Klichová, D.), s. 157-163 ISBN 978-80-86407-56-2. [Vodní paprsek 2015 - výzkum, vývoj, aplikace. Velké Losiny (CZ), 06.10.2015-08.10.2015] R&D Projects: GA MŠk ED2.1.00/03.0082; GA MŠk(CZ) LO1406 Institutional support: RVO:68145535 Keywords : abrasive water jet * multiphase flow * CFD model Subject RIV: JQ - Machines ; Tools

  8. Comparison of CFD Natural Convection and Conduction-only Models for Heat Transfer in the Yucca Mountain Project Drifts

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    Yucca Mountain, Nevada has been designated as the nation's high-level radioactive waste repository and the U.S. Department of Energy has been approved to apply to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to construct a repository. Heat transfer in the Yucca Mountain Project (YMP) drift enclosures is an important aspect of repository waste emplacement. Canisters containing radioactive waste are to be emplaced in tunnels drilled 500 m below the ground surface. After repository closure, decaying heat is transferred from waste packages to the host rock by a combination of thermal radiation, natural convection and conduction heat transfer mechanism?. Current YMP mountain-scale and drift-scale numerical models often use a simplified porous medium code to model fluid and heat flow in the drift openings. To account for natural convection heat transfer, the thermal conductivity of the air was increased in the porous medium model. The equivalent thermal conductivity, defined as the ratio of total heat flow to conductive heat flow, used in the porous media models was based on horizontal concentric cylinders. Such modeling does not effectively capture turbulent natural convection in the open spaces as discussed by Webb et al. (2003) yet the approach is still widely used on the YMP project. In order to mechanistically model natural convection conditions in YMP drifts, the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code FLUENT (Fluent, Incorporated, 2001) has been used to model natural convection heat transfer in the YMP emplacement drifts. A two-dimensional (2D) model representative of YMP geometry (e.g., includes waste package, drip shield, invert and drift wall) has been developed and numerical simulations made (Francis et al., 2003). Using CFD simulation results for both natural convection and conduction-only heat transfer in a single phase, single component fluid, equivalent thermal conductivities have been calculated for different Rayleigh numbers. Correlation

  9. Galerkin CFD solvers for use in a multi-disciplinary suite for modeling advanced flight vehicles

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    Moffitt, Nicholas J.

    This work extends existing Galerkin CFD solvers for use in a multi-disciplinary suite. The suite is proposed as a means of modeling advanced flight vehicles, which exhibit strong coupling between aerodynamics, structural dynamics, controls, rigid body motion, propulsion, and heat transfer. Such applications include aeroelastics, aeroacoustics, stability and control, and other highly coupled applications. The suite uses NASA STARS for modeling structural dynamics and heat transfer. Aerodynamics, propulsion, and rigid body dynamics are modeled in one of the five CFD solvers below. Euler2D and Euler3D are Galerkin CFD solvers created at OSU by Cowan (2003). These solvers are capable of modeling compressible inviscid aerodynamics with modal elastics and rigid body motion. This work reorganized these solvers to improve efficiency during editing and at run time. Simple and efficient propulsion models were added, including rocket, turbojet, and scramjet engines. Viscous terms were added to the previous solvers to create NS2D and NS3D. The viscous contributions were demonstrated in the inertial and non-inertial frames. Variable viscosity (Sutherland's equation) and heat transfer boundary conditions were added to both solvers but not verified in this work. Two turbulence models were implemented in NS2D and NS3D: Spalart-Allmarus (SA) model of Deck, et al. (2002) and Menter's SST model (1994). A rotation correction term (Shur, et al., 2000) was added to the production of turbulence. Local time stepping and artificial dissipation were adapted to each model. CFDsol is a Taylor-Galerkin solver with an SA turbulence model. This work improved the time accuracy, far field stability, viscous terms, Sutherland?s equation, and SA model with NS3D as a guideline and added the propulsion models from Euler3D to CFDsol. Simple geometries were demonstrated to utilize current meshing and processing capabilities. Air-breathing hypersonic flight vehicles (AHFVs) represent the ultimate

  10. A CFD Model for High Pressure Liquid Poison Injection for CANDU-6 Shutdown System No. 2

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    In CANDU reactor one of the two reactor shutdown systems is the liquid poison injection system which injects the highly pressurized liquid neutron poison into the moderator tank via small holes on the nozzle pipes. To ensure the safe shutdown of a reactor it is necessary for the poison curtains generated by jets provide quick, and enough negative reactivity to the reactor during the early stage of the accident. In order to produce the neutron cross section necessary to perform this work, the poison concentration distribution during the transient is necessary. In this study, a set of models for analyzing the transient poison concentration induced by this high pressure poison injection jet activated upon the reactor trip in a CANDU-6 reactor moderator tank has been developed and used to generate the poison concentration distribution of the poison curtains induced by the high pressure jets injected into the vacant region between the pressure tube banks. The poison injection rate through the jet holes drilled on the nozzle pipes is obtained by a 1-D transient hydrodynamic code called, ALITRIG, and this injection rate is used to provide the inlet boundary condition to a 3-D CFD model of the moderator tank based on CFX4.3, a CFD code, to simulate the formation of the poison jet curtain inside the moderator tank. For validation, an attempt was made to validate this model against a poison injection experiment performed at BARC. As conclusion this set of models is judged to be appropriate. (authors)

  11. The 3-D CFD modeling of gas turbine combustor-integral bleed flow interaction

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    Chen, D. Y.; Reynolds, R. S.

    1993-01-01

    An advanced 3-D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model was developed to analyze the flow interaction between a gas turbine combustor and an integral bleed plenum. In this model, the elliptic governing equations of continuity, momentum and the k-e turbulence model were solved on a boundary-fitted, curvilinear, orthogonal grid system. The model was first validated against test data from public literature and then applied to a gas turbine combustor with integral bleed. The model predictions agreed well with data from combustor rig testing. The model predictions also indicated strong flow interaction between the combustor and the integral bleed. Integral bleed flow distribution was found to have a great effect on the pressure distribution around the gas turbine combustor.

  12. Validation of a FLUENT CFD model for hydrogen distribution in a containment

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    Highlights: ► NRG developed a CFD model to simulate the hydrogen distribution in the containment during a severe accident. ► The containment model is validated for the formation and break-up of a stable hydrogen-rich layer. ► Guidelines are obtained on mesh resolution, near-wall treatment and turbulence modeling. - Abstract: Hydrogen may be released into the containment atmosphere of a nuclear power plant during a severe accident. Locally, high hydrogen concentrations may be reached that can possibly cause fast deflagration or even detonation and put the integrity of the containment at risk. The distribution and mixing of hydrogen is, therefore, an important safety issue for nuclear power plants. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes can be applied to predict the hydrogen distribution in the containment within the course of a hypothetical severe accident and get an estimate of the local hydrogen concentration in the various zones of the containment. In this way the risk associated with the hydrogen safety issue can be determined, and safety related measurements and procedures could be assessed. In order to further validate the CFD containment model of NRG in the context of hydrogen distribution in the containment of a nuclear power plant, the HM-2 test performed in the German THAI (thermal-hydraulics, hydrogen, aerosols and iodine) facility is selected. In the first phase of the HM-2 test a stratified hydrogen-rich light gas layer was established in the upper part of the THAI containment. In the second phase steam was injected at a lower position. This induced a rising plume that gradually dissolved the stratified hydrogen-rich layer from below. Phenomena that are expected in severe accidents, like natural convection, turbulent mixing, condensation, heat transfer and distribution in different compartments, are simulated in this hypothetical severe accident scenario. The hydrogen distribution and associated physical phenomena monitored during the HM-2 test

  13. Propulsion Simulations Using Advanced Turbulence Models with the Unstructured Grid CFD Tool, TetrUSS

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    Abdol-Hamid, Khaled S.; Frink, Neal T.; Deere, Karen A.; Pandya, Mohangna J.

    2004-01-01

    A computational investigation has been completed to assess the capability of TetrUSS for exhaust nozzle flows. Three configurations were chosen for this study (1) an axisymmetric supersonic jet, (2) a transonic axisymmetric boattail with solid sting operated at different Reynolds number and Mach number, and (3) an isolated non-axisymmetric nacelle with a supersonic cruise nozzle. These configurations were chosen because existing experimental data provided a means for measuring the ability of TetrUSS for simulating complex nozzle flows. The main objective of this paper is to validate the implementation of advanced two-equation turbulence models in the unstructured-grid CFD code USM3D for propulsion flow cases. USM3D is the flow solver of the TetrUSS system. Three different turbulence models, namely, Menter Shear Stress Transport (SST), basic k epsilon, and the Spalart-Allmaras (SA) are used in the present study. The results are generally in agreement with other implementations of these models in structured-grid CFD codes. Results indicate that USM3D provides accurate simulations for complex aerodynamic configurations with propulsion integration.

  14. Validating CFD Models of Multiphase Mixing in the Waste Treatment Plant at the Hanford Site

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    The Columbia River in Washington State is threatened by the radioactive legacy of the cold war. Two hundred thousand cubic meters (fifty-three million US gallons) of radioactive waste is stored in 177 underground tanks (60% of the Nation's radioactive waste). A vast complex of waste treatment facilities is being built to convert this waste into stable glass (vitrification). The waste in these underground tanks is a combination of sludge, slurry, and liquid. The waste will be transported to a pre-treatment facility where it will be processed before vitrification. It is necessary to keep the solids in suspension during processing. The mixing devices selected for this task are known as pulse-jet mixers (PJMs). PJMs cyclically empty and refill with the contents of the vessel to keep it mixed. The transient operation of the PJMs has been proven successful in a number of applications, but needs additional evaluation to be proven effective for the slurries and requirements at the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP). Computational fluid dynamic (CFD) models of mixing vessels have been developed to demonstrate the ability of the PJMs to meet mixing criteria. Experimental studies have been performed to validate these models. These tests show good agreement with the transient multiphase CFD models developed for this engineering challenge. (authors)

  15. Experiments and CFD-modelling of insulation debris transport phenomena in water flow

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    The investigation of insulation debris generation, transport and sedimentation becomes important with regard to reactor safety research for PWR and BWR, when considering the long-term behavior of emergency core cooling systems during all types of loss of coolant accidents (LOCA). The insulation debris released near the break during a LOCA incident consists of a mixture of disparate particle population that varies with size, shape, consistency and other properties. Some fractions of the released insulation debris can be transported into the reactor sump, where it may perturb/impinge on the emergency core cooling systems. Open questions of generic interest are the sedimentation of the insulation debris in a water pool, its possible re-suspension and transport in the sump water flow and the particle load on strainers and corresponding pressure drop. A joint research project on such questions is being performed in cooperation between the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Goerlitz and the Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. The project deals with the experimental investigation of particle transport phenomena in coolant flow and the development of CFD models for its description. While the experiments are performed at the University at Zittau/Goerlitz, the theoretical modeling efforts are concentrated at Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. In the current paper the basic concepts for CFD modeling are described and feasibility studies including the conceptual design of the experiments are presented. (authors)

  16. CFD modeling of space-time evolution of fast pyrolysis products in a bench-scale fluidized-bed reactor

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    A model for the evolution of pyrolysis products in a fluidized bed has been developed. In this study the unsteady constitutive transport equations for inert gas flow and decomposition kinetics were modeled using the commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software FLUENT-12. The model system d...

  17. Towards a CFD Model for Prediction of Wind Turbine Power Losses due to Icing in Cold Climate

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    Pedersen, Marie Cecilie; Sørensen, Henrik

    Icing induced power losses is an important issue when operating wind turbines in cold climate. This paper presents a concept of modelling ice accretion on wind turbines using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). The modelling concept works towards unifying the processes of modelling ice accretion...

  18. Evaluation of source model coupled computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation of the dispersion of airborne contaminants in a work environment.

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    Salim, S M; Viswanathan, Shekar; Ray, Madhumita Bhowmick

    2006-12-01

    Dispersion of airborne contaminants in indoor air was evaluated employing physical measurement, empirical models, and computer simulation methods. Field data collected from a tray of evaporating solvent in the laboratory were compared with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations coupled with evaporation models. The results indicated that mathematical models of evaporation can be coupled with CFD simulations to produce reasonable qualitative predictions of airborne contaminant levels. The airflow pattern within a room is primarily determined by the room layout and the position of the air supply diffusers. Variations in ventilation rate did not alter the airflow pattern, thus generating a characteristic concentration profile of the airborne contaminants. PMID:17050350

  19. An integral CFD approach for the thermal simulation of the PBMR reactor unit

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    Kleingeld, Marius; Janse van Rensburg, Jacobus Johannes

    2011-01-01

    A CFD method was developed to conduct integral thermal reactor analysis for the complete Reactor Unit of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (Pty) Ltd (PBMR). The requirement was however also to include very detailed aspects such as leakage and bypass flow paths through the reflector blocks and sleeves. The aim was therefore to investigate the influence of leakage and bypass flow on the thermal performance of the Reactor Unit in an integral fashion. The focus of this paper is to discuss the method...

  20. Tracer experimental techniques for CFD model verification and validation in sugar crystallizer

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    In the framework of the CRP improvement of the experimental design for RTD tests at a pilot crystallizer was performed. A new approach for RTD studies in non-Newtonian fluids for flow patterns characterization at the pilot crystallizer was carried out. Batch mixing process was tested and the homogenization time for massecuite fluid close to seven hours proved that the crystallizers with relative low residence time that the Cuban sugar industry is trying to develop will achieve low exhaustion efficiency with significant sugar losses. The flow simulation was carried out by CFD Flotran in ANSYS 5.4 package. The possibility of RTD prediction on the basis of numerical solution of transport equations for fluid dynamics in a more simplified geometry of the crystallizer and molasses as fluid using transient analysis of temperature pulse spreading is discussed. Finally, taking in account that in complex flow structure, the most general Stimulus Response Method (SRM) based in point source response (PSR) is more suitable for CFD verification than the ambiguous, in some cases, RTD function, the design and preparation of a multipurpose relative long live 99Mo/99mTc point source device has been developed and special PC-program has been prepared for the interpolation of detector responses function. (author)

  1. CFD Modelling of Biomass Combustion in Small-Scale Boilers. Final Report

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    Xue-Song Bai; Griselin, Niklas; Klason, Torbern; Nilsson, Johan [Lund Inst. of Tech. (Sweden). Dept. of Heat and Power Engineering

    2002-10-01

    This project deals with CFD modeling of combustion of wood in fixed bed boilers. A flamelet model for the interaction between turbulence and chemical reactions is developed and applied to study small-scale boiler. The flamelet chemistry employs 43 reactive species and 174 elementary reactions. It gives detailed distributions of important species such as CO and NO{sub x} in the flow field and flue gas. Simulation of a small-scale wood fired boiler measured at SP Boraas (50 KW) shows that the current flamelet model yields results agreeable to the available experimental data. A detailed chemical kinetic model is developed to study the bed combustion process. This model gives boundary conditions for the CFD analysis of gas phase volatile oxidation in the combustion chambers. The model combines a Functional Group submodel with a Depolymerisation, Vaporisation and Crosslinking submodel. The FG submodel simulates how functional groups decompose and form light gas species. The DVC submodell predicts depolymerisation and vaporisation of the macromolecular network and this includes bridge breaking and crosslinking processes, where the wood structure breaks down to fragments. The light fragments form tar and the heavy ones form metaplast. Two boilers firing wood log/chips are studied using the FG-DVC model, one is the SP Boraas small-scale boiler (50 KW) and the other is the Sydkraft Malmoe Vaerme AB's Flintraennan large-scale boiler (55 MW). The fix bed is assumed to be two zones, a partial equilibrium drying/devolatilisation zone and an equilibrium zone. Three typical biomass conversion modes are simulated, a lean fuel combustion mode, a near-stoichiometric combustion and a fuel rich gasification mode. Detailed chemical species and temperatures at different modes are obtained. Physical interpretation is provided. Comparison of the computational results with experimental data shows that the model can reasonably simulate the fixed bed biomass conversion process. CFD

  2. Clearance Analysis and Leakage Flow CFD Model of a Two-Lobe Multi-Recompression Heater

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    Joseph C. Mollendorf

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports the results of a study on multi-recompression heating. This process employs a Roots-type mechanism to heat gases to very high temperatures by compressive gas heating. A CFD model predicting the leakage flows in the machine was developed, and an excellent comparison with experimental data taken on a two-lobe Roots blower was obtained. A “clearance analysis” was performed to show that the clearance between the impellers remains constant for 96% of the angles of rotation. Assuming a quasi-steady state, the CFD simulation was performed for a single angle of rotation. A three-dimensional analysis showed that the flow field is identical along the rotor length, except for the leakage through the end plates. Hence, the model was further simplified to a two-dimensional analysis. This research may provide guidance in predicting the leakage flows in other blowers of the same kind with a different geometry.

  3. Indoor radon level and dispersion study due to different type of building materials using CFD model

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    Indoor radon is known for the contributing factor to natural radiation exposure to mankind. Radon progeny gets deposited into the lungs and increase the probability of lung cancer. The underneath soil is the main source of indoor radon. There are several pathways by which radon can migrate from the soil to indoor environment which can accumulate into the less ventilated room or dwellings. The diffusing barriers for radon entry from soil and indoor environment interface depends upon the type of building martial used for the flooring purpose. For this purpose the radon exhalation rates from different type of flooring was taken from the literature. The floors made of soil, marble, concrete and granite are main types of floors which are studied during the present work. The values of radon exhalation rate corresponding to the different type building material used for the construction of floor are used as the input parameter in CFD based model to study out the radon levels and dispersion pattern in less ventilated room. It has been found that CFD modeling is a good method to estimate the radon behavior under different situations. The indoor radon levels are found to be high for the mud flooring compare to other type of flooring. The visualization of indoor radon gas is also different for the different types of building materials. (author)

  4. A 2.5D Single Passage CFD Model for Centrifugal Pumps

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    Nakamura S.; Ding, W.; Yano, K.

    1998-01-01

    This paper describes the single passage model based on CFD to analyze the flow in blade passages of a centrifugal pump. The model consists of the flow passage between two impeller blades and the spaces in the inlet eye as well as in the volute. The incompressible Navier-Stokes equations in the conservation form are solved by a finite difference method. The code is designed to investigate the velocity and pressure distributions and intended to investigate how the pump design affects fluid flow through the rotor as well as the pump performance. An early part of the paper investigates the behavior of the model as well as validity of the assumptions made in the model. Then, applications to a rotodynamic heart pump are presented.

  5. New weighted sum of gray gases model applicable to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling of oxy-fuel combustion

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    Yin, Chungen; Johansen, Lars Christian Riis; Rosendahl, Lasse; Kær, Søren Knudsen

    2010-01-01

    Radiation is the principal mode of heat transfer in furnaces. Models for gaseous radiative properties have been well established for air combustion. However, there is uncertainty regarding their applicability to oxy-fuel conditions. In this paper, a new and complete set of weighted sum of gray...... gases model (WSGGM) is derived, which is applicable to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling of both air-fuel and oxy-fuel combustion. First, a computer code is developed to evaluate the emissivity of any gas mixture at any condition by using the exponential wide band model (EWBM), and the...... guidelines on oxy-fuel modeling are recommended....

  6. Design of a decay tank for a pool type research reactor with a CFD model

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    A conceptual primary cooling system (PCS) was designed for adequate cooling of the core of a research reactor. The primary coolant after passing through the reactor core contains many kinds of radio-nuclides. A decay tank provides a delayed transit time to ensure that the N-16 activity decreases enough before the coolant leaves the decay tank's shielding room. The size of the decay tank should be enlarged to provide sufficient transit time. However, there was a limitation: to minimize the tank size, it should be designed with an internal baffle, which affects the pressure loss in the system and net positive suction head (NPSH) of the PCS pump. Therefore, the decay tank should be optimized for size and the internal baffle. A vertical type decay tank was chosen to optimize the geometrical arrangement of PCS and the vertical internal baffle was installed to minimize the number of internal structures. The preliminary geometry of the tank and the internal baffle were determined to satisfy the required delayed transit time by calculating the maximum velocity and the flow path length of the circular and the annular sections of the tank. The commercially available CFD model, FLUENT, which solves the Navier-Stokes and turbulent models, was used to specifically design the decay tank with the preliminarily calculated geometry and the related flow rate. Several turbulence models, standard k-ε model, renormalization group (RNG) model, and realizable k-ε model, were conducted to isolate the root cause of these differences. By comparing the results of the velocity profile and the characteristics of each model, a detailed design study was simulated using the realizable k-ε model. A user-defined scalar equation was solved to estimate the delayed transit time. The size and the internal baffle that satisfy the required transit time were determined based on the CFD results. (author)

  7. Geometry optimization of a fibrous scaffold based on mathematical modelling and CFD simulation of adynamic cell culture

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    Tajsoleiman, Tannaz; J. Abdekhodaie, Mohammad; Gernaey, Krist;

    2016-01-01

    the main bottlenecks in this type of processes. In this regard, mathematical modelling and computational fluid dynamics simulation (CFD) are powerful tools to identify an efficient and optimized design by providing reliable insights of the process. This study presents a mathematical model and CFD...... simulation of cartilage cell culture under a perfusion flow, which allows not only to characterize the supply of nutrients and metabolic products inside a fibrous scaffold, but also to assess the overall culture condition and predict the cell growth rate. Afterwards, the simulation results supported finding...

  8. Cfd Modeling of Iter Cable-In Superconductors. Part v: Combined Momentum and Heat Transfer in Rib Roughened Pipes

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    Zanino, R.; Giors, S.

    2008-03-01

    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques have been proposed and applied in a series of papers to analyze cable-in-conduit conductors (CICC) for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). Previous work on the pressure drop in the central channel of ITER CICC is extended here to the problem of combined heat and momentum transfer. The CFD model, solved by the FLUENT commercial code, is first validated against 2D and 3D data from compact heat exchangers, showing good agreement. The Colburn analogy between the friction factor f and the Nusselt number Nu is not verified in the considered 2D geometries, as shown by both experiment and simulation. The validated CFD model is finally applied to the 3D analysis of central channel-like geometries relevant for ITER CICC. It is shown that the heat transfer coefficient on the central channel side stays relatively close to the smooth-pipe (Dittus-Boelter) value.

  9. Development of an unresolved CFD-DEM model for the flow of viscous suspensions and its application to solid-liquid mixing

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    Blais, Bruno; Lassaigne, Manon; Goniva, Christoph; Fradette, Louis; Bertrand, François

    2016-08-01

    Although viscous solid-liquid mixing plays a key role in the industry, the vast majority of the literature on the mixing of suspensions is centered around the turbulent regime of operation. However, the laminar and transitional regimes face considerable challenges. In particular, it is important to know the minimum impeller speed (Njs) that guarantees the suspension of all particles. In addition, local information on the flow patterns is necessary to evaluate the quality of mixing and identify the presence of dead zones. Multiphase computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a powerful tool that can be used to gain insight into local and macroscopic properties of mixing processes. Among the variety of numerical models available in the literature, which are reviewed in this work, unresolved CFD-DEM, which combines CFD for the fluid phase with the discrete element method (DEM) for the solid particles, is an interesting approach due to its accurate prediction of the granular dynamics and its capability to simulate large amounts of particles. In this work, the unresolved CFD-DEM method is extended to viscous solid-liquid flows. Different solid-liquid momentum coupling strategies, along with their stability criteria, are investigated and their accuracies are compared. Furthermore, it is shown that an additional sub-grid viscosity model is necessary to ensure the correct rheology of the suspensions. The proposed model is used to study solid-liquid mixing in a stirred tank equipped with a pitched blade turbine. It is validated qualitatively by comparing the particle distribution against experimental observations, and quantitatively by compairing the fraction of suspended solids with results obtained via the pressure gauge technique.

  10. Actuator forces in CFD: RANS and LES modeling in OpenFOAM

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    Wind turbine wakes are a very challenging topic for scientific computations, but modern CFD frameworks and latest HPC centers allow setting up numerical computations on the wake induced by the wind turbine. The main issues is that the correct modeling of the wake is related to the correct modeling of the interaction between the blade and the incoming flow. The aim of the proposed work is to estimate the aerodynamic forces acting on the blades in order to correctly generate the rotor wake applying equivalent aerodynamic force source on the flow. The definition of a blade forces is done developing a model able to correctly estimate this aerodynamic forces as a function of the local flow seen by the blade during its revolution

  11. CFD Analysis of a Slug Mixing Experiment Conducted on a VVER-1000 Model

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A commercial CFD code was applied, for validation purposes, to the simulation of a slug mixing experiment carried out at OKB “Gidropress” scaled facility in the framework of EC TACIS project R2.02/02: “Development of safety analysis capabilities for VVER-1000 transients involving spatial variations of coolant properties (temperature or boron concentration at core inlet.” Such experimental model reproduces a VVER-1000 nuclear reactor and is aimed at investigating the in-vessel mixing phenomena. The addressed experiment involves the start-up of one of the four reactor coolant pumps (the other three remaining idle, and the presence of a tracer slug on the starting loop, which is thus transported to the reactor pressure vessel where it mixes with the clear water. Such conditions may occur in a boron dilution scenario, hence the relevance of the addressed phenomena for nuclear reactor safety. Both a pretest and a posttest CFD simulations of the mentioned experiment were performed, which differ in the definition of the boundary conditions (based either on nominal quantities or on measured quantities, resp.. The numerical results are qualitatively and quantitatively analyzed and compared against the measured data in terms of space and time tracer distribution at the core inlet. The improvement of the results due to the optimization of the boundary conditions is evidenced, and a quantification of the simulation accuracy is proposed.

  12. CFD Model of Dense Gas-solid Systems in Jetting Fl uidized Beds

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    2002-01-01

    A CFD code has been developed based on the conservation principles describing gas and solid flow in fluidized beds. This code is employed to simulate not only the spatiotemporal gas- and solid-phase velocities and voidage profiles in a two-dimensional bed but also fluid dynamics in the jet region. The computational results show that gas flow direction is upward in the entire bed accompanied with random local circulations, whilst solid flow direction is upward at the center and downward near the wall. The radical reason of strong back-mixing of solid particles and good transfer behavior between two phases is that the jet entrains solid particles. Numerical calculation indicates that gas velocity, solid velocity and pressure profile have a significant change when the voidage is 0. 8. The simulated time-averaged voidage profiles agree with the experimental results and simulated data reported by Gidaspow and Ettehadieh(1983). Therefore, CFD model can be regarded as a useful tool to study the jet characteristics in dense gas-solid fluidized beds.

  13. Investigation on the Use of a Multiphase Eulerian CFD solver to simulate breaking waves

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    Tomaselli, Pietro D.; Christensen, Erik Damgaard

    2015-01-01

    investigation on a CFD model capable of handling this problem. The model is based on a solver, available in the open-source CFD toolkit OpenFOAM, which combines the Eulerian multi-fluid approach for dispersed flows with a numerical interface sharpening method. The solver, enhanced with additional formulations...

  14. Estimation of Radius Ratio in a Fin Using Inverse CFD Model

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    Ranjan Das

    2011-03-01

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    This article deals with the retrieval of parameters such as the radius-ratio in a rectangular fin using an inverse CFD model involving a mixed boundary condition. At first, the temperature field is obtained from a forward problem using the finite difference method (FDM in which the inner and outer radii or the radius-ratio is assumed to be known. Next, by an inverse approach using the FDM in conjunction with the genetic algorithm (GA, the inner and outer radii or the radius-ratio is retrieved. To accomplish the task, an objective function represented by the sum of square of the error between the guessed and the exact/measured temperature fields is minimized. Apart from demonstrating the suitability of the FDM

  15. Validation of CFD Simulations of Cerebral Aneurysms With Implication of Geometric Variations

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    Hoi, Yiemeng; Woodward, Scott H.; Kim, Minsuok; Taulbee, Dale B.; Meng, Hui

    2006-01-01

    Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations using medical-image-based anatomical vascular geometry are now gaining clinical relevance. This study aimed at validating the CFD methodology for studying cerebral aneurysms by using particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurements, with a focus on the effects of small geometric variations in aneurysm models on the flow dynamics obtained with CFD. Method of Approach. An experimental phantom was fabricated out of silicone elastomer to best mimic a sp...

  16. 3D CFD Electrochemical And Heat Transfer Model Of An Internally Manifolded Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell

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    A three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) electrochemical model has been created to model high-temperature electrolysis cell performance and steam electrolysis in an internally manifolded planar solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) stack. This design is being evaluated at the Idaho National Laboratory for hydrogen production from nuclear power and process heat. Mass, momentum, energy, and species conservation and transport are provided via the core features of the commercial CFD code FLUENT. A solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) model adds the electrochemical reactions and loss mechanisms and computation of the electric field throughout the cell. The FLUENT SOFC user-defined subroutine was modified for this work to allow for operation in the SOEC mode. Model results provide detailed profiles of temperature, operating potential, steam-electrode gas composition, oxygen-electrode gas composition, current density and hydrogen production over a range of stack operating conditions. Single-cell and five-cell results will be presented. Flow distribution through both models is discussed. Flow enters from the bottom, distributes through the inlet plenum, flows across the cells, gathers in the outlet plenum and flows downward making an upside-down ''U'' shaped flow pattern. Flow and concentration variations exist downstream of the inlet holes. Predicted mean outlet hydrogen and steam concentrations vary linearly with current density, as expected. Effects of variations in operating temperature, gas flow rate, oxygen-electrode and steam-electrode current density, and contact resistance from the base case are presented. Contour plots of local electrolyte temperature, current density, and Nernst potential indicate the effects of heat transfer, reaction cooling/heating, and change in local gas composition. Results are discussed for using this design in the electrolysis mode. Discussion of thermal neutral voltage, enthalpy of reaction, hydrogen production, cell thermal

  17. Coupling of the 3D neutron kinetic core model DYN3D with the CFD software ANSYS-CFX

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    Highlights: • Improved thermal hydraulic description of nuclear reactor cores. • Possibility of three-dimensional flow phenomena in the core, such as cross flow, flow reversal, flow around obstacles. • Simulation at higher spatial resolution as compared to system codes. - Abstract: This article presents the implementation of a coupling between the 3D neutron kinetic core model DYN3D and the commercial, general purpose computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software ANSYS-CFX. In the coupling approach, parts of the thermal hydraulic calculation are transferred to CFX for its better ability to simulate the three-dimensional coolant redistribution in the reactor core region. The calculation of the heat transfer from the fuel into the coolant remains with DYN3D, which incorporates well tested and validated heat transfer models for rod-type fuel elements. On the CFX side, the core region is modeled based on the porous body approach. The implementation of the code coupling is verified by comparing test case results with reference solutions of the DYN3D standalone version. Test cases cover mini and full core geometries, control rod movement and partial overcooling transients

  18. Application of CFD Modeling to Hydrodynamics of CycloBio Fluidized Sand Bed in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems

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    LIU Yao; SONG Xiefa; LIANG Zhenlin; PENG Lei

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    To improve the efficiency of a CycloBio fluidized sand bed (CB FSB) in removal of dissolved wastes in recirculating aquaculture systems, the hydrodynamics of solid-liquid flow was investigated using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling tools. The dynamic characteristics of silica sand within the CB FSB were determined using three-dimensional, unsteady-state simula-tions with the granular Eulerian multiphase approach and the RNG k-ε turbulence model, and the simulation results were validated using available lab-scale measurements. The bed expansion of CB FSB increased with the increase in water inflow rate in numerical simulations. Upon validation, the simulation involving 0.55 mm particles, the Gidaspow correlation for drag coefficient model and the Syamlal-O’Brien correlation for kinetic granular viscosity showed the closest match to the experimental results. The volume frac-tion of numerical simulations peaked as the wall was approached. The hydrodynamics of a pilot-scale CB FSB was simulated in or-der to predict the range of water flow to avoid the silica sand overflowing. The numerical simulations were in agreement with the experimental results qualitatively and quantitatively, and thus can be used to study the hydrodynamics of solid-liquid multiphase flow in CB FSB, which is of importance to the design, optimization, and amplification of CB FSBs.

  19. Temperature Field-Wind Velocity Field Optimum Control of Greenhouse Environment Based on CFD Model

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The computational fluid dynamics technology is applied as the environmental control model, which can include the greenhouse space. Basic environmental factors are set to be the control objects, the field information is achieved via the division of layers by height, and numerical characteristics of each layer are used to describe the field information. Under the natural ventilation condition, real-time requirements, energy consumption, and distribution difference are selected as index functions. The optimization algorithm of adaptive simulated annealing is used to obtain optimal control outputs. A comparison with full-open ventilation shows that the whole index can be reduced at 44.21% and found that a certain mutual exclusiveness exists between the temperature and velocity field in the optimal course. All the results indicate that the application of CFD model has great advantages to improve the control accuracy of greenhouse.

  20. CFD model of thermal and velocity conditions in a particular indoor environment

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    Mora Perez, Miguel; Lopez Patino, Gonzalo; Lopez Jimenez, P. Amparo [Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering Department, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Spain); Guillen Guillamon, Ignacio [Applied Physics Department, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Spain)

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    The demand for maintaining high indoor environmental quality (IEQ) with the minimum energy consumption is rapidly increasing. In the recent years, several studies have been completed to investigate the impact of indoor environment factors on human comfort, health and energy efficiency. Therefore, the design of the thermal environment in any sort of room, specially offices, has huge economic consequences. In this paper, a particular analysis on the air temperature in a multi-task room environment is modeled, in order to represent the velocities and temperatures inside the room by using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques. This model will help to designers to analyze the thermal comfort regions inside the studied air volume and to visualize the whole temperatures inside the room, determining the effect of the fresh external incoming air in the internal air temperature.

  1. Parametric sensitivity of a CFD model concerning the hydrodynamics of trickle-bed reactor (TBR

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    Janecki Daniel

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present study was to investigate the sensitivity of a multiphase Eulerian CFD model with respect to relations defining drag forces between phases. The mean relative error as well as standard deviation of experimental and computed values of pressure gradient and average liquid holdup were used as validation criteria of the model. Comparative basis for simulations was our own data-base obtained in experiments carried out in a TBR operating at a co-current downward gas and liquid flow. Estimated errors showed that the classical equations of Attou et al. (1999 defining the friction factors Fjk approximate experimental values of hydrodynamic parameters with the best agreement. Taking this into account one can recommend to apply chosen equations in the momentum balances of TBR.

  2. Explosion characteristics of methane for CFD modeling and simulation of turbulent gas flow behavior during explosion

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    Skřínský, Jan; Vereš, Ján; Peer, Václav; Friedel, Pavel

    2016-06-01

    The effect of initial concentration on the explosion behavior of a stoichiometric CH4/O2/N2 mixture under air-combustion conditions was studied. Two mathematical models were used with the aim at simulating the gas explosion in the middle scale explosion vessel, and the associated effects of the temperature for different gas/air concentrations. Peak pressure, maximum rate of pressure rise and laminar burning velocity were measured from pressure time records of explosions occurring in a 1 m3 closed cylindrical vessel. The results of the models were validated considering a set of data (pressure time histories and root mean square velocity). The obtained results are relevant to the practice of gas explosion testing and the interpretation of test results and, they should be taken as the input data for CFD simulation to improve the conditions for standard tests.

  3. Use of CFD modeling for estimating spatial representativeness of urban air pollution monitoring sites and suitability of their locations

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    A methodology to estimate the spatial representativeness of air pollution monitoring sites is applied to two urban districts. This methodology is based on high resolution maps of air pollution computed by using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling tools. Traffic-emitted NO2 dispersion is simulated for several meteorological conditions taking into account the effect of the buildings on air flow and pollutant dispersion and using a steady state CFD-RANS approach. From these results, maps of average pollutant concentrations for January -May 2011 are computed as a combination of the simulated scenarios. Two urban districts of Madrid City were simulated. Spatial representativeness areas for 32 different sites within the same district (including the site of the operative air quality stations) have been estimated by computing the portion of the domains with average NO2 concentration differing less than a 20% of the concentration at each candidate monitoring site. New parameters such as the ratio AR between the representativeness area and the whole domain area or the representativeness index (IR) has been proposed to discuss and compare the representativeness areas. Significant differences between the spatial representativeness of the candidate sites of both studied districts have been found. The sites of the Escuelas Aguirre district have generally smaller representativeness areas than those of the Plaza de Castilla. More stations are needed to cover the Escuelas Aguirre district than for the Plaza de Castilla one. The operative air quality station of the Escuelas Aguirre district is less representative than the station of the Plaza de Castilla district. The cause of these differences seems to be the differences in urban structure of both districts prompting different ventilation. (Author)

  4. Numerical aerodynamic analysis of bluff bodies at a high Reynolds number with three-dimensional CFD modeling

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    Bai, YuGuang; Yang, Kai; Sun, DongKe; Zhang, YuGuang; Kennedy, David; Williams, Fred; Gao, XiaoWei

    2013-02-01

    This paper focuses on numerical simulations of bluff body aerodynamics with three-dimensional CFD (computational fluid dynamics) modeling, where a computational scheme for fluid-structure interactions is implemented. The choice of an appropriate turbulence model for the computational modeling of bluff body aerodynamics using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional CFD numerical simulations is also considered. An efficient mesh control method which employs the mesh deformation technique is proposed to achieve better simulation results. Several long-span deck sections are chosen as examples which were stationary and pitching at a high Reynolds number. With the proposed CFD method and turbulence models, the force coefficients and flutter derivatives thus obtained are compared with the experimental measurement results and computed values completely from commercial software. Finally, a discussion on the effects of oscillation amplitude on the flutter instability of a bluff body is carried out with extended numerical simulations. These numerical analysis results demonstrate that the proposed three-dimensional CFD method, with proper turbulence modeling, has good accuracy and significant benefits for aerodynamic analysis and computational FSI studies of bluff bodies.

  5. Application of CFD modelling at a full-scale ozonation plant for the removal of micropollutants from secondary effluent.

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    Launer, M; Lyko, S; Fahlenkamp, H; Jagemann, P; Ehrhard, P

    2013-01-01

    Since November 2009, Germany's first full-scale ozonation plant for tertiary treatment of secondary effluent is in continuous operation. A kinetic model was developed and combined with the commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software ANSYS(®) CFX(®) to simulate the removal of micropollutants from secondary effluents. Input data like reaction rate constants and initial concentrations of bulk components of the effluent organic matter (EfOM) were derived from experimental batch tests. Additionally, well-known correlations for the mass transfer were implemented into the simulation model. The CFD model was calibrated and validated by full-scale process data and by analytical measurements for micropollutants. The results show a good consistency of simulated values and measured data. Therewith, the validated CFD model described in this study proved to be suited for the application of secondary effluent ozonation. By implementing site-specific ozone exposition and the given reactor geometry the described CFD model can be easily adopted for similar applications. PMID:24056432

  6. Modelling of massive particulates for breakwater engineering using coupled FEMDEM and CFD

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    2008-01-01

    The seaward slope of many breakwaters consists of thousands of interlocking units of rock or concrete comprising a massive granular system of large elements each weighing tens of tonnes.The dumped quarry materials in the core are protected by progressively coarser particulates.The outer armour layer of freely placed units is intended to both dissipate wave energy and remain structurally stable as strong flows are drawn in and out of the particulate core.Design guidance on the mass and shape of these units is based on empirical equations derived from sealed physical model tests.The main failure mode for armour layers exposed to severe storms is hydraulic instability where the armour units of concrete or rock are subjected to uplift and drag forces which can in turn lead to rocking,displacement and collisions sufficient to cause breakage of units.Recently invented armour unit designs making up such granular layered system owe much of their success to the desirable emergent properties of interlock and porosity and how these combine with individual unit structural strength and inertial mass. Fundamental understanding of the forces governing such wave-structure interaction remains poor.We use discrete element and combined finite-discrete element methods to model the granular solid skeleton of randomly packed units coupled to a CFD code which resolves the wave dynamics through an interface tracking technique.The CFD code exploits several methods including a compressive advection scheme, node movement, and general mesh optimization.We provide the engineering context and report progress towards the numerical modelling of instability in these massive granular systems.

  7. Issues in the validation of CFD modelling of semi-solid metal forming

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    Modelling of die filling during semi-solid metal processing (thixoforming) places particular demands on the CFD package being used. Not only are the velocities of the metal slurry in the die very high, the viscosity is too. Furthermore, the viscosity changes with shear rate (i.e. with changes in cross sectional area of the region the slurry travels through) and with time, as the injected material is thixotropic. The CFD software therefore requires good free surface tracking, accurate implicit solutions of the flow equations (as the CPU times for explicit solutions at high viscosities are impractical) and a model that adequately describes the slurry thixotropy. Finally, reliable, experimentally determined viscosity data are required. This paper describes the experiments on tin-lead and aluminium alloy slurries using compressive tests and rotating cylinder viscometry, followed by modelling using FLOW-3D. This package is known for its ability to track free surfaces accurately. Compressive tests allow rapid changes in shear rate to be imparted to the slurry, without wall slip, while the simple geometry of the viscometer makes it possible to compare analytical and numerical solutions. It is shown that the implicit viscous solver in its original form can reproduce the general trends found in the compressive and viscometry tests. However, sharp changes in shear rate lead to overestimation of pressure gradients in the slurry, making it difficult to separate these effects from those due to thixotropic breakdown. In order to achieve this separation, it is necessary to implement a more accurate implicit solver, which is currently under development. (author)

  8. A hybrid CFD-DSMC model designed to simulate rapidly rarefying flow fields and its application to physical vapor deposition

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    Gott, Kevin

    This research endeavors to better understand the physical vapor deposition (PVD) vapor transport process by determining the most appropriate fluidic model to design PVD coating manufacturing. An initial analysis was completed based on the calculation of Knudsen number from titanium vapor properties. The results show a dense Navier-Stokes solver best describes flow near the evaporative source, but the material properties suggest expansion into the chamber may result in a strong drop in density and a rarefied flow close to the substrate. A hybrid CFD-DSMC solver is constructed in OpenFOAM for rapidly rarefying flow fields such as PVD vapor transport. The models are patched together combined using a new patching methodology designed to take advantage of the one-way motion of vapor from the CFD region to the DSMC region. Particles do not return to the dense CFD region, therefore the temperature and velocity can be solved independently in each domain. This novel technique allows a hybrid method to be applied to rapidly rarefying PVD flow fields in a stable manner. Parameter studies are performed on a CFD, Navier-Stokes continuum based compressible solver, a Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) rarefied particle solver, a collisionless free molecular solver and the hybrid CFD-DSMC solver. The radial momentum at the inlet and radial diffusion characteristics in the flow field are shown to be the most important to achieve an accurate deposition profile. The hybrid model also shows sensitivity to the shape of the CFD region and rarefied regions shows sensitivity to the Knudsen number. The models are also compared to each other and appropriate experimental data to determine which model is most likely to accurately describe PVD coating deposition processes. The Navier-Stokes solvers are expected to yield backflow across the majority of realistic inlet conditions, making their physics unrealistic for PVD flow fields. A DSMC with improved collision model may yield an accurate

  9. Wind Loads on Ships and Offshore Structures Determined by Model Tests, CFD and Full-Scale Measurements

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    Aage, Christian

    1998-01-01

    -scale measurements have been carried out as well. The CFD method also offers the possibility of a computational estimate of scale effects related to wind tunnel model testing. An example of such an estimate on the ferry is discussed. This work has been published in more details in Proceedings of BOSS'97, Aage et al...

  10. CFD Simulation and Experimental Validation of Fluid Flow and Particle Transport in a Model of Alveolated Airways.

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    Ma, Baoshun; Ruwet, Vincent; Corieri, Patricia; Theunissen, Raf; Riethmuller, Michel; Darquenne, Chantal

    2009-05-01

    Accurate modeling of air flow and aerosol transport in the alveolated airways is essential for quantitative predictions of pulmonary aerosol deposition. However, experimental validation of such modeling studies has been scarce. The objective of this study is to validate CFD predictions of flow field and particle trajectory with experiments within a scaled-up model of alveolated airways. Steady flow (Re = 0.13) of silicone oil was captured by particle image velocimetry (PIV), and the trajectories of 0.5 mm and 1.2 mm spherical iron beads (representing 0.7 to 14.6 mum aerosol in vivo) were obtained by particle tracking velocimetry (PTV). At twelve selected cross sections, the velocity profiles obtained by CFD matched well with those by PIV (within 1.7% on average). The CFD predicted trajectories also matched well with PTV experiments. These results showed that air flow and aerosol transport in models of human alveolated airways can be simulated by CFD techniques with reasonable accuracy. PMID:20161301

  11. CFD modeling of two phase flow in asymmetric rotating disc contactor

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    The present work includes CFD modeling of ARDC to generate data related to hydrodynamics in different regions and to understand phase interaction for two phase flow. The system fluids were phosphoric acid as continuous phase and Organo-phosphorus solvent as dispersed phase for uranium extraction from phosphoric acid. Plots of parameters related to hydrodynamics and mass transfer like axial velocity, radial velocity, velocity magnitude, and pressure and volume fraction of phases are generated which are important for design and to understand the contacting phenomenon in multistage agitated column. Time dependent analysis of two phase interaction has been done to simulate actual phenomenon. Special emphasis is given to the critical design and operation parameters. Resultant to the above work, for a typical case of 250 rpm, light phase volume friction is displayed and results of simulation are summarized

  12. Evaluating the catching performance of aerodynamic rain gauges through field comparisons and CFD modelling

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    Pollock, Michael; Colli, Matteo; Stagnaro, Mattia; Lanza, Luca; Quinn, Paul; Dutton, Mark; O'Donnell, Greg; Wilkinson, Mark; Black, Andrew; O'Connell, Enda

    2016-04-01

    Accurate rainfall measurement is a fundamental requirement in a broad range of applications including flood risk and water resource management. The most widely used method of measuring rainfall is the rain gauge, which is often also considered to be the most accurate. In the context of hydrological modelling, measurements from rain gauges are interpolated to produce an areal representation, which forms an important input to drive hydrological models and calibrate rainfall radars. In each stage of this process another layer of uncertainty is introduced. The initial measurement errors are propagated through the chain, compounding the overall uncertainty. This study looks at the fundamental source of error, in the rainfall measurement itself; and specifically addresses the largest of these, the systematic 'wind-induced' error. Snowfall is outside the scope. The shape of a precipitation gauge significantly affects its collection efficiency (CE), with respect to a reference measurement. This is due to the airflow around the gauge, which causes a deflection in the trajectories of the raindrops near the gauge orifice. Computational Fluid-Dynamic (CFD) simulations are used to evaluate the time-averaged airflows realized around the EML ARG100, EML SBS500 and EML Kalyx-RG rain gauges, when impacted by wind. These gauges have a similar aerodynamic profile - a shape comparable to that of a champagne flute - and they are used globally. The funnel diameter of each gauge, respectively, is 252mm, 254mm and 127mm. The SBS500 is used by the UK Met Office and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency. Terms of comparison are provided by the results obtained for standard rain gauge shapes manufactured by Casella and OTT which, respectively, have a uniform and a tapered cylindrical shape. The simulations were executed for five different wind speeds; 2, 5, 7, 10 and 18 ms-1. Results indicate that aerodynamic gauges have a different impact on the time-averaged airflow patterns

  13. The Application of CFD to Ventilation Calculations at Yucca Mountain

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    Danko, G.; Bahrami, D.

    2002-02-27

    This paper presents the results of the application of CFD to ventilation calculations at Yucca Mountain using MULTIFLUX. Seven cases were selected to study the effect of the heat transport coefficient on the drift wall temperature distribution. It was concluded that variable heat transport coefficients such as those given by the differential-parameter CFD used in MULTIFLUX are considered the most appropriate approach of all cases presented. This CFD model agrees well with FLUENT results and produces the lowest temperature results, which is favorable to ventilation performance.

  14. Propellant Chemistry for CFD Applications

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    Farmer, R. C.; Anderson, P. G.; Cheng, Gary C.

    1996-01-01

    Current concepts for reusable launch vehicle design have created renewed interest in the use of RP-1 fuels for high pressure and tri-propellant propulsion systems. Such designs require the use of an analytical technology that accurately accounts for the effects of real fluid properties, combustion of large hydrocarbon fuel modules, and the possibility of soot formation. These effects are inadequately treated in current computational fluid dynamic (CFD) codes used for propulsion system analyses. The objective of this investigation is to provide an accurate analytical description of hydrocarbon combustion thermodynamics and kinetics that is sufficiently computationally efficient to be a practical design tool when used with CFD codes such as the FDNS code. A rigorous description of real fluid properties for RP-1 and its combustion products will be derived from the literature and from experiments conducted in this investigation. Upon the establishment of such a description, the fluid description will be simplified by using the minimum of empiricism necessary to maintain accurate combustion analyses and including such empirical models into an appropriate CFD code. An additional benefit of this approach is that the real fluid properties analysis simplifies the introduction of the effects of droplet sprays into the combustion model. Typical species compositions of RP-1 have been identified, surrogate fuels have been established for analyses, and combustion and sooting reaction kinetics models have been developed. Methods for predicting the necessary real fluid properties have been developed and essential experiments have been designed. Verification studies are in progress, and preliminary results from these studies will be presented. The approach has been determined to be feasible, and upon its completion the required methodology for accurate performance and heat transfer CFD analyses for high pressure, tri-propellant propulsion systems will be available.

  15. Mitigation of turbidity currents in reservoirs with passive retention systems: validation of CFD modeling

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    Ferreira, E.; Alves, E.; Ferreira, R. M. L.

    2012-04-01

    Sediment deposition by continuous turbidity currents may affect eco-environmental river dynamics in natural reservoirs and hinder the maneuverability of bottom discharge gates in dam reservoirs. In recent years, innovative techniques have been proposed to enforce the deposition of turbidity further upstream in the reservoir (and away from the dam), namely, the use of solid and permeable obstacles such as water jet screens , geotextile screens, etc.. The main objective of this study is to validate a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code applied to the simulation of the interaction between a turbidity current and a passive retention system, designed to induce sediment deposition. To accomplish the proposed objective, laboratory tests were conducted where a simple obstacle configuration was subjected to the passage of currents with different initial sediment concentrations. The experimental data was used to build benchmark cases to validate the 3D CFD software ANSYS-CFX. Sensitivity tests of mesh design, turbulence models and discretization requirements were performed. The validation consisted in comparing experimental and numerical results, involving instantaneous and time-averaged sediment concentrations and velocities. In general, a good agreement between the numerical and the experimental values is achieved when: i) realistic outlet conditions are specified, ii) channel roughness is properly calibrated, iii) two equation k - ɛ models are employed iv) a fine mesh is employed near the bottom boundary. Acknowledgements This study was funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology through the project PTDC/ECM/099485/2008. The first author thanks the assistance of Professor Moitinho de Almeida from ICIST and to all members of the project and of the Fluvial Hydraulics group of CEHIDRO.

  16. The application of CFD modelling to support the reduction of CO2 emissions in cement industry

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    The cement industry is one of the leading producers of anthropogenic greenhouse gases, of which CO2 is the most significant. Recently, researchers have invested a considerable amount of time studying ways to improve energy consumption and pollutant formation in the overall cement manufacturing process. One idea involves dividing the calcination and clinkering processes into two separate furnaces. The calcination process is performed in a calciner while the clinkering process takes place in a rotary kiln. As this is new technology in the cement manufacturing process, calciners are still in the research and development phase. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the potential of CFD to support the design and optimization of calciners, whose use appears to be essential in reduction of CO2 emission during cement production. The mathematical model of the calcination process was developed, validated and implemented into a commercial CFD code, which was then used for the analysis. From the results obtained by these simulations, researchers will gain an in-depth understanding of all thermo-chemical reactions in a calciner. This understanding can be used to optimize the calciner's geometry, to make production more efficient, to lower pollutant formation and to subsequently reduce greenhouse gas emissions. -- Highlights: ► The potential of CO2 emissions reduction, by using a cement calciner was presented. ► When a cement calciner is used, CO2 emissions reduction of 3–4% can be achieved. ► The calcination model was developed, validated, and then used for the analysis. ► Shown method can be applied for investigation and optimization of cement calciners.

  17. Convective heat transfer coefficients for exterior building surfaces: Existing correlations and CFD modelling

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    Convective heat transfer at exterior building surfaces has an impact on the design and performance of building components such as double-skin facades, solar collectors, solar chimneys and ventilated photovoltaic arrays, and also affects the thermal climate and cooling load in urban areas. In this study, an overview is given of existing correlations of the exterior convective heat transfer coefficient (CHTC) with the wind speed, indicating significant differences between these correlations. As an alternative to using existing correlations, the applicability of CFD to obtain forced CHTC correlations is evaluated, by considering a cubic building in an atmospheric boundary layer. Steady Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes simulations are performed and, instead of the commonly used wall functions, low-Reynolds number modelling (LRNM) is used to model the boundary-layer region for reasons of improved accuracy. The flow field is found to become quasi independent of the Reynolds number at Reynolds numbers of about 105. This allows limiting the wind speed at which the CHTC is evaluated and thus the grid resolution in the near-wall region, which significantly reduces the computational expense. The distribution of the power-law CHTC-U10 correlation over the windward and leeward surfaces is presented (U10 = reference wind speed at 10 m height). It is shown that these correlations can be accurately determined by simulations with relatively low wind speed values, which avoids the use of excessively fine grids for LRNM, and by using only two or three discrete wind speed values, which limits the required number of CFD simulations.

  18. CFD Modelling of Bore Erosion in Two-Stage Light Gas Guns

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    Bogdanoff, D. W.

    1998-01-01

    A well-validated quasi-one-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code for the analysis of the internal ballistics of two-stage light gas guns is modified to explicitly calculate the ablation of steel from the gun bore and the incorporation of the ablated wall material into the hydrogen working cas. The modified code is used to model 45 shots made with the NASA Ames 0.5 inch light gas gun over an extremely wide variety of gun operating conditions. Good agreement is found between the experimental and theoretical piston velocities (maximum errors of +/-2% to +/-6%) and maximum powder pressures (maximum errors of +/-10% with good igniters). Overall, the agreement between the experimental and numerically calculated gun erosion values (within a factor of 2) was judged to be reasonably good, considering the complexity of the processes modelled. Experimental muzzle velocities agree very well (maximum errors of 0.5-0.7 km/sec) with theoretical muzzle velocities calculated with loading of the hydrogen gas with the ablated barrel wall material. Comparison of results for pump tube volumes of 100%, 60% and 40% of an initial benchmark value show that, at the higher muzzle velocities, operation at 40% pump tube volume produces much lower hydrogen loading and gun erosion and substantially lower maximum pressures in the gun. Large muzzle velocity gains (2.4-5.4 km/sec) are predicted upon driving the gun harder (that is, upon using, higher powder loads and/or lower hydrogen fill pressures) when hydrogen loading is neglected; much smaller muzzle velocity gains (1.1-2.2 km/sec) are predicted when hydrogen loading is taken into account. These smaller predicted velocity gains agree well with those achieved in practice. CFD snapshots of the hydrogen mass fraction, density and pressure of the in-bore medium are presented for a very erosive shot.

  19. CFD simulations in the nuclear containment using the DES turbulence models

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    Ding, Peng [School of Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou (China); Chen, Meilan [China Nuclear Power Technology Research Institute, Shenzhen (China); Li, Wanai, E-mail: liwai@mail.sysu.edu.cn [Sino-French Institute of Nuclear Engineering & Technology, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou (China); Liu, Yulan [School of Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou (China); Wang, Biao [Sino-French Institute of Nuclear Engineering & Technology, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou (China)

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • The k-ε based DES model is used in the nuclear containment simulation. • The comparison of results between different turbulent models is obtained. • The superiority of DES models is analyzed. • The computational efficiency with the DES turbulence models is explained. - Abstract: Different species of gases would be released into the containment and cause unpredicted disasters during the nuclear severe accidents. It is important to accurately predict the transportation and stratification phenomena of these gas mixtures. CFD simulations of these thermal hydraulic issues in nuclear containment are investigated in this paper. The main work is to study the influence of turbulence model on the calculation of gas transportation and heat transfer. The k-ε based DES and other frequently used turbulence models are used in the steam and helium release simulation in THAI series experiment. This paper will show the superiority of the DES turbulence model in terms of computational efficiency and accuracy with the experimental results, and analyze the necessities of DES model to simulate the large-scale containment flows with both laminar and turbulence regions.

  20. CFD study of the gas carry-under in a gas-liquid compact cyclone (GLCC TM) separator using a mixture model

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    Nkengue Tsobguin, Bienvenue

    2008-01-01

    A three‐dimensional CFD study of the two‐phase flow field in a Gas‐Liquid Cylindrical Cyclone (GLCC) using the finite volume‐based finite element method is presented. The numerical analysis was made for air‐water mixtures at near atmospheric conditions, while both liquid and gas flow rates were changed. The two‐phase flow behavior is modeled using an Eulerian‐Eulerian approach, considering both phases as an interpenetrating continuum. This method computed the inter‐phase phenom...

  1. An inter-comparison exercise on the capabilities of CFD models to predict the short and long term distribution and mixing of hydrogen in a garage

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    Venetsanos, A.G.; Papanikolaou, E. [Environmental Research Laboratory, National Centre for Scientific Research Demokritos (NCSRD), Aghia Paraskevi, Attikis, 15310 Athens (Greece); Delichatsios, M. [Environmental Research Laboratory, National Centre for Scientific Research Demokritos (NCSRD), Aghia Paraskevi, Attikis, 15310 Athens (Greece); FireSERT Institute, University of Ulster (UU), Newtownabbey BT37 0QB, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom); Garcia, J. [Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM), Jose Gutierrez Abascal, 2, E-28006 Madrid (Spain); Hansen, O.R.; Middha, P. [GEXCON AS (GXC), Fantoftvegen 38, Box 6015 Postterminalen, N-5892 Bergen (Norway); Heitsch, M. [Gesellschaft fuer Anlagen-und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) mbH, Research Management Division, Schwertnergasse 1, 50667 Koeln (Germany); Huser, A. [Det Norske Veritas (DNV) AS Energy Solutions, Oslo (Norway); Jahn, W. [Forschungszentrum Juelich (FZJ), 52425 Juelich (Germany); Jordan, T. [IKET, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (FZK), Postfach 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Lacome, J.-M. [Explosion-Dispersion Unit, Institut National de l' Environnement industriel et des RISques (INERIS), Parc Technologique Alata, BP2, F-60550 Verneuil-en-Halatte (France); Ledin, H.S. [Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), Harpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9JN (United Kingdom); Makarov, D.; Verbecke, F. [HySAFER Centre, University of Ulster (UU), Newtownabbey BT37 0QB, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom); Studer, E. [Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique (CEA), F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Tchouvelev, A.V. [A.V.Tchouvelev and Associates Inc. (AVT), 6591 Spinnaker Circle, Mississauga, ON L5W 1R2 (Canada); Teodorczyk, A. [Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) (Poland); Van der Voort, M.M. [TNO Defence, Security and Safety, Process Safety and Dangerous Goods, 2280 AA Rijswijk (Netherlands)

    2009-07-15

    The paper presents the results of the CFD inter-comparison exercise SBEP-V3, performed within the activity InsHyde, internal project of the HySafe network of excellence, in the framework of evaluating the capability of various CFD tools and modelling approaches in predicting the short and long term mixing and distribution of hydrogen releases in confined spaces. The experiment simulated was INERIS-TEST-6C, performed within the InsHyde project by INERIS, consisting of a 1 g/s vertical hydrogen release for 240 s from an orifice of 20 mm diameter into a rectangular room (garage) of dimensions 3.78 x 7.2 x 2.88 m in width, length and height respectively. Two small openings at the bottom of the front side of the room assured constant pressure conditions. During the test hydrogen concentration time histories were measured at 12 positions in the room, for a period up to 5160 s after the end of release, covering both the release and the subsequent diffusion phases. The benchmark was organized in two phases. The first phase consisted of blind simulations performed prior to the execution of the tests. The second phase consisted of post-calculations performed after the tests were concluded and the experimental results made available. The participation in the benchmark was high: 12 different organizations (2 non-HySafe partners), 10 different CFD codes and 8 different turbulence models. Large variation in predicted results was found in the first phase of the benchmark, between the various modelling approaches. This was attributed mainly to differences in turbulence models and numerical accuracy options (time/space resolution and discretization schemes). During the second phase of the benchmark the variation between predicted results was reduced. (author)

  2. Operations based optimisation using simulation and CFD

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    Doherty, JJ; Clifton, DP; Gillan, MA; Ciampoli, F

    2007-01-01

    An initial investigation of an optimisation based approach for design across a continuous range of operating conditions is presented. The objective for this 'operations based optimisation' approach is to avoid the need to choose critical design point conditions and associated weighting factors by tackling the overall operational performance instead. The approach integrates numerical optimisation, response surface modelling, CFD and operational simulation. An optimisation test bed involving th...

  3. Development of CFD analysis method based on droplet tracking model for BWR fuel assemblies

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    It is well known that the minimum critical power ratio (MCPR) of the boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel assembly depends on the spacer grid type. Recently, improvement of the critical power is being studied by using a spacer grid with mixing devices attaching various types of flow deflectors. In order to predict the critical power of the improved BWR fuel assembly, we have developed an analysis method based on the consideration of detailed thermal-hydraulic mechanism of annular mist flow regime in the subchannels for an arbitrary spacer type. The proposed method is based on a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model with a droplet tracking model for analyzing the vapor-phase turbulent flow in which droplets are transported in the subchannels of the BWR fuel assembly. We adopted the general-purpose CFD software Advance/FrontFlow/red (AFFr) as the base code, which is a commercial software package created as a part of Japanese national project. AFFr employs a three-dimensional (3D) unstructured grid system for application to complex geometries. First, AFFr was applied to single-phase flows of gas in the present paper. The calculated results were compared with experiments using a round cellular spacer in one subchannel to investigate the influence of the choice of turbulence model. The analyses using the large eddy simulation (LES) and re-normalisation group (RNG) k-ε models were carried out. The results of both the LES and RNG k-ε models show that calculations of velocity distribution and velocity fluctuation distribution in the spacer downstream reproduce the experimental results qualitatively. However, the velocity distribution analyzed by the LES model is better than that by the RNG k-ε model. The velocity fluctuation near the fuel rod, which is important for droplet deposition to the rod, is also simulated well by the LES model. Then, to examine the effect of the spacer shape on the analytical result, the gas flow analyses with the RNG k-ε model were performed

  4. Assessment of CFD URANS models for buoyancy driven mixing flows based on ROCOM experiments

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    An assessment of STAR-CCM+ Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models of a KONVOI type Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) has been performed based on experimental data collected at the ROssendorf COolant Mixing (ROCOM) test facility as part of the OECD-NEA PKL 2 Project. Three different experimental configurations typical of Main Steam Line Break (MSLB) with Loss-Of-Offsite-Power (LOOP) scenarios are investigated (i.e. Test 1.1, 2.1 and 2.2). The transport of the mixing scalar is based on an equivalent thermal model of the isothermal experimental system. The focus of the study is on the modeling of the physical properties and the turbulent heat flux (closure term) needed by the Unsteady Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes (URANS) equations. Results show that a standard Constant Turbulent Prandtl number (CTP) and the chosen Variable Turbulent Prandtl number (VTP) models are capable of describing qualitatively and quantitatively well the time-evolution of the temperature field in the core inlet zone (Test 1.1). When large density differences of the coolant are present in the system, the VTP model outperforms the CTP model in predicting the elevation of the thermal stratification line that builds up in the downcomer due to incomplete mixing. Nevertheless, the CTP model performs very well when the density difference is very low (Test 2.1). No significant changes have been observed for Test 2.2 when idealized boundary conditions are used instead of the experimental ones. (author)

  5. Fuel assembly simulations using LRGR-CFD and CGCFD

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    In addition to the traditional fuel assembly simulation approaches using system codes, subchannel codes or porous medium approaches, as well as detailed CFD simulations to analyze single sub channels, a Low Resolution Geometry Resolving (LRGR) CFD approach and a Coarse-Grid-CFD (CGCFD) approach is taken. Both methods are based on a low resolution mesh that allows the capture of large and medium scale flow features such as recirculation zones, which cannot be reproduced by the system codes, subchannel codes and porous media approaches. The LRGR approach allows for instance fine-tuning the porous parameters which are important input for a porous medium approach. However, it should be noted that the prediction of detailed flow features such as secondary flows is not feasible. Using this approach, the consequences of flow blockages for detection possibilities and cladding temperatures can be discussed. Within the Coarse-Grid CFD approach a subgrid model (SGM) accounts for sub grid volumetric forces which are derived from validated CFD simulations. The volumetric forces take account of the non resolved physics due to the coarse mesh. The CGCFD approach with SGM can be applied to simulate complete fuel assemblies or even complete cores capturing the unique features of the complex flow induced by the fuel assembly geometry and its spacers. In such a case, grids with a very low grid resolution are employed. The current paper discusses and presents both, the CGCFD and the LRGR approaches. (author)

  6. Evaluation of a combustion model for the simulation of hydrogen spark-ignition engines using a CFD code

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    Rakopoulos, C.D.; Kosmadakis, G.M. [Internal Combustion Engines Laboratory, Thermal Engineering Department, School of Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 9 Heroon Polytechniou St., Zografou Campus, 15780 Athens (Greece); Pariotis, E.G. [Laboratory of Naval Propulsion Systems, Section of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Department of Naval Sciences, Hellenic Naval Academy, End of Hatzikyriakou Ave., Hatzikyriakio, 18539 Piraeus (Greece)

    2010-11-15

    The present work deals with the evaluation of a combustion model that has been developed, in order to simulate the power cycle of hydrogen spark-ignition engines. The motivation for the development of such a model is to obtain a simple combustion model with few calibration constants, applicable to a wide range of engine configurations, incorporated in an in-house CFD code using the RNG k-{epsilon} turbulence model. The calculated cylinder pressure traces, gross heat release rate diagrams and exhaust nitric oxide (NO) emissions are compared with the corresponding measured ones at various engine loads. The engine used is a Cooperative Fuel Research (CFR) engine fueled with hydrogen, operating at a constant engine speed of 600 rpm. This model is composed of various sub-models used for the simulation of combustion of conventional fuels in SI engines; it has been adjusted in the current study specifically for hydrogen combustion. The basic sub-model incorporated for the calculation of the reaction rates is the characteristic conversion time-scale method, meaning that a time-scale is used depending on the laminar conversion time and the turbulent mixing time, which dictates to what extent the combustible gas has reached its chemical equilibrium during a predefined time step. Also, the laminar and turbulent combustion velocity is used to track the flame development within the combustion chamber, using two correlations for the laminar flame speed and the Zimont/Lipatnikov approach for the modeling of the turbulent flame speed, whereas the (NO) emissions are calculated according to the Zeldovich mechanism. From the evaluation conducted, it is revealed that by using the developed hydrogen combustion model and after adjustment of the unique model calibration constant, there is an adequate agreement with measured data (regarding performance and emissions) for the investigated conditions. However, there are a few more issues to be resolved dealing mainly with the ignition

  7. Development of a CFD Model for Secondary Final Settling Tanks in Water Pollution Control Plants

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    Gong, Minwei; Xanthos, Savvas; Ramalingam, Krish; Fillos, John

    2007-11-01

    To assess performance and evaluate alternatives to improve efficiency of the New York City the Wards Island Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) FSTs at peak loads, a 3D CFD model has been developed. Fluent was utilized as the base platform, where sub-models of the Suspended Solids (SS), settling characteristics, density currents and SS flocculation were incorporated. This was supplemented by field and bench scale experiments to quantify the coefficients integral to the sub-models. Model calibration and validation have been carried out by using the extensive set of data collected. The model can be used to evaluate different modes of operation, alternate hydraulic and solids loading rates, as well as addition of auxiliary components such as baffles to improve process performance. The model is being used to compare potential benefits for different alternatives of design and operation of the existing FSTs. After comparing series of inlet baffles, a baffle with 4 horizontal and 7 vertical slots has been recommended for installation in the FSTs. Additional baffle type, configurations and locations within the tank are also being evaluated to improve the performance of the FSTs especially during periods of poor settling and peak flow conditions.

  8. CFD investigating the flow characteristics in a triangular-pitch rod bundle using Reynolds stress turbulence model

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    Highlights: • CFD is used to model triangular-pitch rod bundle. • The Reynolds stress model with different pressure–strain models is used in this investigation. • Predicting the secondary flow characteristics and made comparisons with measured data. • Predicting the position of vortex center and the distribution of normal stresses. • The distribution trends of normal stresses have good agreements. - Abstract: With the dramatic progress in the computer processing power, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methodology can be applied in investigating the detailed knowledge of thermal–hydraulic characteristics in the rod bundles. These localized information, including flow, turbulence, and heat transfer characteristics, can assist in the design and the improvement of rod bundles for nuclear power plants. In this paper, a three-dimensional (3-D) CFD model with the Reynolds stresses turbulence model is proposed simulating the flowing characteristics within the rod bundles and subsequently to investigate the effects of different mesh distributions and pressure–strain models on the turbulent mixing. Based on the CFD simulations, the secondary flow can be reasonably captured in the rod bundle. However, different pressure–strain models would affect the distributions of normal stresses and lead to be non-uniform distribution for using Linear Pressure–Strain (LPS) model. In addition, the predicted results with RSM–LPS model would be larger than that using other models for axial velocity and normal stresses. The main reason is the wall-reflection effect added on RSM–LPS model. The wall-reflection effect also would affect the position of the vortex center. The predicted position with the Quadratic Pressure–Strain (QPS) model has good agreement compared with the experiments

  9. Knowledge Transfer from Detailed 3-D CFD Codes to System Simulation Tools – CCV Modeling in SI Engine

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with CCV knowledge transfer from reference data (either experiments or 3-D CFD data into system simulation SW tools (based on 0-D/1-D CFD. It was verified that CCV phenomenon can be modeled by means of combustion model perturbations. The proposed methodology consists of two major steps. First, individual cycle data have to be matched with the 0-D/1-D model, i.e., combustion model parameters are varied to achieve the best possible match of in-cylinder pressure traces. Second, the combustion model parameters (obtained in previous step are statistically evaluated to obtain PDFs and cross-correlations. Then such information is imposed to the 0-D/1-D tool to mimic pressure traces CCV. Good correspondence with the reference data is achieved only if both PDFs and cross-correlations are imposed simultaneously.

  10. Implementation into a CFD code of neutron kinetics and fuel pin models for nuclear reactor transient analyses

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    Safety analysis is an important tool for justifying the safety of nuclear reactors. The traditional method for nuclear reactor safety analysis is performed by means of system codes, which use one-dimensional lumped-parameter method to model real reactor systems. However, there are many multi-dimensional thermal-hydraulic phenomena cannot be predicated using traditional one-dimensional system codes. This problem is extremely important for pool-type nuclear systems. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes are powerful numerical simulation tools to solve multi-dimensional thermal-hydraulics problems, which are widely used in industrial applications for single phase flows. In order to use general CFD codes to solve nuclear reactor transient problems, some additional models beyond general ones are required. Neutron kinetics model for power calculation and fuel pin model for fuel pin temperature calculation are two important models of these additional models. The motivation of this work is to develop an advance numerical simulation method for nuclear reactor safety analysis by implementing neutron kinetics model and fuel pin model into general CFD codes. In this paper, the Point Kinetics Model (PKM) and Fuel Pin Model (FPM) are implemented into a general CFD code FLUENT. The improved FLUENT was called as FLUENT/PK. The mathematical models and implementary method of FLUENT/PK are descripted and two demonstration application cases, e.g. the unprotected transient overpower (UTOP) accident of a Liquid Metal cooled Fast Reactor (LMFR) and the unprotected beam overpower (UBOP) accident of an Accelerator Driven System (ADS), are presented. (author)

  11. CFD simulation of an industrial hydrocyclone with Eulerian-Eulerian approach:A case study

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    Safa Raziyeh; Soltani Goharrizi Ataallah⇑

    2014-01-01

    In the present study, a three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics simulation together with exper-imental field measurements was applied to optimize the performance of an industrial hydrocyclone at Sarcheshmeh copper complex. In the simulation, the Eulerian-Eulerian approach was used for solid and liquid phases, the latter being water. In this approach, nine continuous phases were considered for the solid particles with different sizes and one continuous phase for water. The continuity and momen-tum equations with inclusion of buoyancy and drag forces were solved by the finite volume method. The k-e RNG turbulence model was used for modeling of turbulency. There was a good agreement between the simulation results and the experimental data. After validation of the model accuracy, the effect of inlet solid percentage, pulp inlet velocity, rod inserting in the middle of the hydrocyclone and apex diam-eter on hydrocyclone performance was investigated. The results showed that by decreasing the inlet solid percentage and increasing the pulp inlet velocity, the efficiency of hydrocyclone increased. Decreasing the apex diameter caused an increase in the hydrocyclone efficiency.

  12. Simulation of multi-deck medium temperature display cabinets with the integration of CFD and cooling coil models

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    Ge, Y.T.; Tassou, S.A.; Hadawey, A. [Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH (United Kingdom)

    2010-10-15

    In this paper, the model for the multi-deck medium temperature display cabinets is developed with the integration of CFD and cooling coil sub-models. The distributed method is used to develop the cooling coil model with the airside inputs from the outputs of the CFD model. Inversely, the airside outputs from the cooling coil model are used to update the boundary conditions of the CFD model. To validate this cabinet model, a multi-deck medium temperature display cabinet refrigerated with a secondary refrigerant cooling coil was selected as a prototype and mounted in an air conditioned chamber. Extensive tests were conducted at constant space air temperature and varied relative humilities. The cabinet model has been validated by comparing with the test results for the parameters of air at different locations of the flow path, and temperatures of refrigerant and food product, etc. The validated model is therefore used to explore and analyse the cabinet performance and control strategies at various operating and design conditions. (author)

  13. A CFD model for particle dispersion in turbulent boundary layer flows

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    In Lagrangian particle dispersion modeling, the assumption that turbulence is isotropic everywhere yields erroneous predictions of particle deposition rates on walls, even in simple geometries. In this investigation, the stochastic particle tracking model in Fluent 6.2 is modified to include a better treatment of particle-turbulence interactions close to walls where anisotropic effects are significant. The fluid rms velocities in the boundary layer are computed using fits of DNS data obtained in channel flow. The new model is tested against correlations for particle removal rates in turbulent pipe flow and 90o bends. Comparison with experimental data is much better than with the default model. The model is also assessed against data of particle removal in the human mouth-throat geometry where the flow is decidedly three-dimensional. Here, the agreement with the data is reasonable, especially in view of the fact that the DNS fits used are those of channel flows, for lack of better alternatives. The CFD Best Practice Guidelines are followed to a large extent, in particular by using multiple grid resolutions and at least second order discretization schemes

  14. Input model of a VVER 440/213 fuel assembly for the CFD computational code FLUENT

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    The preparation of the input data and computation network for FLUENT 6.1 CFD (computational fluid dynamics) calculations by using the GAMBIT preprocessor is described. The input data for the thermal hydraulic calculation and the general issue of network creation - nodalization by using GAMBIT are highlighted. Creation of the particular computation network for the given fuel assembly geometry is described in detail. Attention was paid to the approach to the complex parts of the assembly, the inlet section in particular. The flow simulation in the fuel channel was analyzed. Solutions with lower numbers of channels and various degree of complexity were developed. The effect of the various solutions on the accuracy and time of calculation was investigated. The results were used to create the computation network of the whole assembly. In view of the complexity and volume of the network, the issue was discussed of how to find a suitable approach enabling test analyses to be performed on available hardware using available software

  15. Modelling of plasma processes based on the commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) package FLUENT

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    Traditional applications of the commercial CFD package FLUENT include modelling of gas and liquid flows, combustion processes, thermal radiation exchange, particle dynamics and related processes of industrial interest. Recently, however, the area of applications of this package has been extended to modelling of new processes such as CO2 laser discharges and the solution of the Boltzmann equation. Results of this modelling were reported at XXI International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized gases in Bochum and were later published in a number of research papers. The aim of this report is to summarize some further latest developments of the FLUENT package aimed to adjust it to the needs of modelling of plasma processes including those in ionized gases. The simplest way to modify this package is to include Amper force into Navier-Stokes equation and Ohm heating term into the enthalpy equation. In most cases, however, electric currents and electric and magnetic fields used in these equations cannot be assumed to be a priori known as they depend on plasma dynamics (distribution of velocities and pressures) and thermodynamics (distribution of temperatures) which implicitly enter into Maxwell or any equivalent electromagnetic equations. This makes it necessary to include these electromagnetic equations into the general iteration loop used in FLUENT

  16. CFD model for large hazardous dense cloud spread predictions, with particular reference to Bhopal disaster

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    Mishra, Kirti Bhushan

    2015-09-01

    A volumetric source based CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) model for estimating the wind and gravity driven spread of an elevated released dense hazardous cloud on a flat terrain without and with obstacles is demonstrated. The model considers the development of a worst-case scenario similar to that occurred at Bhopal. Fully developed clouds of a dense gas having different densities, under ABL (Atmospheric Boundary Layer) with calm ground wind conditions are first obtained. These clouds are then allowed to spread under ABL with different ground wind speeds and gravity conditions. The developed model is validated by performing the grid independent study, the fluid dynamical evidences, post-disaster facts, the downwind MIC (Methyl Isocynate) concentrations estimated by earlier models and experiments on dense plume trajectories. It is shown that in case of an active dispersion under calm wind conditions the lateral spread would prevail over the downwind spread. The presence of a dense medium behaves like a weak porous media and initiates turbulence at much smaller downwind distances than that normally would occur without the dense medium. The safety distances from toxic exposures of MIC are predicted by specifying an isosurface of a minimum concentration above the ground surface. Discrepancies in near-field predictions still exist. However, the far-field predictions agree well with data published before.

  17. Validation of 3-D CFD Model of Tritium Transport in the Atmosphere

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    When solving 3-D problems for the atmospheric impurity transport in the bounded area, it is essential for the atmospheric dynamics to be correctly computed taking into account the actual terrain topography and environments specified by the boundary conditions. Such conditions as turbulence, convection, condensation and moisture evaporation processes, etc. are to be also taken into account as well as the interaction processes among impurities (gases, aerosols), atmosphere and the Earth's surface.3-D computational fluid dynamics model(CFD) developed on the basis of SRP hydrodynamic code was used to simulate tritium plume evolution and tritium transport in atmosphere under the area with relatively complex topography. SRP code is based on the continuum motion equations (Navier-Stockes equations) and thermodynamic relations taking into account specific features of atmospheric flows and complex topography and is designed to use on PC-type computers.The model has been validated using experimental release of tritium with specified source term and meteorology. Due to low release height above the underlying surface a fine grid was used in the vertical direction near the underlying surface. HT and HTO/H2O vertical fluxes were taken into account. Evolution of HT and HTO activities at 2 sampling locations along the plume axe were available for model-experiment inter-comparison. The modeling results of HT and HTO activities in the air during plume travel are in satisfactory agreement with observed values

  18. CFD study of natural convection mixing in a steam generator mock-up: Comparison between full geometry and porous media approaches

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    In CFD simulations of flow mixing in a steam generator (SG) during natural circulation, one is faced with the problem of representing the thousands of SG U-tubes. Typically simplifications are made to render the problem computationally tractable. In particular, one or a number of tubes are lumped in one volume which is treated as a single porous medium. This approach dramatically reduces the computational size of the problem and hence simulation time. In this work, we endeavor to investigate the adequacy of this approach by performing two separate simulations of flow in a mock-up with 262 U-tubes, i.e. one in which the porous media model is used for the tube bundle, and another in which the full geometry is represented. In both simulations, the Reynolds Stress (RMS) model of turbulence is used. We show that in steady state conditions, the porous media treatment yields results which are comparable to those of the full geometry representation (temperature distribution, recirculation ratio, hot plume spread, etc). Hence, the porous media approach can be extended with a good degree of confidence to the full scale SG. (authors)

  19. CFD Analysis on the Main-Rotor  Blade ofa Scale Helicopter  Model using Overset Meshing

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    2012-01-01

    In this paper, an analysis in computational uid dynamics (CFD) is presented on a helicopter scale model with focus on the main-rotor blades.The helicopter model is encapsulated in a background region and the ow eld is solved using Star CCM+. A surface and volume mesh continuum was generated that contained approximately seven million polyhedral cells, where the Finite Volume Method (FVM) was chosen as a discretization technique. Each blade was assigned to an overset region making it possible t...

  20. Accumulation and transport of microbial-size particles in a pressure protected model burn unit: CFD simulations and experimental evidence

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Controlling airborne contamination is of major importance in burn units because of the high susceptibility of burned patients to infections and the unique environmental conditions that can accentuate the infection risk. In particular the required elevated temperatures in the patient room can create thermal convection flows which can transport airborne contaminates throughout the unit. In order to estimate this risk and optimize the design of an intensive care room intended to host severely burned patients, we have relied on a computational fluid dynamic methodology (CFD. Methods The study was carried out in 4 steps: i patient room design, ii CFD simulations of patient room design to model air flows throughout the patient room, adjacent anterooms and the corridor, iii construction of a prototype room and subsequent experimental studies to characterize its performance iv qualitative comparison of the tendencies between CFD prediction and experimental results. The Electricité De France (EDF open-source software Code_Saturne® (http://www.code-saturne.org was used and CFD simulations were conducted with an hexahedral mesh containing about 300 000 computational cells. The computational domain included the treatment room and two anterooms including equipment, staff and patient. Experiments with inert aerosol particles followed by time-resolved particle counting were conducted in the prototype room for comparison with the CFD observations. Results We found that thermal convection can create contaminated zones near the ceiling of the room, which can subsequently lead to contaminate transfer in adjacent rooms. Experimental confirmation of these phenomena agreed well with CFD predictions and showed that particles greater than one micron (i.e. bacterial or fungal spore sizes can be influenced by these thermally induced flows. When the temperature difference between rooms was 7°C, a significant contamination transfer was observed to

  1. DEVELOPMENT OF CFD SIMULATION APPLICATIONS FOR LOCAL-SCALE AREAS AND POTENTIAL INTERFACE WITH MESOSCALE MODELS

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    The presentation summarizes developments of ongoing applications of fine-scale (geometry specific) CFD simulations to urban areas within atmospheric boundary layers. Enabling technology today and challenges for the future are discussed. There is a challenging need to develop a ...

  2. CFD modeling of liquid-solid fluidization: Effect of drag correlation and added mass force

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    Xiao yan Huang

    2011-01-01

    Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has been widely used to study the hydrodynamics of gas-solid fluidization; however,its applications in liquid-solid fluidization are relatively rare.In this study,CFD simulations of a liquid-solid fluidized bed are carried out,focusing on the effect of drag correlation and added mass force on the hydrodynamics of liquid-solid fluidization.It is shown that drag correlation has a significant effect on the simulation results and the correlation proposed by Beetstra et al.(2007) gives the best agreement with experimental data.We further show that the added mass force does play an important role in CFD simulation of liquid-solid fluidization,and therefore should not be ignored in CFD simulations.

  3. Numerical estimation of wall friction ratio near the pseudo-critical point with CFD-models

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    In this paper, the STAR-CCM+ CFD code is used in the attempt to reproduce the values of friction factor observed in experimental data at supercritical pressures at various operating conditions. A short survey of available data and correlations for smooth pipe friction in circular pipes puts the basis for the discussion, reporting observed trends of friction factor in the liquid-like and the gas-like regions and within the transitional region across the pseudo-critical temperature. For smooth pipes, a general decrease of the friction factor in the transitional region is reported, constituting one of the relevant effects to be predicted by the computational fluid-dynamic models. A limited number of low-Reynolds number models are adopted, making use of refined near-wall discretisation as required by the constraint y+ < 1 at the wall. In particular, the Lien k–ε and the SST k–ω models are considered. The values of the wall shear stress calculated by the code are then post-processed on the basis of bulk fluid properties to obtain the Fanning and then the Darcy–Weisbach friction factors, based on their classical definitions. The obtained values are compared with those provided by experimental tests and correlations, finding a reasonable qualitative agreement. Expectedly, the agreement is better in the gas-like and liquid-like regions, where fluid property changes are moderate, than in the transitional region, where the trends provided by available correlations are reproduced only in a qualitative way

  4. Coupled simulation of chemical lasers based on intracavity partially coherent light model and 3D CFD model.

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    Wu, Kenan; Huai, Ying; Jia, Shuqin; Jin, Yuqi

    2011-12-19

    Coupled simulation based on intracavity partially coherent light model and 3D CFD model is firstly achieved in this paper. The dynamic equation of partially coherent intracavity field is derived based on partially coherent light theory. A numerical scheme for the coupled simulation as well as a method for computing the intracavity partially coherent field is given. The presented model explains the formation of the sugar scooping phenomenon, and enables studies on the dependence of the spatial mode spectrum on physical parameters of laser cavity and gain medium. Computational results show that as the flow rate of iodine increases, higher order mode components dominate in the partially coherent field. Results obtained by the proposed model are in good agreement with experimental results. PMID:22274214

  5. CFD Lagrangian Modeling of Water Droplet Transport for ISS Hygiene Activity Application

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    Son, Chang H.

    2013-01-01

    The goal of this study was to assess the impacts of free water propagation in the Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) installed in Node 3. Free water can be generated inside the WHC in small quantities due to crew hygiene activity. To mitigate potential impact of free water in Node 3 cabin the WHC doorway is enclosed by a waterproof bump-out, Kabin, with openings at the top and bottom. At the overhead side of the rack, there is a screen that prevents large drops of water from exiting. However, as the avionics fan in the WHC causes airflow toward the deck side of the rack, small quantities of free water may exit at the bottom of the Kabin. A Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis of Node 3 cabin airflow enable identifying the paths of water transport. To simulate the droplet transport the Lagrangian discrete phase approach was used. Various initial droplet distributions were considered in the study. The droplet diameter was varied in the range of 5-20 mm. The results of the computations showed that most of the drops fall to the rack surface not far from the WHC curtain.

  6. A self-standing two-fluid CFD model for vertical upward two-phase annular flow

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    Liu, Y., E-mail: yang_liu@mail.dlut.edu.c [Key Laboratory of Ocean Energy Utilization and Energy Conservation of Ministry of Education, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, Liaoning Province (China); Li, W.Z.; Quan, S.L. [Key Laboratory of Ocean Energy Utilization and Energy Conservation of Ministry of Education, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, Liaoning Province (China)

    2011-05-15

    Research highlights: A mathematic model for two-phase annular flow is established in this paper. Pressure loss and wall shear stress increase with inlet gas and liquid flow velocities. Droplet mass fraction distribution exhibits a concave profile radially. - Abstract: In this paper, a new two-fluid CFD (computational fluid dynamics) model is proposed to simulate the vertical upward two-phase annular flow. This model solves the basic mass and momentum equations for the gas core region flow and the liquid film flow, where the basic governing equations are accounted for by the commercial CFD package Fluent6.3.26. The liquid droplet flow and the interfacial inter-phase effects are accounted for by the programmable interface of Fluent, UDF (user defined function). Unlike previous models, the present model includes the effect of liquid roll waves directly determined from the CFD code. It is able to provide more detailed and, the most important, self-standing information for both the gas core flow and the film flow as well as the inner tube wall situations.

  7. CFD Simulation on Ethylene Furnace Reactor Tubes

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    2006-01-01

    Different mathematical models for ethylene furnace reactor tubes were reviewed. On the basis of these models a new mathematical simulation approach for reactor tubes based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technique was presented. This approach took the flow, heat transfer, mass transfer and thermal cracking reactions in the reactor tubes into consideration. The coupled reactor model was solved with the SIMPLE algorithm. Some detailed information about the flow field, temperature field and concentration distribution in the reactor tubes was obtained, revealing the basic characteristics of the hydrodynamic phenomena and reaction behavior in the reactor tubes. The CFD approach provides the necessary information for conclusive decisions regarding the production optimization, the design and improvement of reactor tubes, and the new techniques implementation.

  8. Modeling and simulation of PEM fuel cell's flow channels using CFD techniques

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    Cunha, Edgar F.; Andrade, Alexandre B.; Robalinho, Eric; Bejarano, Martha L.M.; Linardi, Marcelo [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)]. E-mails: efcunha@ipen.br; abodart@ipen.br; eric@ipen.br; mmora@ipen.br; mlinardi@ipen.br; Cekinski, Efraim [Instituto de Pesquisas Tecnologicas (IPT-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)]. E-mail: cekinski@ipt.br

    2007-07-01

    Fuel cells are one of the most important devices to obtain electrical energy from hydrogen. The Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) consists of two important parts: the Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA), where the reactions occur, and the flow field plates. The plates have many functions in a fuel cell: distribute reactant gases (hydrogen and air or oxygen), conduct electrical current, remove heat and water from the electrodes and make the cell robust. The cost of the bipolar plates corresponds up to 45% of the total stack costs. The Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) is a very useful tool to simulate hydrogen and oxygen gases flow channels, to reduce the costs of bipolar plates production and to optimize mass transport. Two types of flow channels were studied. The first type was a commercial plate by ELECTROCELL and the other was entirely projected at Programa de Celula a Combustivel (IPEN/CNEN-SP) and the experimental data were compared with modelling results. Optimum values for each set of variables were obtained and the models verification was carried out in order to show the feasibility of this technique to improve fuel cell efficiency. (author)

  9. Comparative Study for Modeling Reactor Internal Geometry in CFD Simulation of PHWR Internal Flow

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    Lee, Gong Hee; Woo, Sweng Woong; Cheong, Ae Ju [Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-10-15

    The main objective of the present study is to compare the results predicted by using either the real geometry of tubes or porous medium assumption and to assess the prediction performance of both methods. Estimating the local subcooling of the moderator in a CANDU calandria under transient conditions is one of the major concerns in the CANDU safety analysis. Therefore extensive CFD analyses have been performed for predicting the moderator temperature in a CANDU calandria or its similar shape. However most of previous studies used a porous medium assumption instead of considering the real geometry of calandria tube. A porous medium assumption has some possible weaknesses; The increased production of turbulence due to vortex shedding in the wake of the individual tubes is not considered in the turbulence model. It is difficult to identify the true effects of the outer ring of calandria tubes on the generation of the highly non-uniform flows in the reflector region. It is not clear how well the pressure loss models quantitatively represent the three-dimensional effects of the turbulent flows through the calandria tubes.

  10. CFD analysis of municipal solid waste combustion using detailed chemical kinetic modelling.

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    Frank, Alex; Castaldi, Marco J

    2014-08-01

    Nitrogen oxides (NO x ) emissions from the combustion of municipal solid waste (MSW) in waste-to-energy (WtE) facilities are receiving renewed attention to reduce their output further. While NO x emissions are currently 60% below allowed limits, further reductions will decrease the air pollution control (APC) system burden and reduce consumption of NH3. This work combines the incorporation of the GRI 3.0 mechanism as a detailed chemical kinetic model (DCKM) into a custom three-dimensional (3D) computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model fully to understand the NO x chemistry in the above-bed burnout zones. Specifically, thermal, prompt and fuel NO formation mechanisms were evaluated for the system and a parametric study was utilized to determine the effect of varying fuel nitrogen conversion intermediates between HCN, NH3 and NO directly. Simulation results indicate that the fuel nitrogen mechanism accounts for 92% of the total NO produced in the system with thermal and prompt mechanisms accounting for the remaining 8%. Results also show a 5% variation in final NO concentration between HCN and NH3 inlet conditions, demonstrating that the fuel nitrogen intermediate assumed is not significant. Furthermore, the conversion ratio of fuel nitrogen to NO was 0.33, revealing that the majority of fuel nitrogen forms N2. PMID:25005043

  11. Implementation of a pressure drop model for the CFD simulation of clogged containment sump strainers

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    The investigation of insulation debris generation and transport during LOCA events as well as the short and long term behaviour of the ECCS must be considered with regard to the safety of pressure and boiling water reactors under such conditions [1-3]. The mineral wool blankets that are used to insulate the components of nuclear reactors can be destroyed by jetting steam during LOCA. A portion of the mineral wool fiber debris can then be transported into the containment sump, which collects the cooling water for use in the ECCS in the late phase of LOCA. Mineral wool fibers that accumulate at the ECCS pump suction strainers lead to increased pressure drops which could reduce the pumps capability to recirculate the cooling water. Hazards associated with such an incident were emphasized by an incident at the Barsebaeck-2 nuclear power plant in Sweden in 1992 when a steam valve inadvertently opened [4]. The debris quickly blocked the ECCS pump strainers, resulting in a potential compromise in the defense-in-depth concept for the reactor. The present paper reports on our efforts in modelling the pressure drop buildup at strainers obstructed by fibrous materials and the implementation of the strainer model into the commercial, general-purpose CFD code ANSYS-CFX [5]. Special attention is drawn to the compressibility of the fibrous cake. (orig.)

  12. Modeling and simulation of PEM fuel cell's flow channels using CFD techniques

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    Fuel cells are one of the most important devices to obtain electrical energy from hydrogen. The Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) consists of two important parts: the Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA), where the reactions occur, and the flow field plates. The plates have many functions in a fuel cell: distribute reactant gases (hydrogen and air or oxygen), conduct electrical current, remove heat and water from the electrodes and make the cell robust. The cost of the bipolar plates corresponds up to 45% of the total stack costs. The Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) is a very useful tool to simulate hydrogen and oxygen gases flow channels, to reduce the costs of bipolar plates production and to optimize mass transport. Two types of flow channels were studied. The first type was a commercial plate by ELECTROCELL and the other was entirely projected at Programa de Celula a Combustivel (IPEN/CNEN-SP) and the experimental data were compared with modelling results. Optimum values for each set of variables were obtained and the models verification was carried out in order to show the feasibility of this technique to improve fuel cell efficiency. (author)

  13. Sensitivity study on a CFD model for the analysis of moderator fluid flow and heat transfer inside CANDU calandria

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    In this paper, sensitivity study on a CFD model for the accurate analysis of moderator fluid flow and heat transfer inside calandria is conducted. Two main items, i.e. porous medium assumption and turbulence model, are considered for in-line tube bank and Sheridan Park Engineering Laboratory (SPEL) experiment. Using the commercial flow solver, FLUENT, the prediction to consider the real geometry of fuel channels is compared to previous results conducted with the porous medium assumption using the isotropic pressure loss model. Also, the prediction performance of various turbulence models (e.g. k-ε model, Reynolds stress model, etc.) is assessed. (author)

  14. Computational Fluid Dynamic Approach for Biological System Modeling

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    Huang, Weidong; Wu, Chundu; Xiao, Bingjia; Xia, Weidong

    2005-01-01

    Various biological system models have been proposed in systems biology, which are based on the complex biological reactions kinetic of various components. These models are not practical because we lack of kinetic information. In this paper, it is found that the enzymatic reaction and multi-order reaction rate is often controlled by the transport of the reactants in biological systems. A Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) approach, which is based on transport of the components and kinetics of b...

  15. Integration of Engine, Plume, and CFD Analyses in Conceptual Design of Low-Boom Supersonic Aircraft

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    Li, Wu; Campbell, Richard; Geiselhart, Karl; Shields, Elwood; Nayani, Sudheer; Shenoy, Rajiv

    2009-01-01

    This paper documents an integration of engine, plume, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analyses in the conceptual design of low-boom supersonic aircraft, using a variable fidelity approach. In particular, the Numerical Propulsion Simulation System (NPSS) is used for propulsion system cycle analysis and nacelle outer mold line definition, and a low-fidelity plume model is developed for plume shape prediction based on NPSS engine data and nacelle geometry. This model provides a capability for the conceptual design of low-boom supersonic aircraft that accounts for plume effects. Then a newly developed process for automated CFD analysis is presented for CFD-based plume and boom analyses of the conceptual geometry. Five test cases are used to demonstrate the integrated engine, plume, and CFD analysis process based on a variable fidelity approach, as well as the feasibility of the automated CFD plume and boom analysis capability.

  16. Simulation of hydrogen mitigation in catalytic recombiner. Part-II: Formulation of a CFD model

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    Prabhudharwadkar, Deoras M. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India); Iyer, Kannan N., E-mail: kiyer@me.iitb.ac.i [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India)

    2011-05-15

    Research highlights: Hydrogen transport in containment with recombiners is a multi-scale problem. A novel methodology worked out to lump the recombiner characteristics. Results obtained using commercial code FLUENT are cast in the form of correlations. Hence, coarse grids can obtain accurate distribution of H{sub 2} in containment. Satisfactory working of the methodology is clearly demonstrated. - Abstract: This paper aims at formulation of a model compatible with CFD code to simulate hydrogen distribution and mitigation using a Passive Catalytic Recombiner in the Nuclear power plant containments. The catalytic recombiner is much smaller in size compared to the containment compartments. In order to fully resolve the recombination processes during the containment simulations, it requires the geometric details of the recombiner to be modelled and a very fine mesh size inside the recombiner channels. This component when integrated with containment mixing calculations would result in a large number of mesh elements which may take large computational times to solve the problem. This paper describes a method to resolve this simulation difficulty. In this exercise, the catalytic recombiner alone was first modelled in detail using the best suited option to describe the reaction rate. A detailed parametric study was conducted, from which correlations for the heat of reaction (hence the rate of reaction) and the heat transfer coefficient were obtained. These correlations were then used to model the recombiner channels as single computational cells providing necessary volumetric sources/sinks to the energy and species transport equations. This avoids full resolution of these channels, thereby allowing larger mesh size in the recombiners. The above mentioned method was successfully validated using both steady state and transient test problems and the results indicate very satisfactory modelling of the component.

  17. Methodology for experimental validation of a CFD model for predicting noise generation in centrifugal compressors

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    Highlights: • A DES of a turbocharger compressor working at peak pressure point is performed. • In-duct pressure signals are measured in a steady flow rig with 3-sensor arrays. • Pressure spectra comparison is performed as a validation for the numerical model. • A suitable comparison methodology is developed, relying on pressure decomposition. • Whoosh noise at outlet duct is detected in experimental and numerical spectra. - Abstract: Centrifugal compressors working in the surge side of the map generate a broadband noise in the range of 1–3 kHz, named as whoosh noise. This noise is perceived at strongly downsized engines operating at particular conditions (full load, tip-in and tip-out maneuvers). A 3-dimensional CFD model of a centrifugal compressor is built to analyze fluid phenomena related to whoosh noise. A detached eddy simulation is performed with the compressor operating at the peak pressure point of 160 krpm. A steady flow rig mounted on an anechoic chamber is used to obtain experimental measurements as a means of validation for the numerical model. In-duct pressure signals are obtained in addition to standard averaged global variables. The numerical simulation provides global variables showing excellent agreement with experimental measurements. Pressure spectra comparison is performed to assess noise prediction capability of numerical model. The influence of the type and position of the virtual pressure probes is evaluated. Pressure decomposition is required by the simulations to obtain meaningful spectra. Different techniques for obtaining pressure components are analyzed. At the simulated conditions, a broadband noise in 1–3 kHz frequency band is detected in the experimental measurements. This whoosh noise is also captured by the numerical model

  18. Film Cooled Recession of SiC/SiC Ceramic Matrix Composites: Test Development, CFD Modeling and Experimental Observations

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    Zhu, Dongming; Sakowski, Barbara A.; Fisher, Caleb

    2014-01-01

    SiCSiC ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) systems will play a crucial role in next generation turbine engines for hot-section component applications because of their ability to significantly increase engine operating temperatures, reduce engine weight and cooling requirements. However, the environmental stability of Si-based ceramics in high pressure, high velocity turbine engine combustion environment is of major concern. The water vapor containing combustion gas leads to accelerated oxidation and corrosion of the SiC based ceramics due to the water vapor reactions with silica (SiO2) scales forming non-protective volatile hydroxide species, resulting in recession of the ceramic components. Although environmental barrier coatings are being developed to help protect the CMC components, there is a need to better understand the fundamental recession behavior of in more realistic cooled engine component environments.In this paper, we describe a comprehensive film cooled high pressure burner rig based testing approach, by using standardized film cooled SiCSiC disc test specimen configurations. The SiCSiC specimens were designed for implementing the burner rig testing in turbine engine relevant combustion environments, obtaining generic film cooled recession rate data under the combustion water vapor conditions, and helping developing the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) film cooled models and performing model validation. Factors affecting the film cooled recession such as temperature, water vapor concentration, combustion gas velocity, and pressure are particularly investigated and modeled, and compared with impingement cooling only recession data in similar combustion flow environments. The experimental and modeling work will help predict the SiCSiC CMC recession behavior, and developing durable CMC systems in complex turbine engine operating conditions.

  19. Modern multicore and manycore architectures: Modelling, optimisation and benchmarking a multiblock CFD code

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    Hadade, Ioan; di Mare, Luca

    2016-08-01

    Modern multicore and manycore processors exhibit multiple levels of parallelism through a wide range of architectural features such as SIMD for data parallel execution or threads for core parallelism. The exploitation of multi-level parallelism is therefore crucial for achieving superior performance on current and future processors. This paper presents the performance tuning of a multiblock CFD solver on Intel SandyBridge and Haswell multicore CPUs and the Intel Xeon Phi Knights Corner coprocessor. Code optimisations have been applied on two computational kernels exhibiting different computational patterns: the update of flow variables and the evaluation of the Roe numerical fluxes. We discuss at great length the code transformations required for achieving efficient SIMD computations for both kernels across the selected devices including SIMD shuffles and transpositions for flux stencil computations and global memory transformations. Core parallelism is expressed through threading based on a number of domain decomposition techniques together with optimisations pertaining to alleviating NUMA effects found in multi-socket compute nodes. Results are correlated with the Roofline performance model in order to assert their efficiency for each distinct architecture. We report significant speedups for single thread execution across both kernels: 2-5X on the multicore CPUs and 14-23X on the Xeon Phi coprocessor. Computations at full node and chip concurrency deliver a factor of three speedup on the multicore processors and up to 24X on the Xeon Phi manycore coprocessor.

  20. CFD Modeling of Sodium-Oxide Deposition in Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor Compact Heat Exchangers

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    Tatli, Emre; Ferroni, Paolo; Mazzoccoli, Jason

    2015-09-02

    The possible use of compact heat exchangers (HXs) in sodium-cooled fast reactors (SFR) employing a Brayton cycle is promising due to their high power density and resulting small volume in comparison with conventional shell-and-tube HXs. However, the small diameter of their channels makes them more susceptible to plugging due to Na2O deposition during accident conditions. Although cold traps are designed to reduce oxygen impurity levels in the sodium coolant, their failure, in conjunction with accidental air ingress into the sodium boundary, could result in coolant oxygen levels that are above the saturation limit in the cooler parts of the HX channels. This can result in Na2O crystallization and the formation of solid deposits on cooled channel surfaces, limiting or even blocking coolant flow. The development of analysis tools capable of modeling the formation of these deposits in the presence of sodium flow will allow designers of SFRs to properly size the HX channels so that, in the scenario mentioned above, the reactor operator has sufficient time to detect and react to the affected HX. Until now, analytical methodologies to predict the formation of these deposits have been developed, but never implemented in a high-fidelity computational tool suited to modern reactor design techniques. This paper summarizes the challenges and the current status in the development of a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methodology to predict deposit formation, with particular emphasis on sensitivity studies on some parameters affecting deposition.

  1. Validation of CFD-models for natural convection, heat transfer and turbulence phenomena

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    Natural convection, heat transfer and turbulence phenomena play an important role for the distribution of steam and hydrogen in a reactor containment in the case of a severe accident. These phenomena have influence on all important aspects of an accident scenario, on transport processes, mixing of steam, hydrogen and air, the flammability and combustibility of the air/H2/steam-mixture, the temperature distribution and on the containment pressure. In cooperation with other institutions the GRS adapts and validates the CFX code developed by ANSYS for containment applications. To simulate convection and turbulence phenomena in an accident scenario in a reactor containment the simulation tools and models have to be validated with experimental data. For the validation of CFX two experiments performed at the THAI test facility were simulated (TH-18 and TH-21). THAI is a down-scaled containment facility operated at Becker Technologies, Eschborn, Germany, which was designed to investigate thermal hydraulic processes. The main component is a steel vessel with a height of 9.2 m and a cross-section of 3.2 m. The THAI facility could be divided into different subsections by an inner cylinder and different steel plates. The TH-18 experiment was designed for the validation of CFD models for mass transfer and turbulence. In the inner cylinder a fan was installed which produces a circular flow field in the THAI vessel. At different positions in the THAI vessel the velocity of the flow field was measured by PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry) and LDA (Laser Doppler Anemometer). The TH-21 experiment was designed for the investigation of heat transfer and natural convection phenomena. For this purpose the walls of the THAI vessel were heated differentially. The lower vessel wall was heated up to 120 deg.C and the upper vessel wall was cooled down to 46 deg.C. This differential heating induced a natural convection process in the THAI vessel. Pressure, temperature and flow velocity were

  2. A validated CFD model to predict O₂ and CO₂ transfer within hollow fiber membrane oxygenators.

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    Hormes, Marcus; Borchardt, Ralf; Mager, Ilona; Rode, Thomas Schmitz; Behr, Marek; Steinseifer, Ulrich

    2011-03-01

    Hollow fiber oxygenators provide gas exchange to and from the blood during heart surgery or lung recovery. Minimal fiber surface area and optimal gas exchange rate may be achieved by optimization of hollow fiber shape and orientation (1). In this study, a modified CFD model is developed and validated with a specially developed micro membrane oxygenator (MicroMox). The MicroMox was designed in such a way that fiber arrangement and bundle geometry are highly reproducible and potential flow channeling is avoided, which is important for the validation. Its small size (V(Fluid)=0.04 mL) allows the simulation of the entire bundle of 120 fibers. A non-Newtonian blood model was used as simulation fluid. Physical solubility and chemical bond of O₂ and CO₂ in blood was represented by the numerical model. Constant oxygen partial pressure at the pores of the fibers and a steady state flow field was used to calculate the mass transport. In order to resolve the entire MicroMox fiber bundle, the mass transport was simulated for symmetric geometry sections in flow direction. In vitro validation was achieved by measurements of the gas transfer rates of the MicroMox. All measurements were performed according to DIN EN 12022 (2) using porcine blood. The numerical simulation of the mass transfer showed good agreement with the experimental data for different mass flows and constant inlet partial pressures. Good agreement could be achieved for two different fiber configurations. Thus, it was possible to establish a validated model for the prediction of gas exchange in hollow fiber oxygenators. PMID:21462147

  3. CFD modelling of condensation of vapour in the pressurized PPOOLEX facility

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    PPOOLEX facility is a scaled-down model of a BWR containment consisting of two pressurized compartments. In the top part of the facility, is a dry well compartment, where air and vapour can be blown from air tanks and steam generators. In the bottom part of the facility, is a wet well compartment consisting of a water pool and a gas space above the water level. The floor between the two compartments is penetrated by a vertical vent pipe, whose lower end is submerged in the water pool of the wet well. When the pressure increases in the dry well, gas flows through the vent pipe to the water pool and to the gas space of the wet well. The total height of the PPOOLEX facility is about 7.4 m and the diameter about 2.4 m. The submergence depth of the vent pipe is about one meter. In the PPOOLEX experiment WLL-05-02, vapour was blown into the preheated dry well compartment of the facility. The initial temperature of the dry well was about 65 deg.C, and the initial temperature of the water pool in the wet well compartment was about 20 deg.C. In the beginning of the experiment, a vapour jet was injected into the dry well through an inlet plenum. The maximum mass flow rate of the jet was 0.54 kg/s, and the vapour temperature in the inlet plenum was about 140 deg.C. The vapour jet hit the opposite wall of the dry well, where wall condensation occurred. The temperature of the wall structures of the dry well rose and heat was conducted through uninsulated walls to the ambient laboratory. When the pressure in the dry well increased, the mixture of air and vapour started flowing through the vent pipe into the water pool of the wet well. The vent pipe was cleared of water and large gas bubbles formed at the pipe outlet with a frequency of about one hertz. The volume fraction of vapour in the dry well compartment increased and direct-contact condensation at the outlet of the vent pipe became significant. In the present work, a CFD simulation of the first 90 seconds of the experiment

  4. Effect of longwall face advance rate on spontaneous heating process in the gob area - CFD modelling

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    Boleslav Taraba; Zdenek Michalec [University of Ostrava, Ostrava (Czech Republic). Dept. of Chemistry

    2011-08-15

    A commercial CFD software programme, FLUENT, was used to study the oxidation process of coal in the mined-out longwall (gob) area. A three-dimensional, single-phase model with a continuously advancing longwall face has been developed. For the model, the gob longwall area was designed on the basis of the actual longwall panel operating in the Ostrava-Karvina Coal Mines (OKD, Czech Republic). The behaviour of the coal to oxygen was modelled using the results arising mainly from the former laboratory-scale experiments with Czech bituminous coals. Basically, the technique of pulse flow calorimetry and measurements at a continuous airflow reactor were applied during the laboratory investigations. In the contribution, the main focus was to understand the effect of the longwall face advancing speed on the oxidation heat production as well as evolution of the gases in the gob area. Simultaneously, the effect of coal crushing in the mined-out area on the spontaneous heating process was examined. Numerical simulations confirmed the existence of a 'favourable' zone for the onset and development of the spontaneous heating process in the gob area. The location and the maximal temperature reached in the 'favourable' zone were found to be significantly affected by the advancing rate of the coalface. The slower the advancing rate is, the higher the maximal temperature and smaller the depth of the 'favourable' zone in the gob area are. When the rate drops to a certain 'critical' value, spontaneous heating turns to flammable combustion of the coal. The value of the 'critical' advancing rate was confirmed to increase if the grain size of the coal left in the gob decreases. Numerical examinations of carbon monoxide concentrations then proved that small incidents of spontaneous heating could occur in the gob area that need not be detected in the airflow of the longwall tail gate. 46 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  5. Numerical estimation of wall friction ratio near the pseudo-critical point with CFD-models

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    Angelucci, M. [University of Pisa, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica Nucleare e della Produzione (Italy); Ambrosini, W., E-mail: w.ambrosini@ing.unipi.it [University of Pisa, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica Nucleare e della Produzione (Italy); Forgione, N. [University of Pisa, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica Nucleare e della Produzione (Italy)

    2013-11-15

    In this paper, the STAR-CCM+ CFD code is used in the attempt to reproduce the values of friction factor observed in experimental data at supercritical pressures at various operating conditions. A short survey of available data and correlations for smooth pipe friction in circular pipes puts the basis for the discussion, reporting observed trends of friction factor in the liquid-like and the gas-like regions and within the transitional region across the pseudo-critical temperature. For smooth pipes, a general decrease of the friction factor in the transitional region is reported, constituting one of the relevant effects to be predicted by the computational fluid-dynamic models. A limited number of low-Reynolds number models are adopted, making use of refined near-wall discretisation as required by the constraint y{sup +} < 1 at the wall. In particular, the Lien k–ε and the SST k–ω models are considered. The values of the wall shear stress calculated by the code are then post-processed on the basis of bulk fluid properties to obtain the Fanning and then the Darcy–Weisbach friction factors, based on their classical definitions. The obtained values are compared with those provided by experimental tests and correlations, finding a reasonable qualitative agreement. Expectedly, the agreement is better in the gas-like and liquid-like regions, where fluid property changes are moderate, than in the transitional region, where the trends provided by available correlations are reproduced only in a qualitative way.

  6. Prediction of wall friction for fluids at supercritical pressure with CFD models

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    Angelucci, M.; Ambrosini, W.; Forgione, N., E-mail: w.ambrosini@ing.unipi.it, E-mail: n.forgione@ing.unipi.it [Univ. of Pisa, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica Nucleare e della Produzione (Italy)

    2011-07-01

    In this paper, the STAR-CCM+ CFD code is used in the attempt to reproduce the values of friction factor observed in experimental data at supercritical pressures at various operating conditions. A short survey of available data and correlations for smooth pipe friction in circular pipes puts the basis for the discussion, reporting observed trends of friction factor in the liquid-like and the gas-like regions and within the transitional region around the pseudo-critical temperature. For smooth pipes, a general decrease of the friction factor in the transitional region is reported, constituting one of the relevant effects to be predicted by the computational fluid-dynamic models. A limited number of low-Reynolds number models is adopted, making use of refined near-wall discretisations as required by the constraint y{sup +} < 1 at the wall. In particular, the Lien k-ε and the SST k-ω models are considered. The values of the wall shear stress calculated by the code are then post-processed on the basis of bulk fluid properties to obtain the Fanning and then the Darcy-Weisbach friction factors, basing on their classical definitions. The obtained values are compared with those provided by experimental tests and correlations, finding a reasonable qualitative agreement. Expectedly, the agreement is better in the gas-like and liquid-like regions, where fluid property changes are moderate, than in the transitional region, where the trends provided by available correlations are reproduced only in a qualitative way. (author)

  7. Prediction of wall friction for fluids at supercritical pressure with CFD models

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    In this paper, the STAR-CCM+ CFD code is used in the attempt to reproduce the values of friction factor observed in experimental data at supercritical pressures at various operating conditions. A short survey of available data and correlations for smooth pipe friction in circular pipes puts the basis for the discussion, reporting observed trends of friction factor in the liquid-like and the gas-like regions and within the transitional region around the pseudo-critical temperature. For smooth pipes, a general decrease of the friction factor in the transitional region is reported, constituting one of the relevant effects to be predicted by the computational fluid-dynamic models. A limited number of low-Reynolds number models is adopted, making use of refined near-wall discretisations as required by the constraint y+ < 1 at the wall. In particular, the Lien k-ε and the SST k-ω models are considered. The values of the wall shear stress calculated by the code are then post-processed on the basis of bulk fluid properties to obtain the Fanning and then the Darcy-Weisbach friction factors, basing on their classical definitions. The obtained values are compared with those provided by experimental tests and correlations, finding a reasonable qualitative agreement. Expectedly, the agreement is better in the gas-like and liquid-like regions, where fluid property changes are moderate, than in the transitional region, where the trends provided by available correlations are reproduced only in a qualitative way. (author)

  8. Multi-scale Model Coupling for CFD Simulations of Discharge Dispersion in the Sea

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    Robinson, D.; Wood, M.; Piggott, M. D.; Gorman, G.

    2014-12-01

    The processes that influence the dispersion of effluent discharges in the sea occur over a wide range of length and time scales. The distance that effluent can travel before it is considered mixed can be several kilometres, whereas the turbulent eddies that affect the near-field mixing of a discharge can be as small as a few centimetres. The range of scales that are involved mean that it is not generally practical to include all influencing physical phenomena within one model. Typically, the modelling of effluent dispersion is performed using two separate numerical models: a local model of the outlet(s), including the near-field effects of momentum, buoyancy and turbulence; and a larger scale model that can include the far-field effects of tidal-, wind- and wave-driven-currents, water depth variations, atmospheric fluxes, and Coriolis forces. The boundary between the two models is often not strictly defined, but is usually placed at the transition from where the behaviour of the effluent is dominated by the ambient environment, rather than the discharge characteristics and outfall configuration. In most real applications, this transition line varies considerably in time and space. This paper presents the findings of collaborative research between the Applied Modelling and Computation Group (AMCG) at Imperial College London, UK, and HR Wallingford Ltd. Results are presented using a range of coupling methods to link the near- and far-field mixing regions. An idealised domain and tidal conditions are used, with the outfall and ambient conditions typical of those found at small coastal desalination plants. Open-source CFD code Fluidity is used for both the near-field and far-field modelling. Fluidity scales well when run in parallel on large numbers of cores. It also has an anisotropic adaptive mesh capability which allows local control over solution accuracy throughout the domain. This combination means that accuracy can be achieved without excessive time costs, with

  9. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) applications in rocket propulsion analysis and design

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    McConnaughey, P. K.; Garcia, R.; Griffin, L. W.; Ruf, J. H.

    1993-11-01

    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has been used in recent applications to affect subcomponent designs in liquid propulsion rocket engines. This paper elucidates three such applications for turbine stage, pump stage, and combustor chamber geometries. Details of these applications include the development of a high turning airfoil for a gas generator (GG) powered, liquid oxygen (LOX) turbopump, single-stage turbine using CFD as an integral part of the design process. CFD application to pump stage design has emphasized analysis of inducers, impellers, and diffuser/volute sections. Improvements in pump stage impeller discharge flow uniformity have been seen through CFD optimization on coarse grid models. In the area of combustor design, recent CFD analysis of a film cooled ablating combustion chamber has been used to quantify the interaction between film cooling rate, chamber wall contraction angle, and geometry and their effects of these quantities on local wall temperature. The results are currently guiding combustion chamber design and coolant flow rate for an upcoming subcomponent test. Critical aspects of successful integration of CFD into the design cycle includes a close-coupling of CFD and design organizations, quick turnaround of parametric analyses once a baseline CFD benchmark has been established, and the use of CFD methodology and approaches that address pertinent design issues. In this latter area, some problem details can be simplified while retaining key physical aspects to maintain analytical integrity.

  10. CFD Experiments for Wind-Turbine-Platform Seakeeping Models and Flow Physics

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    Dunbar, Alexander; Paterson, Eric; Craven, Brent; Brasseur, James

    2013-11-01

    As part of the Penn State ``Cyber Wind Facility,'' we describe the development and application of a tightly-coupled CFD/6-DOF solver in OpenFOAM for the simulation of offshore floating wind turbine platforms. We highlight the tightly-coupled computational framework and validation of the solver via a comparison with benchmark experimental measurements. The validated CFD/6-DOF solver is then applied to the OC4 DeepCwind semisubmersible for the prediction of platform motion due to wind and wave loading. Supported by the US Department of Energy.

  11. Coarse-Grid-CFD for pressure loss evaluation in rod bundles

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    CFD simulation of the complete reactor core of a nuclear power plant requires exceedingly huge computational resources so that this crude power approach has not been pursued yet. The traditional approach is the use of one dimensional sub channel analysis, employing calibrated transport models. Coarse-Grid-CFD is an attractive alternative technique based on strongly under-resolved CFD and the inviscid Euler equations. Obviously, using inviscid equations and coarse grids does not resolve all the relevant physics. The neglected physics is restored by additional volumetric source terms modeling viscosity and other sub-grid effects. The source terms are implemented via correlations derived from fully resolved representative simulations. The new simulation technique is demonstrated for a rod bundle experiment performed at the KALLA experiment of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) which includes three spacer grids. In this paper a 3D CFD study of the rod bundle is presented. A representative computational domain of the bundle is selected for the Coarse-Grid-CFD study. Comparison of the 3D CFD results to experimental results shows that a good agreement is obtained by an adequate selection of the computational grid. Coarse-Grid- CFD study results in good agreement with 3D CFD results. Careful selection of the representative coarse grid in geometrically complex regions like spacers is recommended. (authors)

  12. Investigations of the transportation characteristics of biomass fuel particles in a horizontal pipeline through CFD modelling and experimental measurement

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    Recent national and international emission legislations to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide are forcing power generation industries using coal to look at various alternatives, such as biomass and especially by co-firing techniques. Biomass is transported to the burners either mixed with the primary fuel, in general, coal, or used in dedicated pipelines. In both cases, transportation of biomass is difficult due to its composition, size, shape and physical behaviour in comparison to the transportation of coal. This study considers experimental measurements for biomass particle transportation in a pipeline with a transverse elbow and compares the results with those using computation fluid dynamic (CFD) techniques. Various materials: flour, willow, wood, bark and a mixture of flour and willow, have been considered in the present investigation. The experimental work was performed using the dynamic changes in the electrostatic charges of biomass particles in conjunction with correlation signal processing techniques. The CFD simulations were performed by considering the effects of gravity, non-spherical drag (based on estimated shape factor), detailed information of the particle distribution, particle wall collisions and particle–particle interactions. Good quantitative and qualitative agreement was obtained between the CFD simulations and the experimental data. It is concluded that particle–particle interactions are of less importance if the mass loading ratio of particles to air is less than 0.03. -- Highlights: ► Dispersed biomass particle transportation is studied using experiments and CFD. ► Inclusion of asphericity in the drag model clearly demonstrated the improvements. ► Gravity effects are found to be important for correct particle distribution in pipe lines. ► Inter-particle collisions were less important for mass loading ratios <0.05 kg/kg.

  13. Comparison of film condensation models in presence of non-condensable gases implemented in a CFD Code

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    Martin-Valdepenas, J.M.; Jimenez, M.A.; Martin-Fuertes, F. [Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Jose Gutierrez Abascal, 2, E-28006, Madrid (Spain); Benitez, J.A. Fernandez [Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Departamento de Ingenieria Energetica y Fluidomecanica, Jose Gutierrez Abascal, 2, E-28006, Madrid (Spain)

    2005-09-01

    Several film condensation models in presence of non-condensable gases are presented. They have been implemented in a CFD code and compared with experimental data. The aim was to improve the code for simulating the gas mixing process in large containment buildings involving steam. The models based on correlation are more robust and simpler, but they work badly out of their experimental conditions. The mechanistic models, based on the diffusion layer theory, work well in numerous conditions but the algorithm are more complicated. Moreover, they run badly when the convective heat transfer is not well predicted by the code. (orig.)

  14. CFD analysis and flow model reduction for surfactant production in helix reactor = CFD analiza i redukcija modela strujanja za proizvodnju surfaktanta u helix reaktoru

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    Nikačević, N.M.; Thielen, L.; Twerda, A.; Hof, P.M.J. van den

    2015-01-01

    Flow pattern analysis in a spiral Helix reactor is conducted, for the application in commercial surfactant production. Step change response curves (SCR) were obtained from numerical tracer experiments by three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. Non-reactive flow is simulated

  15. CFD analysis and flow model reduction for surfactant production in helix reactor

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    Nikačević, N.M.; Thielen, L.; Twerda, A.; Hof, P.M.J. van den

    2014-01-01

    Flow pattern analysis in a spiral Helix reactor is conducted, for the application in the commercial surfactant production. Step change response curves (SCR) were obtained from numerical tracer experiments by three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. Non-reactive flow is simul

  16. Physical characterization of biomass fuels prepared for suspension firing in utility boilers for CFD modelling

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    Rosendahl, Lasse; Yin, Chungen; Kær, Søren Knudsen;

    2007-01-01

    shapes. The sample is subdivided by straw type, and coherent size, type and mass distribution parameters are reported for the entire sample. This type of data is necessary in order to use CFD reliably as a design and retrofit tool for co-firing biomass with fossil fuels, as the combustion processes of...

  17. CFD studies on the phenomena around counter-current flow limitations of gas/liquid two-phase flow in a model of a PWR hot leg

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    Deendarlianto, E-mail: deendarlianto@ugm.ac.id [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Institute of Safety Research, P.O. Box 510 119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Gadjah Mada University, Jalan Grafika No. 2, Yogyakarta 55281 (Indonesia); Hoehne, Thomas; Lucas, Dirk; Vallee, Christophe [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Institute of Safety Research, P.O. Box 510 119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Zabala, Gustavo Adolfo Montoya [Department of Chemical Engineering, Simon Bolivar University, Valle of Sartenejas, Caracas 1080 (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)

    2011-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We modelled CCFL in a PWR hot leg using Algebraic Interfacial Area Density model. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The model is able to distinguish the local flow morphologies. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Test fluids are air-water and steam-water. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Calculated CCFL and water level are in good agreement with experimental data. - Abstract: In order to improve the understanding of counter-current two-phase flow and to validate new physical models, CFD simulations of a 1/3rd scale model of the hot leg of a German Konvoi pressurized water reactor (PWR) with rectangular cross section were performed. Selected counter-current flow limitation (CCFL) experiments conducted at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) were calculated with ANSYS CFX using the multi-fluid Euler-Euler modelling approach. The transient calculations were carried out using a gas/liquid inhomogeneous multiphase flow model coupled with a shear stress transport (SST) turbulence model. In the simulation, the drag law was approached by a newly developed correlation of the drag coefficient in the Algebraic Interfacial Area Density (AIAD) model. The model can distinguish the bubbles, droplets and the free surface using the local liquid phase volume fraction value. A comparison with the high-speed video observations shows a good qualitative agreement. The results indicate also a quantitative agreement between calculations and experimental data for the CCFL characteristics and the water level inside the hot leg channel.

  18. Simulation of unprotected LOFA in MTR reactors using a mix CFD and one-d computation tool

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    Highlights: • No CFD study of LOFA without SCRAM in MTR reactor has been found in the literature. • A chart that provides safety limits during the unprotected LOFA sequences is provided. • The CFD model developed can be adapted for simulating reactivity insertion accident. - Abstract: CFD is expected to feature more frequently in reactor thermal hydraulics. The reason for the increased use of multidimensional CFD methods is not only the increased availability of capable computer systems but also the ongoing drive to improve and reduce uncertainty in our predictions of important phenomena. In this work, a CFD model coupled with the reactor point kinetics equations is developed using the CFD code, Fluent to simulate loss of flow accident (LOFA) without SCRAM in a typical material testing reactor (MTR). The CFD model is used to simulate the core behavior during transient up to the onset of nucleate boiling (ONB) point. PARET code is used not only to validate the CFD model but also to complete simulation during the sub-cooled boiling regime. The focus is on establishing a new CFD approach in the reactor safety analysis and determining the two-phase flow stability boundaries as function of initial reactor conditions. Both ONB and onset of flow instability (OFI) is predicted. Besides a useful chart is provided, which describes the stability region in terms of initial reactor power, core inlet temperature, and power peaking factor

  19. DEVELOPMENTS AND APPLICATIONS OF CFD SIMULATIONS OF MICROMETEOROLOGY AND POLLUTION TRANSPORT IN SUPPORT OF AIR QUALITY MODELING

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    Development and application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations are being advanced through case studies for simulating air pollutant concentrations from sources within open fields and within complex urban building environments. CFD applications have been under deve...

  20. An approach to improve the separation of solid-liquid suspensions in inclined plate settlers: CFD simulation and experimental validation.

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    Salem, A I; Okoth, G; Thöming, J

    2011-05-01

    The most important requirements for achieving effective separation conditions in inclined plate settler (IPS) are its hydraulic performance and the equal distribution of suspensions between settler channels, both of which depend on the inlet configuration. In this study, three different inlet structures were used to explore the effect of feeding a bench scale IPS via a nozzle distributor on its hydraulic performance and separation efficiency. Experimental and Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) analyses were carried out to evaluate the hydraulic characteristics of the IPS. Comparing the experimental results with the predicted results by CFD simulation implies that the CFD software can play a useful role in studying the hydraulic performance of the IPS by employing residence time distribution (RTD) curves. The results also show that the use of a nozzle distributor can significantly enhance the hydraulic performance of the IPS, which contributes to the improvement of its separation efficiency. PMID:21546049

  1. Modeling industrial thickener using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), a case study:Tailing thickener in the Sarcheshmeh copper mine

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    Majid Ebrahimzadeh Gheshlaghi; Ataallah Soltani Goharrizi; Alireza Aghajani Shahrivar; Hadi Abdollahi

    2013-01-01

    Separation of particles from liquid in the large gravitational tanks is widely used in mining and industrial wastewater treatment process. Thickener is key unit in the operational processes of hydrometallurgy and is used to separate solid from liquid. In this study, population balance models were combined with com-putational fluid dynamics (CFD) for modeling the tailing thickener. Parameters such as feed flow rate, flocculant dosage, inlet solid percent and feedwell were investigated. CFD was used to simulate the industrial tailing thickener with settled bed of 120 m diameter which is located in the Sarcheshmeh cop-per mine. Important factor of drag force that defines the rake torque of rotating paddles on the bed was also determined. Two phases turbulence model of Eulerian/Eulerian in accordance with turbulence model of k-e was used in the steady-state. Also population balance model consists of 15 groups of particle sizes with Luo and Lehr kernel was used for aggregation/breakage kernel. The simulation results showed good agreement with the operational data.

  2. A Study on the Role of Reaction Modeling in Multi-phase CFD-based Simulations of Chemical Looping Combustion

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    Chemical Looping Combustion is an energy efficient combustion technology for the inherent separation of carbon dioxide for both gaseous and solid fuels. For scale up and further development of this process multi-phase CFD-based simulations have a strong potential which rely on kinetic models for the solid/gaseous reactions. Reaction models are usually simple in structure in order to keep the computational cost low. They are commonly derived from thermogravimetric experiments. With only few CFD-based simulations performed on chemical looping combustion, there is a lack in understanding of the role and of the sensitivity of the applied chemical reaction model on the outcome of a simulation. The aim of this investigation is therefore the study of three different carrier materials CaSO4, Mn3O4 and NiO with the gaseous fuels H2 and CH4 in a batch type reaction vessel. Four reaction models namely the linear shrinking core, the spherical shrinking core, the Avrami-Erofeev and a recently proposed multi parameter model are applied and compared on a case by case basis. (authors)

  3. Assessment against DNS data of a coupled CFD-stochastic model for particle dispersion in turbulent channel flows

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    The accurate prediction of particle transport is a primary safety issue. Tracking particles in Lagrangian fashion can naturally be performed with CFD tools which provide the right framework to follow the paths of particles in complex geometries. The presence of turbulent structures in the fluid complicates the particle tracking problem considerably, because particle trajectories are no longer deterministic and additional modeling of the velocity fluctuations is needed. In the present investigation, a Lagrangian continuous random walk (CRW) model is developed to predict turbulent particle dispersion in wall-bounded flows with prevailing inhomogeneous turbulence. The particle model uses 3D mean flow data from the Fluent CFD code, as well as Eulerian statistics from Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) databases. The turbulent fluid velocities are based on the non-dimensional Langevin equation. The model predictions are compared to the DNS data by Marchioli et al. (2007) who produced detailed statistics of velocity and transfer rates for classes of particles having Stokes numbers between 0.2 and 125 and dispersed in a parallel channel flow with Ret=150. The model is in very good agreement with the DNS data for the various measures of particle dispersion. The predicted deposition rates are also in good agreement with the widely used experimental correlation of McCoy and Hanratty (1977) and Liu and Agarwal (1974). (authors)

  4. A Solution Strategy to Include the Opening of the Opercular Slits in Moving-Mesh CFD Models of Suction Feeding.

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    Van Wassenbergh, Sam

    2015-07-01

    The gill cover of fish and pre-metamorphic salamanders has a key role in suction feeding by acting as a one-way valve. It initially closes and avoids an inflow of water through the gill slits, after which it opens to allow outflow of the water that was sucked through the mouth into the expanded buccopharyngeal cavity. However, due to the inability of analytical models (relying on the continuity principle) to calculate the flow of fluid through a cavity with two openings and that was changing in shape and size, stringent boundary conditions had to be used in previously developed mathematical models after the moment of the valve's opening. By solving additionally for the conservation of momentum, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has the capacity to dynamically simulate these flows, but this technique also faces complications in modeling a transition from closed to open valves. Here, I present a relatively simple solution strategy to incorporate the opening of the valves, exemplified in an axisymmetrical model of a suction-feeding sunfish in ANSYS Fluent software. By controlling viscosity of a separately defined fluid entity in the region of the opercular cavity, early inflow can be blocked (high viscosity assigned) and later outflow can be allowed (changing viscosity to that of water). Finally, by analyzing the CFD solution obtained for the sunfish model, a few new insights into the biomechanics of suction feeding are gained. PMID:25936359

  5. Insights in hydrodynamics of bubbling fluidized beds at elevated pressure by DEM-CFD approach

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    Zahra Mansourpour; Sedighe Karimi; Reza Zarghami; Navid Mostoufi; Rahmat Sotudeh-Gharebagh

    2010-01-01

    A numerical simulation was conducted to study the effect of pressure on bubble dynamics in a gas-solid fluidized bed. The gas flow was modeled using the continuum theory and the solid phase, by the dis-crete element method (DEM). To validate the simulation results, calculated local pressure fluctuations were compared with corresponding experimental data of 1-mm polyethylene particles. It was shown that the model successfully predicts the hydrodynamic features of the fluidized bed as observed in the experiments. Influence of pressure on bubble rise characteristics such as bubble rise path, bubble sta-bility, average bubbles diameter and bubble velocity through the bed was investigated. The simulation results are in conformity with current hydrodynamic theories and concepts for fluidized beds at high pressures. The results show further that elevated pressure reduces bubble growth, velocity and stability and enhances bubble gyration through the bed, leading to change in bed flow structure.

  6. Analysis of the Hydrogen Reduction Rate of Magnetite Concentrate Particles in a Drop Tube Reactor Through CFD Modeling

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    Fan, Deqiu; Mohassab, Yousef; Elzohiery, Mohamed; Sohn, H. Y.

    2016-06-01

    A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) approach, coupled with experimental results, was developed to accurately evaluate the kinetic parameters of iron oxide particle reduction. Hydrogen reduction of magnetite concentrate particles was used as a sample case. A detailed evaluation of the particle residence time and temperature profile inside the reactor is presented. This approach eliminates the errors associated with assumptions like constant particle temperature and velocity while the particles travel down a drop tube reactor. The gas phase was treated as a continuum in the Eulerian frame of reference, and the particles are tracked using a Lagrangian approach in which the trajectory and velocity are determined by integrating the equation of particle motion. In addition, a heat balance on the particle that relates the particle temperature to convection and radiation was also applied. An iterative algorithm that numerically solves the governing coupled ordinary differential equations was developed to determine the pre-exponential factor and activation energy that best fit the experimental data.

  7. Coupled MBS-CFD simulation of the IDEOL floating offshore wind turbine foundation compared to wave tank model test data

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    Beyer, Friedemann; Choisnet, Thomas; Kretschmer, Matthias; Cheng, Po Wen

    2015-01-01

    A two MW floating offshore wind turbine is currently developed within the EU-FP7 project FLOATGEN. A wave tank test of the floater model at 1/32th scale has been performed in extreme wave conditions. In the present study numerical calculations of the floating foundation with regular waves using coupled MBS-CFD methods are compared to experimental data enabling a validation. Results of the wave elevation, floater motion and mooring line tension show a very good correlation. Flow phenomena like...

  8. CFD Application and OpenFOAM on the 2-D Model for the Moderator System of Heavy-Water Reactors

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    The flow in the complex pipeline system in a calandria tank of CANDU reactor is transported through the distribution of heat sources, which also exerts the pressure drop to the coolant flow. So the phenomena should be considered as multi-physics both in the viewpoints of heat transfer and fluid dynamics. In this study, we have modeled the calandria tank system as two-dimensional simplified one preliminarily that is yet far from the real objects, but to see the essential physics and to test the possibility of the present CFD(computational fluid dynamics) methods for the thermo-hydraulic problem in the moderator system of heavy-water reactors

  9. A semi-parabolic wake model for large offshore wind farms based on the open source CFD solver OpenFOAM

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Wake effect represents one of the main sources of energy loss and uncertainty when designing offshore wind farms. Traditionally analytical models have been used to optimize and estimate power deficits. However these models have shown to underestimate wake effect and consequently overestimate output power [1, 2]. This means that analytical models can be very helpful at optimizing preliminary layouts but not as accurate as needed for an ultimate fine design. Different techniques can be found in the literature to study wind turbine wakes that include simplified kinematic models and more advanced field models, that solve flow equations with different turbulence closure schemes. See the review papers of Crespo et al. [3], Vermeer et al. [4], and Sanderse et al. [5]. Purely elliptic Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD models based on the actuator disk technique have been developed during the last years [6–8]. They consider wind turbine rotor as a disk where a distribution of axial forces act over the incoming air. It is a fair approach but it can still be computationally expensive for big wind farms in an operative mode. With this technique still active, an alternative approach inspired on the parabolic wake models [9, 10] is proposed. Wind turbine rotors continue to be represented as actuator disks but now the domain is split into subdomains containing one or more wind turbines. The output of each subdomain is mapped onto the input boundary of the next one until the end of the domain is reached, getting a considerable decrease on computational time, by a factor of order 10. As the model is based on the open source CFD solver OpenFOAM, it can be parallelized to speed-up convergence. The near wake is calculated so no initial wind speed deficit profiles have to be supposed as in totally parabolic models and alternative turbulence models, such as the anisotropic Reynolds Stress Model (RSM can be used. Traditional problems of elliptic models related to

  10. CFD modelling of flow mal-distribution in an industrial ammonia oxidation reactor: A case study

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    Ammonia oxidation reactor is widely used in nitric acid plant to cause the catalytic reaction between air and ammonia to produce nitrous gases. In this work, the flow distribution inside the ammonia oxidation reactor at Shiraz Petrochemical Complex (SPC) has been simulated using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code. The CFD results showed that the flow is non-uniformly distributed inside the reactor due to improper header design of the reactor. Measuring of the temperature distribution around the skin of the reactor has been carried out using thermograph. The thermograph experiment showed a considerable temperature difference between the left and right side of the reactor. It was found that the mal-distribution of the gas flow inside the reactor can directly affect the performance of the reactor. - Highlights: •A failure has been observed in an industrial ammonia oxidation reactor. •CFD code helps to simulate the flow inside the reactor. •The flow becomes non-uniformly distributed due to the reactor header mal-design. •The flow mal-distribution results in some drawbacks

  11. 3D CFD modeling of subsonic and transonic flowing-gas DPALs with different pumping geometries

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    Yacoby, Eyal; Sadot, Oren; Barmashenko, Boris D.; Rosenwaks, Salman

    2015-10-01

    Three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (3D CFD) modeling of subsonic (Mach number M ~ 0.2) and transonic (M ~ 0.9) diode pumped alkali lasers (DPALs), taking into account fluid dynamics and kinetic processes in the lasing medium is reported. The performance of these lasers is compared with that of supersonic (M ~ 2.7 for Cs and M ~ 2.4 for K) DPALs. The motivation for this study stems from the fact that subsonic and transonic DPALs require much simpler hardware than supersonic ones where supersonic nozzle, diffuser and high power mechanical pump (due to a drop in the gas total pressure in the nozzle) are required for continuous closed cycle operation. For Cs DPALs with 5 x 5 cm2 flow cross section pumped by large cross section (5 x 2 cm2) beam the maximum achievable power of supersonic devices is higher than that of the transonic and subsonic devices by only ~ 3% and ~ 10%, respectively. Thus in this case the supersonic operation mode has no substantial advantage over the transonic one. The main processes limiting the power of Cs supersonic DPALs are saturation of the D2 transition and large ~ 60% losses of alkali atoms due to ionization, whereas the influence of gas heating is negligible. For K transonic DPALs both the gas heating and ionization effects are shown to be unimportant. The maximum values of the power are higher than those in Cs transonic laser by ~ 11%. The power achieved in the supersonic and transonic K DPAL is higher than for the subsonic version, with the same resonator and K density at the inlet, by ~ 84% and ~ 27%, respectively, showing a considerable advantaged of the supersonic device over the transonic one. For pumping by rectangular beams of the same (5 x 2 cm2) cross section, comparison between end-pumping - where the laser beam and pump beam both propagate at along the same axis, and transverse-pumping - where they propagate perpendicularly to each other, shows that the output power and optical-to-optical efficiency are not

  12. Development of CFD Code for Subcooled Boiling Two-Phase Flow with Modeling of the Interfacial Area Transport Equation

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    The interfacial area transport equation for the subcooled boiling flow was developed with a mechanistic model for the wall boiling source term. It included the bubble lift-off diameter model and lift-off frequency reduction factor model. To implement the model, the two-phase flow CFD code was developed, which was named as EAGLE (Elaborated Analysis of Gas-Liquid Evolution). The developed model and EAGLE code was validated the experimental data of SUBO and SNU facilities. The computational analysis revealed that the interfacial area transport equation with the bubble lift-off diameter model agreed well with the experimental results. It presents that the source term for the wall nucleation enhanced the prediction capability for a multi-dimensional behavior of void fraction or interfacial area concentration

  13. CFD Simulations on a partially submerged cylinder under regular waves using OpenFOAM

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    Diz-Lois Palomares, Gonzalo

    2015-01-01

    In this Master Thesis, an overview of the performance and applicability of IHFoam numerical tool to offshore engineering related problems is presented. IHFoam is a recent numerical tool for wave modeling using a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) approach, a set of boundary conditions for modelling of numerical wave tanks, compiled together within a well known CFD project, OpenFOAM\\textregistered. This is being constantly developed by scientific research communities worldwide and is also...

  14. Study on CFD approach for gas entrainment phenomenon. Evaluation of applicability of finite element flow analysis

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    The report is concerned with the evaluation of applicability of numerical modelling methods for the prediction of gas entrainment in an upper plenum of a sodium-cooled fast breeder reactor (FBR). Special attention was paid to applicability of variational multiscale (VMS) modelling in the context of the Finite Element Method. Two flow problems, which were experimentally shown to induce gas entrainment, are solved by a VMS code (MISTRAL). First, computing a benchmark problem of a gas entrainment swirl flow in a cylindrical vessel has led to the following results; (1) the VMS solution is able to resolve the precise vortex core structure more accurately than the non-VMS solution computed by Smart-fem. The circumferential velocity obtained from VMS computation rises almost double in comparison with the non-VMS solution, though it still underestimates the experimental values. (2) the half-value radius of the negative region of the second invariant of velocity gradient matches well between the VMS solution and non-VMS solution. (3) the negative/positive boundary of the second invariant of velocity gradient obtained from the VMS solution is closer to the vortex core radius observed in the experiment than that of the non-VMS solution, though the vortex dip length computed from the VMS result is shorter than the experimental value. Second, computing a benchmark problem of open channel flow with a square pillar and downstream suction pipe has led to the following results; (4) 2Δx-type spatial oscillation was observed due to lack of mesh subdivisions. (5) the distributional profile of the second invariant of velocity gradient is similar to that of the first problem (swirl flow in a cylindrical vessel), characterized by a strong negative region surrounded by a weak positive region. As a possible future plan, it may be necessary to analyze more precisely the features of unsteady vortices obtained in the second benchmark problem and to identify the difference (if any) from the

  15. Investigation of Drag Force on Fibres of Bonded Spherical Elements using a Coupled CFD-DEM Approach

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    Sørensen, Henrik; Jensen, Anna Lyhne; Rosendahl, Lasse Aistrup;

    2016-01-01

    as the first step towards simulation of clogging effects using CFD-DEM. The drag force on cylinders of finite aspect ratios 2 < beta < 40 for Reynolds numbers in the range 0.1 Re 1000 at an angle normal to the flow direction are investigated. The drag is examined along the span of the cylinders and...

  16. Validation of CFD models for microscale nanoprecipitation reactor using μ-PIV and confocal μ-LIF

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    Shi, Yanxiang; Olsen, Michael G.; Fox, Rodney O.

    2011-11-01

    Over the past a few decades, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models have become more and more important in the process of reactor design in chemical engineering. Compared to experimental methods, they can provide comprehensive information on the flow field as well as other fields, such as concentration. However, they also need to be validated against experimental data to ensure the accuracy. In this work, the micro-scale particle image velocimetry (μ-PIV) is employed in conjunction with the confocal-base micro-scale laser induced fluorescence (μ-LIF) to specifically validate CFD models for use in microscale nanoprecipitation reactor. The former is for the velocity field measurement and the latter gives us the mixture fraction information. Both RANS and LES are used to simulate the field flow. For RANS, a DQMOM-IEM micromixing model is used to predict the mixture fraction field while only a scalar transport equation is solved in the LES simulations. Comparisons between simulation results and experimental data show that RANS might not be the right tool for such reactors. LES, on the other hand, gives reasonably satisfactory predictions.

  17. A comparison of actuator disc and BEM models in CFD simulations for the prediction of offshore wake losses

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    In this paper computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations are performed using ANSYS CFX to compare wake interaction results obtained from two rotor modelling methodologies: the standard actuator disc and the blade element momentum model (BEM). The unsteady simulations embed Coriolis forces and neutral stability conditions in the surface layer and stable conditions in the free stream. The BEM method is implemented in the CFD code through a pre-processing set of files that employs look-up tables. The control system for the wind turbines is considered through look-up tables that are constructed based on operational wind farm data. Simulations using the actuator disc and BEM methodologies have been performed using a number of different turbulence models in order to compare the wind turbine wake structure results. The use of URANS and LES numerical methods, coupled with the two different methodologies of representing the turbine, enables an assessment to be made of the details required for varying degrees of accuracy in computing the wake structures. The findings stress the importance of including the rotation of the wake and the non-uniform load on the rotor in LES simulations to account for more accurate turbulence intensity levels in the near wake

  18. A comparison of actuator disc and BEM models in CFD simulations for the prediction of offshore wake losses

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    Lavaroni, Luca; Watson, Simon J.; Cook, Malcolm J.; Dubal, Mark R.

    2014-06-01

    In this paper computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations are performed using ANSYS CFX to compare wake interaction results obtained from two rotor modelling methodologies: the standard actuator disc and the blade element momentum model (BEM). The unsteady simulations embed Coriolis forces and neutral stability conditions in the surface layer and stable conditions in the free stream. The BEM method is implemented in the CFD code through a pre-processing set of files that employs look-up tables. The control system for the wind turbines is considered through look-up tables that are constructed based on operational wind farm data. Simulations using the actuator disc and BEM methodologies have been performed using a number of different turbulence models in order to compare the wind turbine wake structure results. The use of URANS and LES numerical methods, coupled with the two different methodologies of representing the turbine, enables an assessment to be made of the details required for varying degrees of accuracy in computing the wake structures. The findings stress the importance of including the rotation of the wake and the non-uniform load on the rotor in LES simulations to account for more accurate turbulence intensity levels in the near wake.

  19. Nuclear Energy CFD Application Management System

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    In modeling and simulation (M and S), it is virtually impossible to separately evaluate the effectiveness of the model from the data used because the results produced rely heavily on the interaction between the two. Both the data and the simulation are responsible for achieving the ultimate goal of providing defensible research and development (R and D) products and decisions. It is therefore vital that data verification and validation (V and V) activities, along with stringent configuration management, be considered part of the overall M and S accreditation process. In support of these goals is the Nuclear Energy CFD Application Management System (NE-CAMS) for nuclear system design and safety analysis. Working with Bettis Laboratory and Utah State University, a plan of action is being developed by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) that will address the highest and most immediate needs to track and manage computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models and experimental data in an electronic database. The database will intrinsically incorporate the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved policies and procedures for quality. The quality requirements will be such that the model and data must conform to the quality specifications outlined by the NRC before they can be entered into the database. The primary focus of this database is CFD V and V for nuclear industry needs and will, in practice, serve as the best practice guideline that will accommodate NRC regulations. Such a database, along with a prescriptive methodology for how to utilize it, will provide the NRC with accepted CFD results that could potentially be used for licensing. Input from major organizations in government and industry have shown the need to develop a coordinated strategy at a national level to effectively accelerate the use of CFD for nuclear systems design and safety analysis. The growth of CFD for nuclear applications is evident from publications, both in journals and conferences, where CFD

  20. New Evaluation Technique for WTG Design Wind Speed Using a CFD-Model-Based Unsteady Flow Simulation with Wind Direction Changes

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Because a significant portion of the topography in Japan is characterized by steep, complex terrain, which results in a complex spatial distribution of wind speed, great care is necessary for selecting a site for the construction of wind turbine generators (WTG. We have developed a CFD model for unsteady flow called RIAM-COMPACT (Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, computational prediction of airflow over complex terrain. The RIAM-COMPACT CFD model is based on large eddy simulation (LES. The computational domain of RIAM-COMPACT can extend from several meters to several kilometers, and RIAM-COMPACT can predict airflow and gas diffusion over complex terrain with high accuracy. The present paper proposes a technique for evaluating the deployment location of a WTG. The proposed technique employs the RIAM-COMPACT CFD model and simulates a continuous wind direction change over 360 degrees.

  1. Simulating Flow and Dispersion by Using WRF-CFD Coupled Model in a Built-Up Area of Shenyang, China

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Results are presented from a series of numerical studies designed to investigate the atmospheric boundary layer structure, ambient wind, and pollutant source location and their impacts on the wind field and pollutant distribution within the built-up areas of Shenyang, China. Two models, namely, Open Source Field Operation and Manipulation (OpenFOAM software package and Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF model, are used in the present study. Then the high resolution computational fluid dynamics (CFD numerical experiments were performed under the typical simulated atmospheric boundary conditions. It was found that the atmospheric boundary structure played a crucial role in the pollution within the building cluster, which determined the potential turbulent diffusion ability of the atmospheric surface layer; the change of the ambient wind direction can significantly affect the dispersion pattern of pollutants, which was a more sensitive factor than the ambient wind speed; under a given atmospheric state, the location of the pollution sources would dramatically determine the pollution patterns within built-up areas. The WRF-CFD numerical evaluation is a reliable method to understand the complicated flow and dispersion within built-up areas.

  2. TOPFLOW-experiments, development and validation of CFD models for steam-water flows with phase transfer. Final report

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    The aim of the project was the qualification of CFD codes for steam-water flows with phase transfer. While CFD methods for single-phase flows are already widely used for industrial applications, a corresponding use for two-phase flows is only at the beginning due to the complex structure of the interface and the related interactions between the phases. For the further development and validation of appropriate closure models, experimental data with high spatial and temporal resolution are required. Such data were obtained at the TOPFLOW test facility of HZDR by combination of experiments at realistic parameters for the nuclear reactor safety (large scales, high pressures and temperatures) with innovative measuring techniques. The wire-mesh sensor technology, which provides detailed information on the structure of the interface, was applied in adiabatic air-water experiments as well as in condensation and pressure relief experiments in a large DN200 pipe. As the result of the project, extensive databases with high quality are available. The technology for the fast X-ray tomography, which allows measurements without influencing the flow, was further developed and successfully applied in a first test series. High-resolution data were also obtained from experiments in a model of the hot leg of a pressurized water reactor for different flow situations, including counter-current flow limitation. For the corresponding steam-water experiments conducted at pressures of up to 5 MPa, the newly developed pressure tank technology was successfully used for the first time. For the qualification of CFD codes for two-phase flows the Inhomogeneous MUSIG model was extended in co.operation with ANSYS to consider phase transfer and validated on the basis of the above mentioned TOPFLOW experiments. In addition, improvements were achieved e.g. for turbulence modelling in bubbly flows and simulations were done to validate models for bubble forces and bubble coalescence and breakup. A

  3. 3D CFD computations of transitional flows using DES and a correlation based transition model

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    process can be important for the aerodynamic performance. Today, the most widespread approach is to use fully turbulent computations, where the transitional process is ignored and the entire boundary layer on the wings or airfoils is handled by the turbulence model. The correlation based transition model...... has lately shown promising results, and the present paper describes the application of the model to predict the drag and shedding frequency for flow around a cylinder from sub to super-critical Reynolds numbers. Additionally, the model is applied to the flow around the DU-96 airfoil, at high angles of...

  4. Modeling of Coolant Flow in the Fuel Assembly of the Reactor of a Floating Nuclear Power Plant Using the Logos CFD Program

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    Dmitriev, S. M.; Dobrov, A. A.; Legchanov, M. A.; Khrobostov, A. E.

    2015-09-01

    Results of computer modeling of coolant flow in the fuel assembly of the reactor of a floating nuclear power plant using the LOGOS CFD programs have been given. The possibility of using the obtained results to improve models built into the engineering programs of thermohydraulic calculation of nuclear-reactor cores has been considered.

  5. Stabilizing a CFD model of an unstable system through model reduction

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    Svein Hovland

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available We demonstate stabilization of a computational fluid dynamics model of an unstable system. The unstable heating of a two-dimensional plate is used as a case study. Active control is introduced by cooling parts of the boundaries of the plate. The high order of the original model is reduced by proper orthogonal decomposition, giving an unstable reduced order model with a state space structure convenient for controller design. A stabilizing controller based on pole placement is designed for the reduced order model and integral action is included to enhance performance. The controller is then applied to the full model, where it is shown through simulations to stabilize the system. The demonstrated procedure makes it possible to analyze stability properties and design control systems for a class of systems that would otherwise be very computationally demanding.

  6. Modelling of Underground Coal Gasification Process Using CFD Methods / Modelowanie Procesu Podziemnego Zgazowania Węgla Kamiennego Z Zastosowaniem Metod CFD

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    Wachowicz, Jan; Łączny, Jacek Marian; Iwaszenko, Sebastian; Janoszek, Tomasz; Cempa-Balewicz, Magdalena

    2015-09-01

    The results of model studies involving numerical simulation of underground coal gasification process are presented. For the purpose of the study, the software of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was selected for simulation of underground coal gasification. Based on the review of the literature, it was decided that ANSYS-Fluent will be used as software for the performance of model studies. The ANSYS- -Fluent software was used for numerical calculations in order to identify the distribution of changes in the concentration of syngas components as a function of duration of coal gasification process. The nature of the calculations was predictive. A geometric model has been developed based on construction data of the georeactor used during the researches in Experimental Mine "Barbara" and Coal Mine "Wieczorek" and it was prepared by generating a numerical grid. Data concerning the georeactor power supply method and the parameters maintained during the process used to define the numerical model. Some part of data was supplemented based on the literature sources. The main assumption was to base the simulation of the georeactor operation on a mathematical models describing reactive fluid flow. Components of the process gas and the gasification agent move along the gasification channel and simulate physicochemical phenomena associated with the transfer of mass and energy as well as chemical reactions (together with the energy effect). Chemical reactions of the gasification process are based on a kinetic equation which determines the course of a particular type of equation of chemical coal gasification. The interaction of gas with the surrounding coal layer has also been described as a part of the model. The description concerned the transport of thermal energy. The coal seam and the mass rock are treated as a homogeneous body. Modelling studies assumed the coal gasification process is carried out with the participation of separately oxygen and air as a gasification agent

  7. An advanced CFD model to study the effect of non-condensable gas on cavitation in positive displacement pumps

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    Iannetti, Aldo; Stickland, Matthew T.; Dempster, William M.

    2015-09-01

    An advanced transient CFD model of a positive displacement reciprocating pump was created to study its behavior and performance in cavitating condition during the inlet stroke. The "full" cavitation model developed by Singhal et al. was utilized, and a sensitivity analysis test on two air mass fraction amounts (1.5 and 15 parts per million) was carried out to study the influence of the dissolved air content in water on the cavitation phenomenon. The model was equipped with user defined functions to introduce the liquid compressibility, which stabilizes the simulation, and to handle the two-way coupling between the pressure field and the inlet valve lift history. Estimation of the performance is also presented in both cases.

  8. An advanced CFD model to study the effect of non-condensable gas on cavitation in positive displacement pumps

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    Iannetti Aldo

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available An advanced transient CFD model of a positive displacement reciprocating pump was created to study its behavior and performance in cavitating condition during the inlet stroke. The “full” cavitation model developed by Singhal et al. was utilized, and a sensitivity analysis test on two air mass fraction amounts (1.5 and 15 parts per million was carried out to study the influence of the dissolved air content in water on the cavitation phenomenon. The model was equipped with user defined functions to introduce the liquid compressibility, which stabilizes the simulation, and to handle the two-way coupling between the pressure field and the inlet valve lift history. Estimation of the performance is also presented in both cases.

  9. An automatic generation of non-uniform mesh for CFD analyses of image-based multiscale human airway models

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    Miyawaki, Shinjiro; Tawhai, Merryn H.; Hoffman, Eric A.; Lin, Ching-Long

    2014-11-01

    The authors have developed a method to automatically generate non-uniform CFD mesh for image-based human airway models. The sizes of generated tetrahedral elements vary in both radial and longitudinal directions to account for boundary layer and multiscale nature of pulmonary airflow. The proposed method takes advantage of our previously developed centerline-based geometry reconstruction method. In order to generate the mesh branch by branch in parallel, we used the open-source programs Gmsh and TetGen for surface and volume meshes, respectively. Both programs can specify element sizes by means of background mesh. The size of an arbitrary element in the domain is a function of wall distance, element size on the wall, and element size at the center of airway lumen. The element sizes on the wall are computed based on local flow rate and airway diameter. The total number of elements in the non-uniform mesh (10 M) was about half of that in the uniform mesh, although the computational time for the non-uniform mesh was about twice longer (170 min). The proposed method generates CFD meshes with fine elements near the wall and smooth variation of element size in longitudinal direction, which are required, e.g., for simulations with high flow rate. NIH Grants R01-HL094315, U01-HL114494, and S10-RR022421. Computer time provided by XSEDE.

  10. Numerical simulation and validation of helicopter blade-vortex interaction using coupled CFD/CSD and three levels of aerodynamic modeling

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    Amiraux, Mathieu

    Rotorcraft Blade-Vortex Interaction (BVI) remains one of the most challenging flow phenomenon to simulate numerically. Over the past decade, the HART-II rotor test and its extensive experimental dataset has been a major database for validation of CFD codes. Its strong BVI signature, with high levels of intrusive noise and vibrations, makes it a difficult test for computational methods. The main challenge is to accurately capture and preserve the vortices which interact with the rotor, while predicting correct blade deformations and loading. This doctoral dissertation presents the application of a coupled CFD/CSD methodology to the problem of helicopter BVI and compares three levels of fidelity for aerodynamic modeling: a hybrid lifting-line/free-wake (wake coupling) method, with modified compressible unsteady model; a hybrid URANS/free-wake method; and a URANS-based wake capturing method, using multiple overset meshes to capture the entire flow field. To further increase numerical correlation, three helicopter fuselage models are implemented in the framework. The first is a high resolution 3D GPU panel code; the second is an immersed boundary based method, with 3D elliptic grid adaption; the last one uses a body-fitted, curvilinear fuselage mesh. The main contribution of this work is the implementation and systematic comparison of multiple numerical methods to perform BVI modeling. The trade-offs between solution accuracy and computational cost are highlighted for the different approaches. Various improvements have been made to each code to enhance physical fidelity, while advanced technologies, such as GPU computing, have been employed to increase efficiency. The resulting numerical setup covers all aspects of the simulation creating a truly multi-fidelity and multi-physics framework. Overall, the wake capturing approach showed the best BVI phasing correlation and good blade deflection predictions, with slightly under-predicted aerodynamic loading magnitudes

  11. 3D CFD Electrochemical and Heat Transfer Model of an Integrated-Planar Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells

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    Grant Hawkes; James E. O' Brien

    2008-10-01

    A three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) electrochemical model has been created to model high-temperature electrolysis cell performance and steam electrolysis in a new novel integrated planar porous-tube supported solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC). The model is of several integrated planar cells attached to a ceramic support tube. This design is being evaluated with modeling at the Idaho National Laboratory. Mass, momentum, energy, and species conservation and transport are provided via the core features of the commercial CFD code FLUENT. A solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) model adds the electrochemical reactions and loss mechanisms and computation of the electric field throughout the cell. The FLUENT SOFC user-defined subroutine was modified for this work to allow for operation in the SOEC mode. Model results provide detailed profiles of temperature, Nernst potential, operating potential, activation over-potential, anode-side gas composition, cathode-side gas composition, current density and hydrogen production over a range of stack operating conditions. Mean per-cell area-specific-resistance (ASR) values decrease with increasing current density. Predicted mean outlet hydrogen and steam concentrations vary linearly with current density, as expected. Effects of variations in operating temperature, gas flow rate, cathode and anode exchange current density, and contact resistance from the base case are presented. Contour plots of local electrolyte temperature, current density, and Nernst potential indicated the effects of heat transfer, reaction cooling/heating, and change in local gas composition. Results are discussed for using this design in the electrolysis mode. Discussion of thermal neutral voltage, enthalpy of reaction, hydrogen production, cell thermal efficiency, cell electrical efficiency, and Gibbs free energy are discussed and reported herein.

  12. Numerical Modeling and Analysis of Small Gas Turbine Engine : Part I: Analytical Model and Compressor CFD

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    2009-01-01

    The thesis work aims at devising analytical thermodynamic model and numerical modeling of the compressor of a small gas turbine to be operated on producer gas with lower heating contents. The turbine will serve as a component of “EXPLORE-Biomass Based Polygeneration” project to meet the internal electrical power requirements of 2-5 KW. The gas turbine engine is of radial type (one stage radial compressor, one stage radial turbine). Small gas turbines give less electrical efficiencies especial...

  13. Application of an empirical model in CFD simulations to predict the local high temperature corrosion potential in biomass fired boilers

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    To gain reliable data for the development of an empirical model for the prediction of the local high temperature corrosion potential in biomass fired boilers, online corrosion probe measurements have been carried out. The measurements have been performed in a specially designed fixed bed/drop tube reactor in order to simulate a superheater boiler tube under well-controlled conditions. The investigated boiler steel 13CrMo4-5 is commonly used as steel for superheater tube bundles in biomass fired boilers. Within the test runs the flue gas temperature at the corrosion probe has been varied between 625 °C and 880 °C, while the steel temperature has been varied between 450 °C and 550 °C to simulate typical current and future live steam temperatures of biomass fired steam boilers. To investigate the dependence on the flue gas velocity, variations from 2 m·s−1 to 8 m·s−1 have been considered. The empirical model developed fits the measured data sufficiently well. Therefore, the model has been applied within a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation of flue gas flow and heat transfer to estimate the local corrosion potential of a wood chips fired 38 MW steam boiler. Additionally to the actual state analysis two further simulations have been carried out to investigate the influence of enhanced steam temperatures and a change of the flow direction of the final superheater tube bundle from parallel to counter-flow on the local corrosion potential. - Highlights: • Online corrosion probe measurements in a fixed bed/drop tube reactor. • Development of an empirical corrosion model. • Application of the model in a CFD simulation of flow and heat transfer. • Variation of boundary conditions and their effects on the corrosion potential

  14. CFD Script for Rapid TPS Damage Assessment

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    McCloud, Peter

    2013-01-01

    This grid generation script creates unstructured CFD grids for rapid thermal protection system (TPS) damage aeroheating assessments. The existing manual solution is cumbersome, open to errors, and slow. The invention takes a large-scale geometry grid and its large-scale CFD solution, and creates a unstructured patch grid that models the TPS damage. The flow field boundary condition for the patch grid is then interpolated from the large-scale CFD solution. It speeds up the generation of CFD grids and solutions in the modeling of TPS damages and their aeroheating assessment. This process was successfully utilized during STS-134.

  15. CFD Modeling of Helium Pressurant Effects on Cryogenic Tank Pressure Rise Rates in Normal Gravity

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    Grayson, Gary; Lopez, Alfredo; Chandler, Frank; Hastings, Leon; Hedayat, Ali; Brethour, James

    2007-01-01

    A recently developed computational fluid dynamics modeling capability for cryogenic tanks is used to simulate both self-pressurization from external heating and also depressurization from thermodynamic vent operation. Axisymmetric models using a modified version of the commercially available FLOW-3D software are used to simulate actual physical tests. The models assume an incompressible liquid phase with density that is a function of temperature only. A fully compressible formulation is used for the ullage gas mixture that contains both condensable vapor and a noncondensable gas component. The tests, conducted at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, include both liquid hydrogen and nitrogen in tanks with ullage gas mixtures of each liquid's vapor and helium. Pressure and temperature predictions from the model are compared to sensor measurements from the tests and a good agreement is achieved. This further establishes the accuracy of the developed FLOW-3D based modeling approach for cryogenic systems.

  16. CFD-based Evaluation of Interfacial Flows

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    Ito, Kei; Ohshima, Hiroyuki; Sakai, Takaaki; Kunugi, Tomoaki

    2010-01-01

    As an example of the evaluation of interfacial flows, two methodologies were proposed for the evaluation of the GE phenomena. One is the CFD-based prediction methodology and the other is the high-precision numerical simulation of interfacial flows. In the development of the CFD-based prediction methodology, the vortical flow model was firstly constructed based on the Burgers theory. Then, the accuracy of the CFD results, which are obtained on relatively coarse computational mesh without consi...

  17. Cross cutting CFD support to innovative reactor design

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    Several innovative technologies are under consideration in the world for nuclear energy production. The considered reactor systems apply either gas, sodium, lead, lead-bismuth, supercritical water, or molten salt as coolant. Therefore, methods shall be developed to determine the viability of such systems, but also to support the design of these innovative reactor systems. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is becoming more and more integrated in the daily practice of thermal-hydraulics researchers and designers. Therefore, it is very important to develop modelling approaches for the application of CFD to the specific requirements for innovative reactors. As many of these innovative reactor designs under consideration are operated using other coolants than water, one has to be careful in adopting methods which are developed for water as a coolant. Cross-cutting CFD challenges, methods and applications are presented for innovative reactors. (author)

  18. V&V Of CFD Modeling Of The Argonne Bubble Experiment: FY15 Summary Report

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    Hoyt, Nathaniel C. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Wardle, Kent E. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Bailey, James L. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Basavarajappa, Manjunath [Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (United States)

    2015-09-30

    In support of the development of accelerator-driven production of the fission product Mo 99, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of an electron-beam irradiated, experimental-scale bubble chamber have been conducted in order to aid in interpretation of existing experimental results, provide additional insights into the physical phenomena, and develop predictive thermal hydraulic capabilities that can be applied to full-scale target solution vessels. Toward that end, a custom hybrid Eulerian-Eulerian-Lagrangian multiphase solver was developed, and simulations have been performed on high-resolution meshes. Good agreement between experiments and simulations has been achieved, especially with respect to the prediction of the maximum temperature of the uranyl sulfate solution in the experimental vessel. These positive results suggest that the simulation methodology that has been developed will prove to be suitable to assist in the development of full-scale production hardware.

  19. Parallel CFD simulation of flow in a 3D model of vibrating human vocal folds

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    Šidlof, Petr; Horáček, Jaromír; Řidký, V.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 80, č. 1 (2013), s. 290-300. ISSN 0045-7930 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP101/11/0207 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : numerical simulation * vocal folds * glottal airflow * inite volume method * parallel CFD Subject RIV: BI - Acoustics Impact factor: 1.532, year: 2013 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleListURL&_method=list&_ArticleListID=-268060849&_sort=r&_st=13&view=c&_acct=C000034318&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=640952&md5=7c5b5539857ee9a02af5e690585b3126&searchtype=a

  20. V&V Of CFD Modeling Of The Argonne Bubble Experiment: FY15 Summary Report

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    In support of the development of accelerator-driven production of the fission product Mo 99, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of an electron-beam irradiated, experimental-scale bubble chamber have been conducted in order to aid in interpretation of existing experimental results, provide additional insights into the physical phenomena, and develop predictive thermal hydraulic capabilities that can be applied to full-scale target solution vessels. Toward that end, a custom hybrid Eulerian-Eulerian-Lagrangian multiphase solver was developed, and simulations have been performed on high-resolution meshes. Good agreement between experiments and simulations has been achieved, especially with respect to the prediction of the maximum temperature of the uranyl sulfate solution in the experimental vessel. These positive results suggest that the simulation methodology that has been developed will prove to be suitable to assist in the development of full-scale production hardware.

  1. Tracer dispersion - experiment and CFD

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    Description of tracer distribution by means of dispersion models is a method successfully used in process engineering for fifty years. Application of dispersion models in reactor engineering for characterization of flows in column apparatus, heat exchangers, etc. is summarized and experimental tracer techniques as well as CFD methods for dispersion coefficients evaluation are discussed. Possible extensions of thermal axial dispersion model (ADM) and a core-wall ADM model suitable for description of tracer dispersion in laminar flows are suggested as well as CFD implementation as 1D finite elements. (author)

  2. Overview 2004 of NASA Stirling-Convertor CFD-Model Development and Regenerator R&D Efforts

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    Tew, Roy C.; Dyson, Rodger W.; Wilson, Scott D.; Demko, Rikako

    2005-01-01

    This paper reports on accomplishments in 2004 in development of Stirling-convertor CFD model at NASA GRC and via a NASA grant, a Stirling regenerator-research effort being conducted via a NASA grant (a follow-on effort to an earlier DOE contract), and a regenerator-microfabrication contract for development of a "next-generation Stirling regenerator." Cleveland State University is the lead organization for all three grant/contractual efforts, with the University of Minnesota and Gedeor Associates as subcontractors. Also, the Stirling Technology Co. and Sunpower, Inc. are both involved in all three efforts, either as funded or unfunded participants. International Mezzo Technologies of Baton Rouge, LA is the regenerator fabricator for the regenerator-microfabrication contract. Results of the efforts in these three areas are summarized.

  3. Scale-up in laminar and transient regimes of a multi-stage stirrer, a CFD approach

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    Letellier, Bertrand; Xuereb, Catherine; Swaels, Philippe; Hobbes, Phillippe; Bertrand, Joël

    2002-01-01

    A multi-stage industrial agitator system adapted to the mixing of a mixture whose viscosity varies during the process has been characterized by using CFD. In the entire study the mixture is supposed to have a Newtonian behavior even though it is rarely the case. It is shown that the well-adapted propeller is able to e7ciently blend high viscous media provided the Reynolds number is not too low. A scale-up study of the agitated system has also been carried out by respecting the classi...

  4. Improving design factors of air diffuser systems based on field conditions of dam reservoirs: CFD simulation approach.

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    Shin, Sangmin; Lee, Seungjae; Lee, Sangeun; Yum, Kyungtaek; Park, Heekyung

    2012-01-01

    This study aims to improve the design factors of air diffuser systems that have been analyzed in laboratory experiments, with consideration of the field conditions of dam reservoirs. In this study, the destratification number (D(N)), destratification radius, and efficiency are considered as design factors. The computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation experiment is performed in diverse field conditions in order to analyze these factors. The results illustrate the wider range of D(N) values in field conditions and the relationship of the destratification radius and efficiency to D(N). The results can lead to better performance of air diffuser systems and water quality management in dam reservoir sites. PMID:22678200

  5. Suppression pool swell analysis using CFD code

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    A two-dimensional axi-symmetric model of suppression pool of Containment Studies Facility (CSF) along with single vent pipe was modeled to estimate the jet and hydrodynamic loads due to flow of steam air mixture during simulated loss of coolant accident (LOCA). The analysis was carried out using CFD ACE+ software with Volume of Fluid (VOF) approach. The flow velocity variation through vent pipe was estimated using in-house containment thermal hydraulic code CONTRAN, was given as input at inlet boundary condition. The transient calculations were performed for 20 seconds and suppression pool level variation, pressure loads over the floor, walls and vent pipes etc were evaluated. (author)

  6. CFD-DP Modeling of Multiphase Flow in Dense Medium Cyclone

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    Okan Topcu

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available A numerical study of the gas-liquid-solid multi-phase flow in a hydrocyclone is summarized in this paper. The turbulent flow of the gas and the liquid is modelled using the realizable k-epsilon turbulence model, the interface between the liquid and the air core is modelled using the Eulerian multi-phase model and the simulation of the particle flow described by the dense discrete phase model in which the data of the multi-phase flow are used. Separation efficiency, particle trajectories, split ratios, flow field and pressure drop are the examined flow features. The results show that the flow fields in the hydrocyclones are possible to simulate by realizable k-epsilon model which is a fast solver for turbulent flows. The cut size is achieved between 3 and 15 µm. The air-core development is observed to be a transport effect due to the velocity of surrounding fluid rather than a pressure effect. The approach offers a useful method to observe the flow of a hydrocyclone in relation to design of the system and operational conditions.

  7. Numerical predictions of flow boiling characteristics: Current status, model setup and CFD modeling for different non-uniform heating profiles

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    A detailed analysis of two-phase flow boiling characteristics inside high pressure systems is presented focusing on non-uniform axial heating profiles. For this purpose, a detailed numerical model has been developed after presenting the current status of the use of CFD techniques in flow boiling predictions. User defined functions written in C++ were compiled and hooked to the software in order to account for mass interaction between phases using the Eulerian multiphase flow model. The modeled domain is a 2 m long stainless steel pipe with inside and outside diameters of 15.4 mm, 25.4 mm, respectively. The base imposed uniform heat flux was 345.6 kW/m2, for mass flow rate of water of 0.161 kg/s and at a temperature of 200 °C. The model was validated against range of experimental data and the results are very promising for the use of CFD in flow boiling characterization. Effects of increasing uniform heat flux were considered for different increments of 30, 50 and 75% as reference to the basic applied heat flux. The influences of heat flux profile in the axial direction were investigated while maintaining the same total power. Different heat flux profiles of linearly increasing, linearly decreasing, sine, and cosine shapes were considered. - Highlights: • Current status of CHF predictions using CFD modeling technique. • State of the art, flow boiling 2D-model for the applications of high pressure systems. • Validation of the model using the available experimental data in the literature. • Investigation of flow boiling in real systems for non-uniform heating profile. • Analysis of keeping the system away from the CHF conditions for non-uniform heating

  8. HEDR modeling approach

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    This report details the conceptual approaches to be used in calculating radiation doses to individuals throughout the various periods of operations at the Hanford Site. The report considers the major environmental transport pathways--atmospheric, surface water, and ground water--and projects and appropriate modeling technique for each. The modeling sequence chosen for each pathway depends on the available data on doses, the degree of confidence justified by such existing data, and the level of sophistication deemed appropriate for the particular pathway and time period being considered

  9. CFD for wastewater treatment: an overview.

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    Samstag, R W; Ducoste, J J; Griborio, A; Nopens, I; Batstone, D J; Wicks, J D; Saunders, S; Wicklein, E A; Kenny, G; Laurent, J

    2016-01-01

    Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a rapidly emerging field in wastewater treatment (WWT), with application to almost all unit processes. This paper provides an overview of CFD applied to a wide range of unit processes in water and WWT from hydraulic elements like flow splitting to physical, chemical and biological processes like suspended growth nutrient removal and anaerobic digestion. The paper's focus is on articulating the state of practice and research and development needs. The level of CFD's capability varies between different process units, with a high frequency of application in the areas of final sedimentation, activated sludge basin modelling and disinfection, and greater needs in primary sedimentation and anaerobic digestion. While approaches are comprehensive, generally capable of incorporating non-Newtonian fluids, multiphase systems and biokinetics, they are not broad, and further work should be done to address the diversity of process designs. Many units have not been addressed to date. Further needs are identified throughout, but common requirements include improved particle aggregation and breakup (flocculation), and improved coupling of biology and hydraulics. PMID:27508360

  10. Active flap control on an aeroelastic wind turbine airfoil in gust conditions using both a CFD and an engineering model

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    In the past year, smart rotor technology has been studied significantly as solution to the ever growing turbines. Aeroservoelastic tools are used to asses and predict the behavior of rotors using trailing edge devices like flaps. In this paper an unsteady aerodynamic model (Beddoes-Leishman type) and an CFD model (URANS) are used to analyze the aeroservoelastic response of a 2D three degree of freedom rigid body wind turbine airfoil with a deforming trailing edge flap encountering deterministic gusts. Both uncontrolled and controlled simulations are used to asses the differences between the two models for 2D aerservoelastic simulations. Results show an increase in the difference between models for the y component if the deforming trailing edge flap is used as control device. Observed flap deflections are significantly larger in the URANS model in certain cases, while the same controller is used. The pitch angle and moment shows large differences in the uncontrolled case, which become smaller, but remain significant when the controller is applied. Both models show similar reductions in vertical displacement, with a penalty of a significant increase in pitch angle deflections

  11. 2D and 3D CFD modelling of a reactive turbulent flow in a double shell supercritical water oxidation reactor

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    In order to design and define appropriate dimensions for a supercritical oxidation reactor, a comparative 2D and 3D simulation of the fluid dynamics and heat transfer during an oxidation process has been performed. The solver used is a commercial code, Fluent 6.2 (R). The turbulent flow field in the reactor, created by the stirrer, is taken into account with a k-omega model and a swirl imposed to the fluid. In the 3D case the rotation of the stirrer can be modelled using the sliding mesh model and the moving reference frame model. This work allows comparing 2D and 3D velocity and heat transfer calculations. The predicted values (mainly species concentrations and temperature profiles) are of the same order in both cases. The reactivity of the system is taken into account with a classical Eddy Dissipation Concept combustion model. Comparisons with experimental temperature measurements validate the ability of the CFD modelling to simulate the supercritical water oxidation reactive medium. Results indicate that the flow can be considered as plug flow-like and that heat transfer is strongly enhanced by the stirring. (authors)

  12. CFD Modeling of the Multipurpose Hydrogen Test Bed (MHTB) Self-Pressurization and Spray Bar Mixing Experiments in Normal Gravity: Effect of Accommodation Coefficient on the Tank Pressure

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    Kartuzova, Olga; Kassemi, Mohammad

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, a computational model that describes pressure control phase of a typical MHTB experiment will be presented. The fidelity of the model will be assessed by comparing the models predictions with MHTB experimental data. In this paper CFD results for MHTB spray bar cooling case with 50 tank fill ratio will be presented and analyzed. Effect of accommodation coefficient for calculating droplet-ullage mass transfer will be evaluated.

  13. Study of selected turbulent models for supercritical water heat transfer in vertical bare tubes using CFD code FLUENT-12

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    Many of the available empirical correlations existing today cannot predict closely the effects of the heat transfer phenomena within the pseudocritical region, and some do not predict well enough heat transfer coefficients even outside of this region. In this study, the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code FLUENT-12 is used with associated software such as Gambit and NIST REFPROP to predict the Heat Transfer Coefficient and corresponding wall temperature profiles inside circular tubes cooled with SuperCritical Water (SCW), and to compare them with experimental data and various empirical correlations. In this paper, a numerical study of heat transfer to SCW flowing upwards in vertical bare tubes using the CFD-code FLUENT-12 is presented for comparison to 1-D models. A large dataset was collected within conditions similar to those of proposed SuperCritical Water-cooled Reactors (SCWRs) at the Institute for Physics and Power Engineering in Obninsk, Russia. This dataset includes 80 runs in a 4-m long, 10-mm ID vertical bare tube within a wide range of operating parameters including pressure at about 24 MPa, inlet temperatures from 320 to 350°C, mass flux ranges from 200 to 1500 kg/m2s and heat fluxes up to 1250 kW/m2. Wall and bulk-fluid temperatures measured along the 4-m heated length test section were below, at, or above the pseudocritical point. Further analysis of the individual heat-transfer regimes was conducted using an axisymmetric 2-D model of a tube with 10,000 nodes along the heated length. Wall temperatures and heat transfer coefficients were analysed for 1-m sections at a time to select the best model for each region (below, within and beyond the pseudocritical region), and to neutralize effects of the rest of the tube on that region. Two turbulent models were used in the process: k-ε and k-ω, with many variations in the sub-model parameters such as viscous heating, thermal effects, and low-Reynolds number correction. The results show a good fit

  14. Formulation, Implementation and Validation of a Two-Fluid model in a Fuel Cell CFD Code

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    Kunal Jain, Vernon Cole, Sanjiv Kumar and N. Vaidya

    2008-11-01

    more complications. A general approach would be to form a mixture continuity equation by linearly combining the phasic continuity equations using appropriate weighting factors. Analogous to mixture equation for pressure correction, a difference equation is used for the volume/phase fraction by taking the difference between the phasic continuity equations. The relative advantages of the above mentioned algorithmic variants for computing pressure correction and volume fractions are discussed and quantitatively assessed. Preliminary model validation is done for each component of the fuel cell. The two-phase transport in the channel is validated using empirical correlations. Transport in the GDL is validated against results obtained from LBM and VOF simulation techniques. The Channel-GDL interface transport will be validated against experiment and empirical correlation of droplet detachment at the interface. References [1] Y. Wang S. Basu and C.Y. Wang. Modeling two-phase flow in pem fuel cell channels. J. Power Sources, 179:603{617, 2008. [2] P. K. Sinha and C. Y. Wang. Liquid water transport in a mixed-wet gas diffusion layer of a polymer electrolyte fuel cell. Chem. Eng. Sci., 63:1081-1091, 2008. [3] Guangyu Lin and Trung Van Nguyen. A two-dimensional two-phase model of a pem fuel cell. J. Electrochem. Soc., 153(2):A372{A382, 2006. [4] T. Berning and N. Djilali. A 3d, multiphase, multicomponent model of the cathode and anode of a pem fuel cell. J. Electrochem. Soc., 150(12):A1589{A1598, 2003.

  15. Aeroelastic Stability of Suspension Bridges using CFD

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    Stærdahl, Jesper Winther; Sørensen, Niels; Nielsen, Søren R.K.

    2007-01-01

    measured values may lead to erroneous results and CFD simulations may be used for extrapolation into the critical region. The flow analysis serves as preliminary studies for evaluating flutter stability using CFD methods in three dimensions, where the span-wise correlation of vortex separation, skew inflow...... using CFD models and the aeroelastic stability boundary has been successfully determined when comparing two-dimensional flow situations using wind tunnel test data and CFD methods for the flow solution and two-degrees-of-freedom structural models in translation perpendicular to the flow direction and...... the structural deformation. Furthermore, flutter derivatives are evaluated by CFD models using forced motion of a bridge section in a two-dimensional virtual wind tunnel. The parameter region of critical values is shown to be outside measured values. It is shown that a rough extrapolation of the...

  16. Integrating CFD and building simulation

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    Bartak, M.; Beausoleil-Morrison, I.; Clarke, J.A.;

    2002-01-01

    To provide practitioners with the means to tackle problems related to poor indoor environments, building simulation and computational 3uid dynamics can usefully be integrated within a single computational framework. This paper describes the outcomes from a research project sponsored by the European...... Commission, which furthered the CFD modelling aspects of the ESP-r system. The paper summarises the form of the CFD model, describes the method used to integrate the thermal and 3ow domains and reports the outcome from an empirical validation exercise. © 2002 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd....

  17. CFD [computational fluid dynamics] And Safety Factors. Computer modeling of complex processes needs old-fashioned experiments to stay in touch with reality.

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    Leishear, Robert A.; Lee, Si Y.; Poirier, Michael R.; Steeper, Timothy J.; Ervin, Robert C.; Giddings, Billy J.; Stefanko, David B.; Harp, Keith D.; Fowley, Mark D.; Van Pelt, William B.

    2012-10-07

    Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is recognized as a powerful engineering tool. That is, CFD has advanced over the years to the point where it can now give us deep insight into the analysis of very complex processes. There is a danger, though, that an engineer can place too much confidence in a simulation. If a user is not careful, it is easy to believe that if you plug in the numbers, the answer comes out, and you are done. This assumption can lead to significant errors. As we discovered in the course of a study on behalf of the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site in South Carolina, CFD models fail to capture some of the large variations inherent in complex processes. These variations, or scatter, in experimental data emerge from physical tests and are inadequately captured or expressed by calculated mean values for a process. This anomaly between experiment and theory can lead to serious errors in engineering analysis and design unless a correction factor, or safety factor, is experimentally validated. For this study, blending times for the mixing of salt solutions in large storage tanks were the process of concern under investigation. This study focused on the blending processes needed to mix salt solutions to ensure homogeneity within waste tanks, where homogeneity is required to control radioactivity levels during subsequent processing. Two of the requirements for this task were to determine the minimum number of submerged, centrifugal pumps required to blend the salt mixtures in a full-scale tank in half a day or less, and to recommend reasonable blending times to achieve nearly homogeneous salt mixtures. A full-scale, low-flow pump with a total discharge flow rate of 500 to 800 gpm was recommended with two opposing 2.27-inch diameter nozzles. To make this recommendation, both experimental and CFD modeling were performed. Lab researchers found that, although CFD provided good estimates of an average blending time, experimental blending times varied

  18. CFD [computational fluid dynamics] And Safety Factors. Computer modeling of complex processes needs old-fashioned experiments to stay in touch with reality

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    Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is recognized as a powerful engineering tool. That is, CFD has advanced over the years to the point where it can now give us deep insight into the analysis of very complex processes. There is a danger, though, that an engineer can place too much confidence in a simulation. If a user is not careful, it is easy to believe that if you plug in the numbers, the answer comes out, and you are done. This assumption can lead to significant errors. As we discovered in the course of a study on behalf of the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site in South Carolina, CFD models fail to capture some of the large variations inherent in complex processes. These variations, or scatter, in experimental data emerge from physical tests and are inadequately captured or expressed by calculated mean values for a process. This anomaly between experiment and theory can lead to serious errors in engineering analysis and design unless a correction factor, or safety factor, is experimentally validated. For this study, blending times for the mixing of salt solutions in large storage tanks were the process of concern under investigation. This study focused on the blending processes needed to mix salt solutions to ensure homogeneity within waste tanks, where homogeneity is required to control radioactivity levels during subsequent processing. Two of the requirements for this task were to determine the minimum number of submerged, centrifugal pumps required to blend the salt mixtures in a full-scale tank in half a day or less, and to recommend reasonable blending times to achieve nearly homogeneous salt mixtures. A full-scale, low-flow pump with a total discharge flow rate of 500 to 800 gpm was recommended with two opposing 2.27-inch diameter nozzles. To make this recommendation, both experimental and CFD modeling were performed. Lab researchers found that, although CFD provided good estimates of an average blending time, experimental blending times varied

  19. Considering value of information when using CFD in design

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    Misra, John Satprim [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2009-01-01

    This thesis presents an approach to find lower resolution CFD models that can accurately lead a designer to a correct decision at a lower computational cost. High-fidelity CFD models often contain too much information and come at a higher computational cost, limiting the designs a designer can test and how much optimization can be performed on the design. Lower model resolution is commonly used to reduce computational time. However there are no clear guidelines on how much model accuracy is required. Instead experience and intuition are used to select an appropriate lower resolution model. This thesis presents an alternative to this ad hoc method by considering the added value of the addition information provided by increasing accurate and more computationally expensive models.

  20. Considering value of information when using CFD in design

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    Misra, John Satprim

    2009-12-19

    This thesis presents an approach to find lower resolution CFD models that can accurately lead a designer to a correct decision at a lower computational cost. High-fidelity CFD models often contain too much information and come at a higher computational cost, limiting the designs a designer can test and how much optimization can be performed on the design. Lower model resolution is commonly used to reduce computational time. However there are no clear guidelines on how much model accuracy is required. Instead experience and intuition are used to select an appropriate lower resolution model. This thesis presents an alternative to this ad hoc method by considering the added value of the addition information provided by increasing accurate and more computationally expensive models.

  1. Viscous flow simulation in a stenosis model using discrete particle dynamics: a comparison between DPD and CFD.

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    Feng, Rui; Xenos, Michalis; Girdhar, Gaurav; Kang, Wei; Davenport, James W; Deng, Yuefan; Bluestein, Danny

    2012-01-01

    Flow and stresses induced by blood flow acting on the blood cellular constituents can be represented to a certain extent by a continuum mechanics approach down to the order of the μm level. However, the molecular effects of, e.g., adhesion/aggregation bonds of blood clotting can be on the order of nm. The coupling of the disparate length and timescales between such molecular levels and macroscopic transport represents a major computational challenge. To address this challenge, a multiscale numerical approach based on discrete particle dynamics (DPD) methodology derived from molecular dynamics (MD) principles is proposed. The feasibility of the approach was firstly tested for its ability to simulate viscous flow conditions. Simulations were conducted in low Reynolds numbers flows (Re = 25-33) through constricted tubes representing blood vessels with various degrees of stenosis. Multiple discrete particles interacting with each other were simulated, with 1.24-1.36 million particles representing the flow domain and 0.4 million particles representing the vessel wall. The computation was carried out on the massive parallel supercomputer NY BlueGene/L employing NAMD-a parallel MD package for high performance computing (HPC). Typical recirculation zones were formed distal to the stenoses. The velocity profiles and recirculation zones were in excellent agreement with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) 3D Navier-Stokes viscous fluid flow simulations and with classic numerical and experimental results by YC Fung in constricted tubes. This feasibility analysis demonstrates the potential of a methodology that widely departs from a continuum approach to simulate multiscale phenomena such as flow induced blood clotting. PMID:21369918

  2. Ice Accretion Modeling using an Eulerian Approach for Droplet Impingement

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    Kim, Joe Woong; Garza, Dennis P.; Sankar, Lakshmi N.; Kreeger, Richard E.

    2012-01-01

    A three-dimensional Eulerian analysis has been developed for modeling droplet impingement on lifting bodes. The Eulerian model solves the conservation equations of mass and momentum to obtain the droplet flow field properties on the same mesh used in CFD simulations. For complex configurations such as a full rotorcraft, the Eulerian approach is more efficient because the Lagrangian approach would require a significant amount of seeding for accurate estimates of collection efficiency. Simulations are done for various benchmark cases such as NACA0012 airfoil, MS317 airfoil and oscillating SC2110 airfoil to illustrate its use. The present results are compared with results from the Lagrangian approach used in an industry standard analysis called LEWICE.

  3. CFD Modeling of Gas-Liquid Bubbly Flow in Horizontal Pipes: Influence of Bubble Coalescence and Breakup

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    K. Ekambara

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Modelling of gas-liquid bubbly flows is achieved by coupling a population balance equation with the three-dimensional, two-fluid, hydrodynamic model. For gas-liquid bubbly flows, an average bubble number density transport equation has been incorporated in the CFD code CFX 5.7 to describe the temporal and spatial evolution of the gas bubbles population. The coalescence and breakage effects of the gas bubbles are modeled. The coalescence by the random collision driven by turbulence and wake entrainment is considered, while for bubble breakage, the impact of turbulent eddies is considered. Local spatial variations of the gas volume fraction, interfacial area concentration, Sauter mean bubble diameter, and liquid velocity are compared against experimental data in a horizontal pipe, covering a range of gas (0.25 to 1.34 m/s and liquid (3.74 to 5.1 m/s superficial velocities and average volume fractions (4% to 21%. The predicted local variations are in good agreement with the experimental measurements reported in the literature. Furthermore, the development of the flow pattern was examined at three different axial locations of L/D = 25, 148, and 253. The first location is close to the entrance region where the flow is still developing, while the second and the third represent nearly fully developed bubbly flow patterns.

  4. CFD SIMULATION OF THE HEAT TRANSFER PROCESS IN A CHEVRON PLATE HEAT EXCHANGER USING THE SST TURBULENCE MODEL

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    Jan Skočilas

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with a computational fluid dynamics (CFD simulation of the heat transfer process during turbulent hot water flow between two chevron plates in a plate heat exchanger. A three-dimensional model with the simplified geometry of two cross-corrugated channels provided by chevron plates, taking into account the inlet and outlet ports, has been designed for the numerical study. The numerical model was based on the shear-stress transport (SST k-! model. The basic characteristics of the heat exchanger, as values of heat transfer coefficient and pressure drop, have been investigated. A comparative analysis of analytical calculation results, based on experimental data obtained from literature, and of the results obtained by numerical simulation, has been carried out. The coefficients and the exponents in the design equations for the considered plates have been arranged by using simulation results. The influence on the main flow parameters of the corrugation inclination angle relative to the flow direction has been taken into account. An analysis of the temperature distribution across the plates has been carried out, and it has shown the presence of zones with higher heat losses and low fluid flow intensity.

  5. Two-Phase CFD Model of the Bubble-Driven Flow in the Molten Electrolyte Layer of a Hall-Héroult Aluminum Cell

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    Feng, Yuqing; Schwarz, M. Philip; Yang, William; Cooksey, Mark

    2015-08-01

    A two-phase computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model has been developed to simulate the time-averaged flow in the molten electrolyte layer of a Hall -Héroult aluminum cell. The flow is driven by the rise of carbon dioxide bubbles formed on the base of the anodes. The CFD model has been validated against detailed measurements of velocity and turbulence taken in a full-scale air-water physical model containing three anodes in four different configurations, with varying inter-anode gap and the option of slots. The model predictions agree with the measurements of velocity and turbulence energy for all configurations within the likely measurement repeatability, and therefore can be used to understand the overall electrolyte circulation patterns and mixing. For example, the model predicts that the bubble holdup under an anode is approximately halved by the presence of a slot aligned transverse to the cell long axis. The flow patterns do not appear to be significantly altered by halving the inter-anode gap width from 40 to 20 mm. The CFD model predicts that the relative widths of center, side, and end channels have a major influence on several critical aspects of the cell flow field.

  6. CFD Analysis of an Aerofoil

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    Karna S. Patel

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In this report we have obtained the drag and lift forces using CFD which can also be determined through experiments using wind tunnel testing. In experimental setup, the design model has to be placed in the test section. This process is quite laborious & (surely cost more than CFD techniques cost for the same. Thus we have gone through analytical method then it can be validated by experimental testing. The analysis of the two dimensional subsonic flow over a NACA 0012 airfoil at various angles of attack and operating at a Reynolds number of 3×E+06 is presented. The CFD simulation results show close agreement with those of the experiments, thus suggesting a reliable alternative to experimental method in determining drag and lift.

  7. Modelling approaches for angiogenesis.

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    Taraboletti, G; Giavazzi, R

    2004-04-01

    The development of a functional vasculature within a tumour is a requisite for its growth and progression. This fact has led to the design of therapies directed toward the tumour vasculature, aiming either to prevent the formation of new vessels (anti-angiogenic) or to damage existing vessels (vascular targeting). The development of agents with different mechanisms of action requires powerful preclinical models for the analysis and optimization of these therapies. This review concerns 'classical' assays of angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo, recent approaches to target identification (analysis of gene and protein expression), and the study of morphological and functional changes in the vasculature in vivo (imaging techniques). It mainly describes assays designed for anti-angiogenic compounds, indicating, where possible, their application to the study of vascular-targeting agents. PMID:15120043

  8. Three-Dimensional CFD Modeling of Transport Phenomena in a Cross-Flow Anode-Supported Planar SOFC

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    Zhonggang Zhang

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD model is developed for an anode-supported planar SOFC from the Chinese Academy of Science Ningbo Institute of Material Technology and Engineering (NIMTE. The simulation results of the developed model are in good agreement with the experimental data obtained under the same conditions. With the simulation results, the distribution of temperature, flow velocity and the gas concentrations through the cell components and gas channels is presented and discussed. Potential and current density distributions in the cell and overall fuel utilization are also presented. It is also found that the temperature gradients exist along the length of the cell, and the maximum value of the temperature for the cross-flow is at the outlet region of the cell. The distribution of the current density is uneven, and the maximum current density is located at the interfaces between the channels, ribs and the electrodes, the maximum current density result in a large over-potential and heat source in the electrodes, which is harmful to the overall performance and working lifespan of the fuel cells. A new type of flow structure should be developed to make the current flow be more evenly distributed and promote most of the TPB areas to take part in the electrochemical reactions.

  9. CFD simulation of direct contact condensation with ANSYS CFX using surface renewal theory based heat transfer coefficients

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    Wanninger, Andreas; Ceuca, Sabin Cristian; Macian-Juan, Rafael [Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany). Dept. of Nuclear Engineering

    2013-07-01

    Different approaches for the calculation of Direct Contact Condensation (DCC) using Heat Transfer Coefficients (HTC) based on the Surface Renewal Theory (SRT) are tested using the CFD simulation tool ANSYS CFX. The present work constitutes a preliminary study of the flow patterns and conditions observed using different HTC models. A complex 3D flow pattern will be observed in the CFD simulations as well as a strong coupling between the condensation rate and the two-phase flow dynamics. (orig.)

  10. CFD simulation of direct contact condensation with ANSYS CFX using surface renewal theory based heat transfer coefficients

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    Different approaches for the calculation of Direct Contact Condensation (DCC) using Heat Transfer Coefficients (HTC) based on the Surface Renewal Theory (SRT) are tested using the CFD simulation tool ANSYS CFX. The present work constitutes a preliminary study of the flow patterns and conditions observed using different HTC models. A complex 3D flow pattern will be observed in the CFD simulations as well as a strong coupling between the condensation rate and the two-phase flow dynamics. (orig.)

  11. Evaluation of a Heating System in Poultry Houses Using a CFD Model / Evaluación de un Sistema de Calefacción en Galpones Avicolas Usando un Modelo en CFD

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    Flávio Alves Damasceno

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract.. The objective of this study was to adapt and validate a computer model using the Computational Fluid Dinamics (CFD, in the prediction of temperature and air speed in a duct distribution system coupled to a heating furnace that is used in typical poultry houses in tropical and subtropical countries. The validation of the model with experimental data was satisfactory, presentingnormalized mean square error NMSE values of 0.25 and 0.02 for air temperature and air speed, respectively. The results evidenced that the proposed model is adequate for predicting the air speed and temperature for this type of system, and could be used to improve the efficiency of the distribution of heat inside and around air ducts using different air speeds, types of materials and dimensions. / Resumen. El objetivo de este estudio fue adaptar y validar un modelo computacional haciendo uso de la dinámica de fluidos computacional (CFD para predecir la temperatura y la velocidad del aire en un sistema de distribución de ductos acoplado a un sitema de calefacción que es utilizado en las instalaciones avícola en los países tropicales y subtropicales. La validación del modelo con los datos experimentales fue satisfactoria, presentando valores medios normalizados del error cuadrado NMSE de 0,25 y 0,02 para la temperatura y velocidad del aire respectivamente. Los resultados muestran que el modelo propuesto es adecuado para predecir la velocidad del aire y la temperatura alrededor de este tipo de sistema, y podría ser utilizado para mejorar la eficiencia la distribución de calor en el interior y alrededor de los conductos, usando diferentes velocidades, tipos de materiales y dimensiones. 

  12. Assessment of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for nuclear reactor safety problems

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    The basic objective of the present work was to provide documented evidence of the need to perform CFD simulations in Nuclear Reactor Safety (NRS), concentrating on single-phase applications, and to assess the competence of the present generation of CFD codes to perform these simulations reliably. The fulfilling of this objective involves multiple tasks, summarized as: to provide a classification of NRS problems requiring CFD analysis, to identify and catalogue existing CFD assessment bases, to identify shortcomings in CFD approaches, to put into place a means for extending the CFD assessment database, with an emphasis on NRS applications. The resulting document is presented here. After some introductory remarks, chapter 3 lists twenty-two NRS issues for which it is considered that the application of CFD would bring real benefits in terms of better predictive capability. This classification is followed by a short description of the safety issue, a state-of-the-art summary of what has been attempted, and what is still needed to be done to improve reliability. Chapter 4 details the assessment bases that have already been established in both the nuclear and non-nuclear domains, and discusses the usefulness and relevance of the work to NRS applications, where appropriate. This information is augmented in Chapter 5 by descriptions of the existing CFD assessment bases that have been established around specific, NRS problems. Typical examples are experiments devoted to the boron dilution issue, pressurised thermal shock, and thermal fatigue in pipes. Chapter 6 is devoted to identifying the technology gaps which need to be closed to make CFD a more trustworthy analytical tool. Some deficiencies identified are lack of a Phenomenon Identification and Ranking Table (PIRT), limitations in the range of application of turbulence models, coupling of CFD with neutronics and system codes, and computer power limitations. Most CFD codes currently being used have their own, custom

  13. CFD simulation of coaxial injectors

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    Landrum, D. Brian

    1993-01-01

    The development of improved performance models for the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) is an important, ongoing program at NASA MSFC. These models allow prediction of overall system performance, as well as analysis of run-time anomalies which might adversely affect engine performance or safety. Due to the complexity of the flow fields associated with the SSME, NASA has increasingly turned to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques as modeling tools. An important component of the SSME system is the fuel preburner, which consists of a cylindrical chamber with a plate containing 264 coaxial injector elements at one end. A fuel rich mixture of gaseous hydrogen and liquid oxygen is injected and combusted in the chamber. This process preheats the hydrogen fuel before it enters the main combustion chamber, powers the hydrogen turbo-pump, and provides a heat dump for nozzle cooling. Issues of interest include the temperature and pressure fields at the turbine inlet and the thermal compatibility between the preburner chamber and injector plate. Performance anomalies can occur due to incomplete combustion, blocked injector ports, etc. The performance model should include the capability to simulate the effects of these anomalies. The current approach to the numerical simulation of the SSME fuel preburner flow field is to use a global model based on the MSFC sponsored FNDS code. This code does not have the capabilities of modeling several aspects of the problem such as detailed modeling of the coaxial injectors. Therefore, an effort has been initiated to develop a detailed simulation of the preburner coaxial injectors and provide gas phase boundary conditions just downstream of the injector face as input to the FDNS code. This simulation should include three-dimensional geometric effects such as proximity of injectors to baffles and chamber walls and interaction between injectors. This report describes an investigation into the numerical simulation of GH2/LOX coaxial

  14. Input model of a VVER 440/213 fuel assembly and CFD calculations by the FLUENT code

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    The preparation of the final version of the computation network of a VVER 440/213 fuel assembly by the GAMBIT code is described. Qualified estimates of the size of the networks (numbers of cells) are made especially in dependence on the network density in the transverse section. Some sensitivity analyses performed on smaller geometries, devoted to the effect of computation network density on turbulence modelling and to the effect of the limiting layer thickness on the temperature and flow rate fields are described. Of importance was the analysis of spacer grid replacement by means of the porous media function with regard to savings in the number of computational cells. The CFD calculations in the FLUENT code, performed first for smaller test problems and subsequently for large problems describing 1/6 to 1/2 of the fuel assembly, are described. Analyzed are the coolant distribution within the assembly after passing the bottom supporting plate and the effect of the spacer grids on coolant distribution and on heat transfer

  15. Assessment of the aerodynamic characteristics of thick airfoils in high Reynolds and moderate Ma numbers using CFD modeling

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    Prospathopoulos, John M.; Papadakis, Giorgos; Sieros, Giorgos; Voutsinas, Spyros G.; Chaviaropoulos, Takis K.; Diakakis, Kostas

    2014-06-01

    The aerodynamic characteristics of thick airfoils in high Reynolds number is assessed using two different CFD RANS solvers: the compressible MaPFlow and the incompressible CRES-flowNS-2D both equipped with the k-ω SST turbulence model. Validation is carried out by comparing simulations against existing high Reynolds experimental data for the NACA 63-018 airfoil in the range of -10° to 20°. The use of two different solvers aims on one hand at increasing the credibility in the results and on the other at quantifying the compressibility effects. Convergence of steady simulations is achieved within a mean range of -10° to 14° which refers to attached or light stall conditions. Over this range the simulations from the two codes are in good agreement. As stall gets deeper, steady convergence ceases and the simulations must switch to unsteady. Lift and drag oscillations are produced which increase in amplitude as the angle of attack increases. Finally in post stall, the average CL is found to decrease up to ~24° or 32° for the FFA or the NACA 63-018 airfoils respectively, and then recover to higher values indicating a change in the unsteady features of the flow.

  16. Phase-Contrast MRI and CFD Modeling of Apparent 3He Gas Flow in Rat Pulmonary Airways

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    Phase-contrast (PC) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with hyperpolarized 3He is potentially useful for developing and testing patient-specific models of pulmonary airflow. One challenge, however, is that PC-MRI provides apparent values of local 3He velocity that not only depend on actual airflow but also on gas diffusion. This not only blurs laminar flow patterns in narrow airways but also introduces anomalous airflow structure that reflects gas-wall interactions. Here, both effects are predicted in a live rat using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and for the first time, simulated patterns of apparent 3He gas velocity are compared with in-vivo PC-MRI. Results show (1) that correlations (R2) between measured and simulated airflow patterns increase from 0.23 to 0.79 simply by accounting for apparent 3He transport, and that (2) remaining differences are mainly due to uncertain airway segmentation and partial volume effects stemming from relatively coarse MRI resolution. Higher-fidelity testing of pulmonary airflow predictions should therefore be possible with future imaging improvements.

  17. Phase-Contrast MRI and CFD Modeling of Apparent 3He Gas Flow in Rat Pulmonary Airways

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    Minard, Kevin R.; Kuprat, Andrew P.; Kabilan, Senthil; Jacob, Rick E.; Einstein, Daniel R.; Carson, James P.; Corley, Richard A.

    2012-08-01

    Phase-contrast (PC) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with hyperpolarized 3He is potentially useful for developing and testing patient-specific models of pulmonary airflow. One challenge, however, is that PC-MRI provides apparent values of local 3He velocity that not only depend on actual airflow but also on gas diffusion. This not only blurs laminar flow patterns in narrow airways but also introduces anomalous airflow structure that reflects gas-wall interactions. Here, both effects are predicted in a live rat using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and for the first time, simulated patterns of apparent 3He gas velocity are compared with in-vivo PC-MRI. Results show (1) that correlations (R2) between measured and simulated airflow patterns increase from 0.23 to 0.79 simply by accounting for apparent 3He transport, and that (2) remaining differences are mainly due to uncertain airway segmentation and partial volume effects stemming from relatively coarse MRI resolution. Higher-fidelity testing of pulmonary airflow predictions should therefore be possible with future imaging improvements.

  18. Verification of a CFD model for indoor airflow and heat transfer

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    Stamou, A.; Katsiris, I. [School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Heroon Polytechniou 5, 15780 Athens (Greece)

    2006-09-15

    The SST k-{omega} based model is applied to calculate air-flow velocities and temperatures in a model office room. Calculations are compared with experiments and with the results of the standard k-{epsilon}, the RNG k-{epsilon} model and the laminar model. It is concluded that (a) all the three tested turbulent models predict satisfactorily the main qualitative features of the flow and the layered type of temperature fields and (b) computations with the SST k-{omega} based model show the best agreement with measurements. The use of this model is proposed combined with a suitable grid. (author)

  19. CFD simulation of the discharge flow from standard Rushton impeller

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    Bohuš Kysela; Jiří Konfršt; Ivan Fořt; Zdeněk Chára

    2014-01-01

    The radial discharge jet from the standard Rushton turbine was investigated by the CFD calculations and compared with results from the Laser Doppler Anemometry (LDA) measurements. The Large Eddy Simulation (LES) approach was employed with Sliding Mesh (SM) model of the impeller motion. The obtained velocity profiles of the mean ensemble-averaged velocity and r.m.s. values of the fluctuating velocity were compared in several distances from the impeller blades. The calculated values of mean ens...

  20. CFD Modeling of the Multipurpose Hydrogen Test Bed (MHTB) Self-Pressurization and Spray Bar Mixing Experiments in Normal Gravity: Effect of the Accommodation Coefficient on the Tank Pressure

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    Kartuzova, Olga; Kassemi, Mohammad

    2015-01-01

    A CFD model for simulating the self-pressurization of a large scale liquid hydrogen storage tank is utilized in this paper to model the MHTB self-pressurization experiment. The kinetics-based Schrage equation is used to account for the evaporative and condensi ng interfacial mass flows in this model. The effect of the accommodation coefficient for calculating the interfacial mass transfer rate on the tank pressure during tank selfpressurization is studied. The values of the accommodation coefficient which were considered in this study vary from 1.0e-3 to 1.0e-1 for the explicit VOF model and from 1.0e-4 to 1.0e-3 for the implicit VOF model. The ullage pressure evolutions are compared against experimental data. A CFD model for controlling pressure in cryogenic storage tanks by spraying cold liquid into the ullage is also presented. The Euler-Lagrange approach is utilized for tracking the spray droplets and for modeling the interaction between the droplets and the continuous phase (ullage). The spray model is coupled with the VOF model by performing particle tracking in the ullage, removing particles from the ullage when they reach the interface, and then adding their contributions to the liquid. Droplet-ullage heat and mass transfer are modeled. The flow, temperature, and interfacial mass flux, as well as droplets trajectories, size distribution and temperatures predicted by the model are presented. The ul lage pressure and vapor temperature evolutions are compared with experimental data obtained from the MHTB spray bar mixing experiment. The effect of the accommodation coefficient for calculating the interfacial and droplet mass transfer rates on the tank pressure during mixing of the vapor using spray is studied. The values used for the accommodation coefficient at the interface vary from 1.0e-5 to 1.0e-2. The droplet accommodation coefficient values vary from 2.0e-6 to 1.0e-4.

  1. 3D-CFD simulation and neural network model for the j and f factors of the wavy fin-and-flat tube heat exchangers

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    M Khoshvaght Aliabadi

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available A three dimensional (3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD simulation and a neural network model are presented to estimate the behaviors of the Colburn factor (j and the Fanning friction factor (f for wavy fin - and - flat tube (WFFT heat exchangers. Effects of the five geometrical factors of fin pitch, fin height, fin length, fin thickness, and wavy amplitude are investigated over a wide range of Reynolds number (600CFD simulation results express that the geometrical parameters of wavy fins have significant effects on the j and f factors as a function of Reynolds number. The computational results have an adequate accuracy when compared to experimental data. The accuracy of the calculations of the j and f factors are evaluated by the values of the absolute average relative deviation (AARD, being respectively 3.8% and 8.2% for the CFD simulation and 1.3% and 1% for the neural network model. Finally, new correlations are proposed to estimate the values of the j and f factors with 3.22% and 3.68% AARD respectively.

  2. CFD modelling of outflow and ductile fracture propagation in pressurised pipelines

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    Brown, S. F.

    2011-01-01

    This thesis describes the fundamental extension, development and testing of a mathematical model for predicting the transient outflow following the failure of pressurised pipelines. The above encompasses improvements to the theoretical basis and numerical stability, reduction in the computational runtime and the modelling of fracture propagation with particular reference to CO2 pipelines. The basic model utilises the homogeneous equilibrium model (HEM), where the constituent...

  3. Co-firing biomass and coal-progress in CFD modelling capabilities

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    Kær, Søren Knudsen; Rosendahl, Lasse Aistrup; Yin, Chungen;

    2005-01-01

    This paper discusses the development of user defined FLUENT™ sub models to improve the modelling capabilities in the area of large biomass particle motion and conversion. Focus is put on a model that includes the influence from particle size and shape on the reactivity by resolving intra-particle...

  4. The computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling of coolant flow in fuel assembly - current results and their application

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    The paper summarises present works performed by VUJE Inc in the field of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation of coolant flow in fuel assemblies used in the WWER-440 reactors. These works are extension of the previous calculations presented on Acer Symposium 2004 and their aim is the better understanding of coolant flow in different parts of fuel assembly. While the previous CFD simulations were focused on study of individual parameters influences on the coolant flow mixing in the upper part of fuel assembly (pin-wise power distribution, geometry of fuel assembly, by-pass flow and coolant flow in central tube), the present works are directed more to verification of previous calculations and joining of individual effects on coolant flow mixing in the upper part of fuel assembly, mainly in the thermocouple position. The main purpose of the CFD simulations of coolant flow in fuel assembly is to increase accuracy of temperature measurements placed at the output of fuel assemblies (Authors)

  5. Multidimensional modelling of temperature distribution in spent fuel pools of WWER-1000 and WWER-440 using Fluent CFD code

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    The paper presents results of CFD calculations of spent fuel storage pool at WWER-440 and WWER-1000 units. The calculations were performed by the Fluent 6.2 CFD code. Standard nuclear safety problems of spent fuel pools, such as keff calculation or spent fuel pool dry-out more technical problems related to spent fuel pool operation in the Czech Republic NPPs Dukovany and Temelin. Following several problems had been identified during nuclear power plant operation and shutdown procedure validation: 1. Inadequate water temperature and water level measurements; 2. Repeated cracking of pool stainless steel lining; 3. Lack of data for shutdown procedure validation. The first two items were supposed to have a common cause - significant non-uniformity of pool water temperature fields and related strong buoyancy effects. We have analysed flow patterns in spent fuel pools and temperature fields at pool walls using the Fluent CFD code to verify this assumption and to solve above-mentioned problems ( Authors)

  6. On application of CFD codes to problems of nuclear reactor safety

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    The 'Exploratory Meeting of Experts to Define an Action Plan on the Application of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Codes to Nuclear Reactor Safety Problems' held in May 2002 at Aix-en-Province, France, recommended formation of writing groups to report the need of guidelines for use and assessment of CFD in single-phase nuclear reactor safety problems, and on recommended extensions to CFD codes to meet the needs of two-phase problems in nuclear reactor safety. This recommendations was supported also by Working Group on the Analysis and Management of Accidents and led to formation oaf three Writing Groups. The first writing Group prepared a summary of existing best practice guidelines for single phase CFD analysis and made a recommendation on the need for nuclear reactor safety specific guidelines. The second Writing Group selected those nuclear reactor safety applications for which understanding requires or is significantly enhanced by single-phase CFD analysis, and proposed a methodology for establishing assesment matrices relevant to nuclear reactor safety applications. The third writing group performed a classification of nuclear reactor safety problems where extension of CFD to two-phase flow may bring real benefit, a classification of different modeling approaches, and specification and analysis of needs in terms of physical and numerical assessments. This presentation provides a review of these activities with the most important conclusions and recommendations (Authors)

  7. CFD-DP Modeling of Multiphase Flow in Dense Medium Cyclone

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    Okan Topcu

    2012-01-01

    A numerical study of the gas-liquid-solid multi-phase flow in a hydrocyclone is summarized in this paper. The turbulent flow of the gas and the liquid is modelled using the realizable k-epsilon turbulence model, the interface between the liquid and the air core is modelled using the Eulerian multi-phase model and the simulation of the particle flow described by the dense discrete phase model in which the data of the multi-phase flow are used. Separation efficiency, particle trajectories, spli...

  8. Mining data from CFD simulation for aneurysm and carotid bifurcation models.

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    Miloš, Radović; Dejan, Petrović; Nenad, Filipović

    2011-01-01

    Arterial geometry variability is present both within and across individuals. To analyze the influence of geometric parameters, blood density, dynamic viscosity and blood velocity on wall shear stress (WSS) distribution in the human carotid artery bifurcation and aneurysm, the computer simulations were run to generate the data pertaining to this phenomenon. In our work we evaluate two prediction models for modeling these relationships: neural network model and k-nearest neighbor model. The results revealed that both models have high prediction ability for this prediction task. The achieved results represent progress in assessment of stroke risk for a given patient data in real time. PMID:22256273

  9. Global Combustion Mechanisms for Use in CFD Modeling under Oxy-Fuel Conditions

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    Andersen, Jimmy; Rasmussen, Christian Lund; Giselsson, Trine;

    2009-01-01

    conditions. In the modification approach, the initiating reactions involving hydrocarbon and oxygen were retained, while modifying the H-2-CO-CO2 reactions in order to improve prediction of major species concentrations. The main attention has been to capture the trend and level of CO predicted...

  10. The role of CFD combustion modeling in hydrogen safety management – III: Validation based on homogeneous hydrogen–air–diluent experiments

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    Highlights: • A CFD based method proposed in the previous article is used for the simulation of the effect of CO2–He dilution on hydrogen deflagration. • A theoretical study is presented to verify whether CO2–He diluent can be used as a replacement for H2O as diluent. • CFD model used for the validation work is described. • TFC combustion model results are in good agreement with large-scale homogeneous hydrogen–air–CO2–He experiments. - Abstract: Large quantities of hydrogen can be generated and released into the containment during a severe accident in a PWR. The generated hydrogen, when mixed with air, can lead to hydrogen combustion. The dynamic pressure loads resulting from hydrogen combustion can be detrimental to the structural integrity of the reactor safety systems and the reactor containment. Therefore, accurate prediction of these pressure loads is an important safety issue. In our previous article, a CFD based method to determine these pressure loads was presented. This CFD method is based on the application of a turbulent flame speed closure combustion model. The method was validated against three uniform hydrogen–air deflagration experiments with different blockage ratio performed in the ENACCEF facility. It was concluded that the maximum pressures were predicted within 13% accuracy, while the rate of pressure rise dp/dt was predicted within about 30%. The eigen frequencies of the residual pressure wave phenomena were predicted within a few %. In the present article, we perform additional validation of the CFD based method against three uniform hydrogen–air–CO2–He deflagration experiments with three different concentrations of the CO2–He diluent. The trends of decrease in the flame velocity, the intermediate peak pressure, the rate of pressure rise dp/dt, and the maximum value of the mean pressure with an increase in the CO2–He dilution are captured well in the simulations. From the presented validation analyses, it can be

  11. Particle Tracking and Deposition from CFD Simulations using a Viscoelastic Particle Model

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    Losurdo, M.

    2009-01-01

    In the present dissertation the mathematical modelling of particle deposition is studied and the solution algorithms for particle tracking, deposition and deposit growth are developed. Particle deposition is modelled according to mechanical impact and contact mechanics taking into account the dependency on time, temperature and particle-deposit composition explicitly. Indeed, such a model lies in the field of the rheology of visco-elastic solids which the author of this dissertation refers to...

  12. A comparison of turbulence models in airship steady-state CFD simulations

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    Voloshin, Vitaly; Chen, Yong K.; Calay, Rajnish K.

    2012-01-01

    The accuracy and resource consumption of the four different turbulence models based on the eddy viscosity assumption, namely, $k-\\varepsilon$, two $k-\\omega$ and Spallart-Allmaram models, in modeling airships are investigated. The test airship shape is a conventional shape. Three different angles of attack are considered. The results are checked against the wind tunnel experimental data. The resource consumption study is based on the benchmark of 1500 iterations. Based on all data obtained it...

  13. Validation of vortex code viscous models using lidar wake measurements and CFD

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    Branlard, Emmanuel; Machefaux, Ewan; Gaunaa, Mac;

    2014-01-01

    The newly implemented vortex code Omnivor coupled to the aero-servo-elastic tool hawc2 is described in this paper. Vortex wake improvements by the implementation of viscous effects are considered. Different viscous models are implemented and compared with each other. Turbulent flow fields with sh...... viscous boundaries appear more important than the modelling of viscosity in the wake. External turbulence and shear appear sufficient but their full potential flow modelling would be preferred....

  14. A comparison of turbulence models in airship steady-state CFD simulations

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    Voloshin, Vitaly; Calay, Rajnish K

    2012-01-01

    The accuracy and resource consumption of the four different turbulence models based on the eddy viscosity assumption, namely, $k-\\varepsilon$, two $k-\\omega$ and Spallart-Allmaram models, in modeling airships are investigated. The test airship shape is a conventional shape. Three different angles of attack are considered. The results are checked against the wind tunnel experimental data. The resource consumption study is based on the benchmark of 1500 iterations. Based on all data obtained it is evident that Spallart-Allmaras model is the most optimal one in the majority of cases.

  15. Eulerian CFD modelling for biomass combustion. Transient simulation of an underfeed pellet boiler

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    Highlights: • A 3D transient model for the simulation of fixed bed combustion was applied in a biomass boiler. • The thermal conversion of solid wood was modelled by a group of transport equations. • An advective motion model was introduced to account for the bed movements caused by the feeding process. • The models were applied to the geometry of real boiler to analyse their overall behaviour. - Abstract: This paper describes a transient model for biomass combustion in a fixed bed boiler. This method implements several submodels which address a variety of conversion processes and interactions between solid and gas phases. A set of Eulerian variables will be defined representing the solid phase state as well as the governing equation model for both the evolution and the thermal conversion of the bed. The solid phase components including the ash content is divided into solid and volatile elements. The fuel feeding is modelled by an advective flux term in the transport equations of the solid phase variables. The advective flux term includes a treatment that prevents the numerical diffusion beyond the bed’s surface. This method also includes heat and mass transfer models between phases, particle and bed shrinkage, porous media and gas reactions. Several experimental tests have been simulated to contrast model behaviour. The primary variable profiles of the solid phase in the bed and gas phase in the furnace have been analysed. The results show reasonably good predictions for the exchanged heat and the flue gas concentrations

  16. CFD simulation of neutral ABL flows

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    Zhang, Xiaodong

    2009-01-01

    This work is to evaluate the CFD prediction of Atmospheric Boundary Layer flow field over different terrains employing Fluent 6.3 software. How accurate the simulation could achieve depend on following aspects: viscous model, wall functions, agreement of CFD model with inlet wind velocity profile and top boundary condition. Fluent employ wall function roughness modifications based on data from experiments with sand grain roughened pipes and channels, describe wall adjacent zone with Roughness...

  17. Particle Tracking and Deposition from CFD Simulations using a Viscoelastic Particle Model

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    Losurdo, M.

    2009-01-01

    In the present dissertation the mathematical modelling of particle deposition is studied and the solution algorithms for particle tracking, deposition and deposit growth are developed. Particle deposition is modelled according to mechanical impact and contact mechanics taking into account the depend

  18. Prediction and validation of pool fire development in enclosures by means of CFD Models for risk assessment of nuclear power plants (Poolfire) - Report year 2

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    van Hees, P.; Wahlqvist, J.; Kong, D. [Lund Univ., Lund (Sweden); Hostikka, S.; Sikanen, T. [VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Finland); Husted, B. [Haugesund Univ. College, Stord (Norway); Magnusson, T. [Ringhals AB, Vaeroebacka (Sweden); Joerud, F. [European Spallation Source (ESS), Lund (Sweden)

    2013-05-15

    Fires in nuclear power plants can be an important hazard for the overall safety of the facility. One of the typical fire sources is a pool fire. It is therefore important to have good knowledge on the fire behaviour of pool fire and be able to predict the heat release rate by prediction of the mass loss rate. This project envisages developing a pyrolysis model to be used in CFD models. In this report the activities for second year are reported, which is an overview of the experiments conducted, further development and validation of models and cases study to be selected in year 3. (Author)

  19. Prediction and validation of pool fire development in enclosures by means of CFD Models for risk assessment of nuclear power plants (Poolfire) - Report year 2

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    Fires in nuclear power plants can be an important hazard for the overall safety of the facility. One of the typical fire sources is a pool fire. It is therefore important to have good knowledge on the fire behaviour of pool fire and be able to predict the heat release rate by prediction of the mass loss rate. This project envisages developing a pyrolysis model to be used in CFD models. In this report the activities for second year are reported, which is an overview of the experiments conducted, further development and validation of models and cases study to be selected in year 3. (Author)