

Simulation of Variable Magnetic Field Effect on Natural Convection Heat Transfer of Fe3O4/Graphite Slurry based on Experimental Properties of Slurries


Pages :
114


Authors :
I. Pishkar,
B. Ghasemi,
A. Raisi,
S. M. Aminossadati,
Natural convective heat transfer of Fe3O4/graphite slurry in a square cavity is numerically examined. The slurry is assumed to be a nonNewtonian ferrofluid under a variable external magnetic field. The left and right walls of the cavity are assumed to be at a relatively low temperature (Tc), while the horizontal walls are thermally insulated. A heat source with a variable temperature distribution is located at the bottom of the enclosure. The nonNewtonian behavior of the graphite slurry (a mixture of ethylene glycol and graphite powder) has been modelled using experimental results. The control volume method and the SIMPLE algorithm were used to discretize and solve the governing equations considering the Ferrohydrodynamics (FHD), the Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and the nonNewtonian fluid behavior. The heat transfer and fluid flow properties are determined for different locations of the magnetic field source, and different values of the magnetic number (Kelvin force), and the Hartmann number (Lorentz force). The results show that when the magnetic field source is located below the enclosure and near the heat source, the vortices are strengthened resulting in an increased heat transfer. The heat transfer rate is affected by FHD and MHD. When the magnetic field source is located at the corner points, the heat transfer rate is not significantly affected by the magnetic and Hartmann numbers. However, once the magnetic field source is located near the central point of the lower wall of the enclosure, the heat transfer rate is influenced by the increase of the magnetic number.





Influence of Multi Stenosis on Hemodynamic Parameters in an Idealized Coronary Artery Model


Pages :
1523


Authors :
S. Kamangar,
This study explores the influence of tandem stenosis on hemodynamic constraints in idealized coronary artery models with different interspace distance between the stenosis and its severity. The blood was assumed as nonNewtonian, incompressible, and pulsatile fluid. The hemodynamic parameters of blood, such as the oscillatory shear index (OSI), wall shear stress (WSS) and time average wall shear stress (TAWSS) are obtained and compared for various degrees of stenosis and interspacing distance in various blood models. The computed results showed that as the interspacing distance between the stenosis decreases, the low wall shear stress area increases for the model P70_D70, leading to further progression of stenosis in the distal region. No significant variation was observed for the model P70_D90, whereas the low WSS region increases as the interspace distance of proximal and distal stenosis increases for the model P90_D70. The highest TAWSS sites were created across the 90% AS (area stenosis) for all the cases studied. As the higher value of TAWSS is clinically significant since it could damage the endothelial layer. It is well known that the maximum value of OSI is strongly associated with the critical areas of stenosis rupture. The maximum value of OSI was found at the proximal and distal stenosis for all the models simulated.





Effect of Volute Geometry on Radial Force Characteristics of Centrifugal Pump during Startup


Pages :
2536


Authors :
R. Zhou,
J. Yang,
H Liu,
L. Dong,
To research the effect of the volute geometry on the radial force characteristics of the centrifugal pump during the starting process, choosing a centrifugal pump with a head of 87m as the research object. The pumping chamber is redesigned into a singlevolute and a doublevolute with similar external characteristics, and a circulation pipeline system is established. RNG kε turbulence model is employed to calculate the unsteady starting process of two kinds of centrifugal pumps. The variation trends of radial force received by the impeller and volute during the startup process are obtained. The radial force characteristics and internal flow field evolution of two centrifugal pumps are compared and analyzed. The results show that the radial force vector distribution of the impeller changes in spiral periodicity during the startup process, and the spiral geometry is influenced by the number of impeller blades. The direction of the spiral is opposite to the rotational speed. The doublevolute geometry can effectively reduce the radial force and pulsation amplitude of the impeller during the startup process of the centrifugal pump, reducing the radial force by about 80% at rated speed. But the radial force vector distribution of the doublevolute is more complicated and disordered than the singlevolute.





Improved Stall Delay Model for HAWT Performance Predictions using 3D NavierStokes Solver and Actuator Disk Method


Pages :
3750


Authors :
M. N. Hamlaoui,
A. Smaili,
H. Fellouah,
The Actuator Disk Method (ADM), in its analytical formulation or combined with NavierStokes equations, is widely used for design and/or for aerodynamic analysis of Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines (HAWT). This method has demonstrated its capabilities for performance predictions of HAWT rotors for limited range of wind speeds with lower angles of attack values, i.e. attached flow conditions. However, for typical wind speeds that rotor encounters, under higher angles of attack i.e. stall conditions, such a method cannot describe accurately the flow characteristics around rotorblades due to severe flow separations coupled with the effects of blades rotation as well as the radial flow over the blades. In this paper, original correction approaches have been proposed for the existing stall delay models to take into account both the blade rotation and the radial flow effects over the rotor blades. For this purpose, the ADM combined with 3D NavierStokes equations formulation using Large Eddy Simulations (LES) model has been considered to describe the incompressible turbulent flow field around HAWT rotor blades. The resulting mathematical model has been solved using a 3D inhouse subroutine developed with OpenFOAM code. The proposed numerical method has been validated against the well recognized reference measurements obtained using the New MEXICO and the NREL Phase VI experimental wind turbines. In comparison with existing stall delay models, the proposed correction approaches, especially the radial flow approach, have shown noticeable enhancements on performance predictions of HAWT rotors compared to the experimental measurements. It has been found very low discrepancies to the experimental torque and thrust values, up to 1% and 10% have been recorded respectively.





Experimental Investigation of a WavePiercing Trimaran on the Outrigger Configurations in terms of Seakeeping and Added Resistance


Pages :
5162


Authors :
A. Askarian Khoob,
S. Moghaddam Pour,
A. Feizi,
The outrigger symmetry of a trimaran is believed to significantly affect its hydrodynamic functioning. The present study was conducted to investigate the added resistance responses and experimental vertical motion of a wavepiercing trimaran in regular head waves. A series of experiments have been carried out in the National Iranian Marine Laboratory (NIMALA) towing tank to determine the effect of side hulls symmetry on the heave and pitch motions and added resistance. The models were tested over a range of wave frequencies and Froude numbers using both symmetric and asymmetric outriggers. According to the results, the symmetric side hull form based on heave motion, the outboard form in terms of pitch motion and added resistance have better performances among these three kinds of side hull forms. Furthermore, there are local maximum and minimum points on the ship motion response curves due to heave and pitch coupling in their respective frequencies.





Experimental Study on Cooling Efficiency of Hypersonic Optical Window


Pages :
6372


Authors :
Qi Mi,
S. H. Yi,
X. H. Zhao,
B. Zhang,
X. G. Lu,
The cooling effectiveness of optical window influences the imaging quality of hypersonic vehicles. This study focuses on the supersonic film cooling efficiency on the optical window of a blunt cone in hypersonic flow. The experiments were conducted in a gun tunnel equipped with a Mach 8 nozzle providing a total pressure and temperature of 9 MPa and 900 K respectively. Three tangential 2D nozzles with different combinations of slot heights and Mach numbers were designed to detect the film cooling length under different injection pressures. The heat flux on window surface was measured by Thin Film Gauges and the flow field was monitored by schlieren technique. When the jet pressure matched the mainstream, the window was completely cooled, and the minimum mass flow rate was achieved when the slot height was 5mm and the jet Mach number was 2.5. If the pressure ratio of jet continues to increase, the heat flux density could be furtherly reduced, but the cooling efficiency of unit coolant mass flow decreased significantly. The data correlation results showed that the cooling efficiency presented a nonlinear relationship of second order polynomial with (x/Sh)λ0.8 , and the effective cooling length of film was positively correlated with the cooling mass flow ratio (λ) and slot height of the nozzle. Besides, the increase of jet pressure resulted in thickening the mixing layer, which enhanced the heat insulation effect and reduced the heat flux as a result.





Experimental Investigation on Flow Characteristics in a Turbine RotorStator Cavity with Inlet at Low Radius


Pages :
7384


Authors :
H. L. Ren,
J. C. Zhang,
H. C. Cheng,
J. S. Chai,
S. Fu,
An experimental investigation has been designed and performed to determine the fluid flow characteristics in a rotorstator cavity with large gap ratio and inlet at low radius. In this investigation, the particle image velocimetry (PIV) technique is employed for the velocity measurements of airflow in the rotorstator cavity. Local swirl ratios are calculated from these velocity distributions. A range of parameter combinations of interest in fluid flow characteristics is covered, including combinations of variations in axial location, rotational Reynolds number (denoted as Reφ), and inlet nondimensional mass flow rate (denoted as CW). The results indicate that the flow in the rotorstator cavity is still dominated by circumferential motion. The velocity is basically unchanged along the circumference. However, the velocity increases with the increase of radial position. In different axial positions, the velocity distribution is different. The closer to the rotor, the more uneven the flow in the rotorstator cavity is. The disturbance of the rotor rotating motion to the fluid mainly occurs in the high radius region, which should be paid more attention to in the process of reforming the flow field characteristics. To the circumferential velocity of low radius fluid, the Reφ is in direct proportion, while the CW is in inverse. The swirl ratio in the core region is very close to that in the high radius near the wall region of the rotor, which can be inferred to be caused by the backflow in the rotorstator cavity.





A Comparative Study of the BuoyancyOpposed Wall Jet using Different Turbulent Models


Pages :
8598


Authors :
X. Nie,
Z. H. Zhu,
H. B. Liao,
Y. Z. Zhang,
J. R. Xu,
A comparative study of the buoyancyopposed wall jet has been carried out using RANS methods (including RNG model, Realizable kε model, and two low Reynolds number kε models) and LES methods (including the subgrid scale model developed by Smagorinsky et al.(1963), Germano et al. (1991) and Kim et al. (1997)). The capability of each turbulence model to predict the flow field and temperature field in mixing stage was investigated. The results show that the kε series model can accurately predict the velocity distribution of flow field under isothermal case. However, in the case of buoyancy, due to the assumption of turbulent normal stress isotropy, the trend of temperature change in the mixing region and transition position existed an obvious deviation with experimental data. The LES methods, solved directly the large scale vortices, take into account the influence of turbulence stress anisotropy in the mixing region on the temperature change and capture the temperature change trend over the whole domain accurately. Due to the application of the subgrid kinetic energy transport equation, KET model has certain advantages in numerical simulation of similar engineering flow phenomenon.





Performance Improvement in Savonius Wind Turbine by Modification of Blade Shape


Pages :
90107


Authors :
J. Ramarajan ,
S. Jayavel,
Wind energy is one of the abundantly available renewable energy resources. Savonius vertical axis wind turbine is better suited for small scale power generation applications with many advantages. The turbine operates independent of wind direction with good starting torque and less noise. But, the power coefficient of the Savonius turbine is less than all other wind turbines. The shape of the turbine blades plays an important role in the performance of the turbine. In this present twodimensional numerical study, an attempt has been made to improve the turbine performance by considering three types of blade shapes. The complete design details of the proposed new blade shapes are presented. The simulations are carried out using ANSYS Fluent 15.0 with SST Kω turbulence model. The power coefficient of the modified blade is found to have increased by 20% compared to conventional blade shape. The effect of tipspeedratio on power coefficient has also been studied and reported.





Research on Thrust Calibration Technology of Aeroengine Indoor Test Bench


Pages :
109116


Authors :
Z. Liu,
S. Zhang,
Y. Yin,
Z. Wang,
Y. Luan,
S. Zhou,
In order to solve the problem of insufficient thrust measurement accuracy of aeroengine indoor testbed, the thrust calibration experiment technology is studied. Form two aspects of engine static calibration and dynamic calibration, the mechanism of thrust calibration is comprehensively analyzed form the perspective of testbed and engine, and a complete set of operable test specifications is formed. The technical difficulties of engine consistency, inlet temperature deviation and nonstandard weather are solved, and the accuracy of thrust transmission process is ensured. The test scheme of indoor test bed calibration is given, and the corresponding ideas and requirements are given according to the test conditions, test bench, calibration engine, test process and result analysis, to ensure the accuracy of calibration results.





Numerical Study on the Effect of Jet on the Operation of Powder Fuel Scramjet


Pages :
117127


Authors :
H. M. Ding,
C. F. Zhuo,
W. J. Hu,
H. Y. Deng,
X. Chen,
Metal powder fuel has high energy and volume calorific values, and it is an excellent power fuel for hypersonic aircraft in the future. However, metal powder has poor flow characteristics and is difficult to be effectively mixed with air when supersonic air is injected. The mixing degree of fuel and air is an important factor to the efficiency of the engine. One way to solve this problem is to introduce a jet (the primary jet) upstream of the powder fuel inlet to improve the mixing degree of fuel and increase the residence time. In this study, a doublehole jet twodimensional scramjet combustor structure was established, the effects of different initial jet conditions on the performance of scramjets was studied and analyzed. The results show that the introduction of the primary jet can effectively improve the mixing degree of the powdered fuel and air in the combustion chamber, prolong the residence time of the particles in the combustion chamber and improves the combustion efficiency of the metal powder. However, both the combustion efficiency of the metal powder fuel and engine thrust increase and then decrease when the mass flow rate of the primary jet increases.





Mechanism of Vortices Appearance in the TaylorCouette Flow System


Pages :
129137


Authors :
M. Khirennas,
H. Oualli,
M. Mekadem,
T. Azzam,
A. Benaiche,
A. Bouabdallah,
This work is devoted to study the TaylorCouette flow at the early structuring stages. It is aimed to gain insight on the Taylor and Ekman vortices genesis mechanism since the first hints of presence detected at Ta=104. Simulations are carried out using Ansys Fluent software package. The basic system geometry is characterized bya height H= 150mm, ratio of inner to outer cylinder radii η= 0.9, radial gap δ= 0.11 and an aspect ratio corresponding to system height reported togap length, Г= H/δ = 15. Ekman and Taylor cells are tackled since the Taylor number Ta=104 to the first (TVF) and second (WVF) instabilities settlement at Tac1= 43.8 and Tac2= 54, respectively. It is sought to shed light on the underlying mechanism responsible for flow genesis and to identify all the intermediate successive steps from exnihilo when the system is at rest up to complete vortices formation. The obtained results show that presence of Ekman cells is already perceptible since a Taylor number as low as Ta= 104. In fact, localized overpressure zones are detected on system inner endcaps surfaces regularly distributed according to a π/2 phase lag. These overpressure zones azimuthally propagate to meet and cover the entire gap circumference when Ta~102 to101.





Enhancing Pool Boiling Heat Transfer by Structured Surfaces– A Lattice Boltzmann Study


Pages :
139151


Authors :
Y. Huang,
Y. Tian,
W. Ye,
W. Li,
J. Lei,
Y. Zhang,
The structured surfaceenhanced pool boiling process and associated heat transfer enhancement characteristics are numerically investigated by using the pseudopotential multiphase flow lattice Boltzmann (LB) model coupled finite difference method (FDM). In the current study, the effects of different microstructure geometries(square structures, triangular serrated structures, triangularraised structures) and varying spacing in triangularraised structures (d = 0, 22, 44, 66, 88, 110 l.u. (lattice units)) on boiling heat transfer (BHT) characteristics and bubble dynamics behavior are studied in detail. The results showed that microstructure can accelerate bubble nucleation. Among the three microstructures, the heat transfer performance of triangularraised structures was significantly better than that of square and triangular serrated structures in the nucleate boiling (Ja number is 0.1240.145). The oscillation and deformation of bubbles led to the lateral migration of bubbles, the continuous nucleation of small bubbles. The phenomenon of rewetting of heating surface occurred in the process of bubble migration, necking, deformation and detachment was found, which enhances heat transfer in nucleate boiling. At the same time, the growth, oscillation and detachment of bubbles also perturb the liquid and enhance the natural convection around the bubbles.Therefore the main BHT mechanism of nucleate boiling on the three kinds of structured surface is the combined action of transient heat conduction and microconvection. The variation of the spacing between microstructures showed an important effect on the BHT performance of the heating surface and the generation of activated nucleation sites in the nucleate boiling. Triangularraised structures can enhance transient heat conduction and microconvection, with the strongest enhancement effect at d = 66 l.u when the Ja number is 0.124.





Influence of Blade Lean on Performance and Shock Wave/Tip Leakage Flow Interaction in a Transonic Compressor Rotor


Pages :
153167


Authors :
Z. Cao,
X. Zhang,
Y. Liang,
B. Liu,
Blade lean has been extensively used in axial compressor stators to control flow separations, but its influence mechanism on transonic compressor rotors remains to be revealed. The aim of this study is to numerically explore the influence of blade lean on the performance and shock wave/tip leakage flow interaction in a transonic compressor rotor. The effects of leaned pattern (positively lean and negatively lean), leaned angle and leaned height were studied. Results showed that, compared with baseline configuration, the efficiency and total pressure ratio of the entire constant rotating speed line of positively leaned rotor were both decreased. The absolute value of peak efficiency was reduced by as much as 4.34% at 20° lean angle, whereas the maximum reduction of peak total pressure ratio was 0.1 at 20° lean angle. The tip leakage flow streamlines of baseline transonic rotor can be divided into two parts, i.e., the primary vortex and secondary vortex which arises after the shock. Due to shock/tip leakage vortex interaction, the primary vortex enlarged and lowmomentum region showed up after the shock; under near stall (NS) condition, tip leakage vortex breakdown occurred after interacting with shock. As positively leaned angle increased, the shock and the shock/tip leakage vortex interaction point moved upstream. In addition, the phenomenon of tip leakage vortex breakdown was enhanced. For negatively leaned rotors, as negatively leaned angle increased, the peak efficiency and total pressure ratio showed a tendency of first increasing and then decreasing. At 5° leaned angle, the peak efficiency was increased by 0.8% at most, and the maximum increment of total pressure ratio was 0.05 at 5° leaned angle. Besides, the loading of blade tip reduced and the loading moved toward trailing edge, resulting in the downstream movements of primary vortex, shock front and shock/tip leakage vortex interaction location. The results may help to improve the near tip flow field of transonic compressor rotor with leaned blade technology.





Stabilizing a Laminar Flow over a Rectangular Cylinder using Two Small Rotating Cylinders


Pages :
169178


Authors :
M. Najafi,
M. Goodarzi,
The possibility of suppressing laminar vortex shedding after a rectangular cylinder with a pair of rotating controllers has been investigated for Re=150. Drag and lift coefficients of the rectangular cylinder have been measured at different positions of the controller system. Numerical results show that the controller system suppresses the vortex shedding completely when installing at some suitable positions. It was found that the controller system affects the vorticity intensity in the separation bubbles at these suitable positions. The controller system may completely eliminate the separation bubble or may make them remain in attached to the cylinder. Besides, the effectiveness sensitivity of the controller system to its rotation rate and Reynolds number was analyzed when installing at the edge of the cylinder boundary layer where its position is denoted by (r/a=2,=40o). These analyses show that the controller system can still suppress the laminar vortex shedding completely when the rotation rate of the controller system and Reynolds number of the incoming flow change by less than 50%.





Optimisation of Trapped Vortex Cavity for Airfoil Separation Control


Pages :
179191


Authors :
C. Panigrahi,
R. Chawla,
M. T. Nair,
The effects of a Trapped Vortex Cavity (TVC) on the aerodynamic performance of a NACA 0024 airfoil at a constant angle of attack (AoA) of 14◦ were investigated in this study. It was observed that mass suction (MFR) was required to stabilise the vortex within the cavity segment. Lift to drag ratio (L/D) and MFR were chosen as performance objectives, along with a fully attached flow constraint (flow separation at X/c ≥ 95% ). Parametric analysis was carried on the baseline airfoil with and without suction and compared to the airfoil with TVC with and without suction. It was observed that L/D increases as MFR increases for a baseline airfoil, and flow separation is delayed at high suction values (MFR = 0.2 kg/s). The TVC modifies the pressure distribution on the baseline airfoil when MFR is applied to the cavity section and there is a significant increase in lift; thus, L/D increases and flow separation is delayed. A lower value of MFR = 0.08 kg/s is sufficient to stabilise the vortex and improve the efficiency of the TVC airfoil. The findings of these parametric studies were used to do a multiobjective optimisation using a genetic algorithm to attain the desired cavity shape while achieving the largest L/D and the lowest MFR (that is proportional to the power required for control) with a fully attached flow constraint. It was found that mass suction and cavity shape both had an equal influence on flow control. The Pareto optimal front yielded a series of optimum designs. One of them was subjected to an offdesign analysis in order to validate its performance at other incidences. It was observed that it performs better than the baseline airfoil, with an improved L/D and an increase in stall angle from 10◦ to 14◦.





Numerical Study of Combined Drag Reduction Bases on Vortex Generators and Riblets for the Ahmed Body using IDDES Methodology


Pages :
193207


Authors :
X. Yang,
Y. Hu,
Z. Gong,
J. Jian,
Z. Liu,
The flow fields around vehicle drag reduction devices are threedimensional, complicated, and unsteady. Meanwhile, the small scale of the drag reduction device brings more challenges to the simulation. An Improved Delayed Detached Eddy Simulation (IDDES) was applied to study the effect of two types of drag reduction device. First, the flow field of an Ahmed body at a 25° slant was simulated in detail using IDDES and verified by experiment data. Afterwards, the flow field structures of addingon vortex generators (VGs) and riblets on the rear and slant surface of the Ahmed body were studied. The simulation results of the velocity, pressure and vortex structure on the controlled case are presented by comparing with the baseline model to illustrate the drag reduction mechanism. The two dragreduction devices had different flow mechanisms and significantly affected the development of the separation vortex near the rear and slanted surface. A maximum drag reduction of 6.21% could be achieved using VGs on the rear surface. Finally, four combinations of those two devices were investigated. The results demonstrated that suitable combinations can further decrease the aerodynamic drag, and an 8.62% drag reduction is achieved.





On the Scale Size of the Aerodynamic Characteristics of a HighSpeed Train


Pages :
209220


Authors :
C. Chang,
T. Li,
D. Qin,
J. Zhang,
In the wind tunnel test of trains, the scale size changes the Reynolds numbers of trains, which may affect the aerodynamic characteristics of the train. Based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD), numerical models of train aerodynamics with five different scale sizes are established. The five different scale sizes are λ=1/1, 1/2, 1/8, 1/16 and 1/25, respectively, and the aerodynamic characteristics of trains running in the openair operating condition and crosswind operating condition with different scale sizes are numerically simulated. The results show that the pressure drag coefficients and pressure lift coefficients of the train tend to decrease with the decrease of the scale size. In the openair operating condition, compared with the fullsize train, the pressure drag coefficient of the 1/25th scaled train is less by 14.4%, and the pressure lift coefficients of the head car, middle car and tail car change 16.1%, 46.6% and 12.3%, respectively. The scale size affects the velocity gradient near the train surface and the position of flow separation changes. The decrease of the scale size leads to the decrease of Reynolds numbers and the increase of viscous drag coefficient. When the scale size is 1/25, the viscous drag coefficient of the train is 0.186, which is 48.6% larger than the one of the fullsize train. Compared with the openair operating condition, the trend of the pressure drag coefficients and viscous drag coefficients is consistent except for the head car in crosswind operating condition when the scale size decreases. In the range of scale size λ between 1/1 and 1/25, the aerodynamic drag coefficient of the head car, middle car and tail car increase with the decrease of scale size, and the difference in the aerodynamic drag coefficient of the train is 12.9%. In addition, the train’s aerodynamic lift coefficient shows an increasing trend with the decrease of scale size.





Study on the Impact Wear Characteristics of Catalyst Particles at 90° Elbow via CFDDEM Coupling Method


Pages :
221230


Authors :
X. F. Liu,
J. F. Zhou,
S. Q. Gao,
H. L. Zhao,
Z. Y. Liao,
H. Z. Jin,
C. Wang,
In the process of petrochemical production, the catalyst particles in the hydraulic conveying pipeline often cause wear failure accidents due to collisions with wall. Compared with spherical particles, nonspherical particles’ trajectory would be different due to its geometric shape, and thereby affecting the flow wear characteristics. In this paper, the shape of catalyst particle model with real aspect ratio was constructed by using multicluster method, and a CFDDEM coupling method was adopted by considering the interaction between particleparticle and particlewall. The study focuses on the effect of particle shape, radius of curvature and angle of bend in terms of the wear characteristics of liquidsolid twophase flow. The results indicate that with the increase of the particle aspect ratio, the wear rate and the impact density of particles decrease while the impact velocity increases, the wear area of the elbow mainly distributes in the middle part of the outer wall, and its maximum position appears between 78° and 90° in polar coordinates; With the increase of pipe’s curvature radius, the main wear area changes due to the direct collision and the sliding friction of the particles along the pipe wall, and its maximum wear rate shows a downward trend due to the reinforce of buffering effect; With the decrease of bending angle, The main wear area decrease because of the changes in particle flow patterns and it is mainly located in the center of the outer wall.





Study on the Impact Wear Characteristics of Catalyst Particles at 90° Elbow via CFDDEM Coupling Method


Pages :
221230


Authors :
X. F. Liu,
J. F. Zhou,
S. Q. Gao,
H. L. Zhao,
Z. Y. Liao,
H. Z. Jin,
C. Wang,
In the process of petrochemical production, the catalyst particles in the hydraulic conveying pipeline often cause wear failure accidents due to collisions with wall. Compared with spherical particles, nonspherical particles’ trajectory would be different due to its geometric shape, and thereby affecting the flow wear characteristics. In this paper, the shape of catalyst particle model with real aspect ratio was constructed by using multicluster method, and a CFDDEM coupling method was adopted by considering the interaction between particleparticle and particlewall. The study focuses on the effect of particle shape, radius of curvature and angle of bend in terms of the wear characteristics of liquidsolid twophase flow. The results indicate that with the increase of the particle aspect ratio, the wear rate and the impact density of particles decrease while the impact velocity increases, the wear area of the elbow mainly distributes in the middle part of the outer wall, and its maximum position appears between 78° and 90° in polar coordinates; With the increase of pipe’s curvature radius, the main wear area changes due to the direct collision and the sliding friction of the particles along the pipe wall, and its maximum wear rate shows a downward trend due to the reinforce of buffering effect; With the decrease of bending angle, The main wear area decrease because of the changes in particle flow patterns and it is mainly located in the center of the outer wall.





Effects of Blowing Location on Aeroacoustics of the Flow over a Circular Cylinder


Pages :
231243


Authors :
S. Abbasi,
This study investigated the effect of blowing on vortex shedding and aerodynamic noise due to flow over a circular cylinder. The flow simulation is performed by the URANS equations using kωSST turbulence model. Calculations of the aerodynamic noise are performed through Ffowcs WilliamsHawkins analogy. The cylinder’s crosssection with a diameter of D=16mm, and the blowing jet is applied through slot windows that are located on the cylinder back surface. In this study, three positions for slot windows are considered. Verification of the numerical results is confirmed by comparing numerical results with the reported experimental ones (Uncontrolled case). The results showed that the optimal blowing position could reduce noise, lift coefficient, and drag coefficient; this result occurs for a slot window located near the cylinder horizontal axis of symmetry. On the other hand, if the blowing slot is located at the cylinder symmetric vertical axis, the aerodynamic noise increases by approximately 4 dB. In this case, the average lift and drag fluctuations are increased by more than 200%. The present study gives a new idea to the reduction of noise of the single body systems.





A Choking Cavitation Method and Equipment for Degrading Pollutants in Wastewater


Pages :
245253


Authors :
Z. N. Wang,
R. Z. Gong,
H. Long,
H. Liu,
G. Cheng,
F. H. Zhang,
A cavitator, with a structure of an annular conical aperture, a throat and a collapse cavity, was proposed to form a choking cavitation flow for pollutants degradation in wastewater treatment. Experiment was conducted in this new cavitator to investigate its flow characteristics and pollutant degradation ratio by employing Mythylene blue (MB) as a pollutant in pure water. It was found that choking cavitation flow appears in the throat by controlling the pump pressure and liquid flow rate in a rule. The pollutant degradation ratio in choking cavitation flow is much larger than that in normal cavitation flow, because plenty of cavitation vapours are born, grow up, and finally collapse in this cavitator in the choking cavitation condition. Gemetrical parameters also affect pollutant degradation ratio, and the optimal gemetrical parameters for this proposed cavitator are suggested.





Effect of Gurney Flap Height and Mounting Position on the Performance of a Centrifugal Fan


Pages :
255269


Authors :
M. Suresh,
N. Sitaram,
The effect of Gurney flap height and mounting position on the head coefficient of a centrifugal fan at different Reynolds numbers is investigated experimentally. Quarter round Gurney flap of 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5 mm height is mounted at three different positions, S=1.00 (impeller tip), S=0.95 and S=0.90 on the pressure surface of the impeller blade tip. Performance tests are carried out on the centrifugal fan at five Reynolds numbers corresponding to five rotational speeds of 1100, 1500, 2000, 2500 and 2900 rpm respectively. From the performance curves it is found that the fan head coefficient increases significantly with Gurney flaps at low Reynolds numbers and increases marginally at high Reynolds numbers. Effect of Reynolds number on the head coefficient is considerable for the baseline fan and found to be negligible for the fan with Gurney flaps, for all combinations of Gurney flap mounting position and height. The head coefficient of the fan improves as Gurney flap height increases but the improvement is marginal after certain height of Gurney flap. The head coefficient of the fan deteriorates when Gurney flap is mounted away from the impeller blade tip.





Axial Flow Effect on the Stability of Circular Couette Flow


Pages :
271281


Authors :
H. Belkadi,
Y Laghouati,
V. Sobolik,
H. Oualli,
A. Bouabdallah,
We investigate the effect of an axial Poiseuille annular flow on the stability of Taylor vortices via numerical simulation using CFD Ansys Fluent software. The working conditions are identical to those of the TaylorCouette experimental device of the LaSIE laboratory, where the inner cylinder is rotated. An incompressible fluid of density ρ= 998 kg/m3, with a kinematic viscosity ν=1.004*〖10〗^(6)m2/s at a temperature T= 19.5 °C is considered. The geometrical parameters of the flow system are characterized by a height H=275 mm, a radius ratio η=0.804, and an axial aspect factor Γ=45.45. The axial Reynolds number and Taylor number are respectively in the ranges of 0≤R_(e_ax )≤12 , and 0≤Ta≤142.25. Flow control is carried out according to two distinct protocols to bring out the effect of axial flow on the evolution of the Taylor vortex Flow (TVF). The first consists of superimposing an azimuthal flow around the critical TVF threshold with increasing axial flow until the Taylor vortices disappear. In the second, an axial field is set and the Taylor number is varied until onset of the TVF mode. It is predicted that in the presence of an axial flow, the critical threshold for first instability triggering (TVF) is delayed. In addition, the ratio of the axial phase velocity to the mean axial velocity of the axial base flow is 1.16. This value agrees well with previous results reported in literature.





Drag Reduction Characteristics of Bionic Structure Composed of Grooves and Mucous Membrane Acting on Turbulent Boundary Layer


Pages :
283292


Authors :
K. Zhang,
C. Ma,
J. Zhang,
B. Zhang,
B. Zhao,
The biological surface structure comprising fish scales and a mucous membrane exhibits good turbulent drag reduction ability. Based on this structure, a bionic frictional drag reduction model composed of a grooved structure and mucous membrane was established herein, and its efficacy in reducing the resistance of a turbulent boundary layer was analyzed. Accordingly, the drag reduction performance of the bionic structure was investigated through large eddy simulations. The results revealed that the mucous membrane was evenly distributed on the groove wall through secretion, and effectively improved the drag reduction rate of the groove wall. The bionic grooves and mucous membrane structure successfully inhibited the turbulent kinetic energy, turbulence intensity, and Reynolds stress. The grooved structure improved the shape of the Λ vortex structure and the mucous membrane reduced the number of threedimensional (3D) vortex structures. Furthermore, the streak structure near the bionic structure wall was reduced and its shape was regularized, which intuitively demonstrates the turbulence suppression ability of the proposed bionic structure. This paper presents the results of a hydrodynamic analysis of the frictional drag reduction characteristics of a bionic structure consisting of grooves and viscous membranes acting on the turbulent boundary layer of a wall.





Experimental and Numerical Research on the Formation Conditions and Entrainment Characteristics of Supercavity by Rear Jet Reflux


Pages :
293309


Authors :
B. Liu,
M. Xiang,
X. Zhao,
W. Zhang,
J. Li,
Aiming at better controlling the ventilated supercavity flow for drag reduction, the experimental and numerical researches of supercavity by rear gas reflux are proposed in this paper. Several experiments with different test bodies have been carried out to study the formation and collapse conditions of jetreflux supercavity. An opencirculation water tunnel for ultrahighspeed jet experiment and air jet system is employed to form jetreflux supercavity around the bodies installed in the forward strut. The experiment results show that the supercavity can be maintained by the reflux of tail jet flow when an initial supercavity covering the jet outlet is formed. However, the supercavity will be destroyed when the jet intensity is further enhanced. Under the same jet coefficient, the scale of jetreflux supercavity extends as the increase of the body length, while the critical jet coefficient for the collapse of the supercavity decreases as the increase of the body length. The multiphase flow model coupling the VOF model and the levelset method is applied to capture the airwater interface. Then, the flow field characteristics of the jetreflux supercavity are analyzed and compared with the ventilated supercavity. The streamline inside the cavity presents considerable threedimensional asymmetry inflating flow characteristics. The variation of the gas reflux coefficient along the axial direction is obtained, which indicates that a handful of reflux gas are required to sustain the head cavity. Therefore, the jetreflux supercavity can be formed within a certain range of the tail jet intensity. Although jet intensities are not equal to each other, the scale of cavity head is roughly maintained under the same reflux coefficient. When the supercavity gets closed to the nozzle outlet, the maximum scale of cavity is decreased, which leads to a weaker reflux at the outlet. The cavity interface will be impinged by the highspeed gas and mixture liquid, which obviously causes deformation and final collapse. In order to improve the stability of the jetreflux supercavity, it is necessary to use the gas redirected structure to control the reflux.





