Effect of particle concentration on turbulent modulation inside hydrocyclone using coupled MPPIC-VOF method

Kumar, Mayank and Reddy, Rajesh and Banerjee, Raja and Mangadoddy, Narasimha (2021) Effect of particle concentration on turbulent modulation inside hydrocyclone using coupled MPPIC-VOF method. Separation and Purification Technology, 266 (118206). ISSN 13835866

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We discuss the implementation of a coupled Multi-phase particle in cell method (MPPIC) and Volume of Fluid (VOF) flow solver to simulate particles in a fluid flow field having a free surface. Using the solver developed using OpenFOAM 4.1 library, we study the flow of particles inside a highly anisotropic turbulent flow field of a hydrocyclone. The free surface from the air-core inside the hydrocyclone is resolved using the VOF method coupled with the LES turbulence model. We test multiple sub-grid scale model and find the dynamic k-equation model to have the best-predicting capability of the mean and turbulent flow field as well as the air-core shape. Using the established flow field, we study the particle flow properties and its effect on the fluid flow field using a four-way coupled description between MPPIC and VOF. Important flow properties such as the particle flow field velocity and turbulence modulation with varying particle concentration were studied. It was found that even with low solid concentration (0.3–1.5% by volume) there is a quite substantial increase in the fluctuating flow field (around 12%) and with a further increase (1.8%) we observe a decrease in the turbulent levels by approximately 6%.

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Banerjee, Rajahttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-7163-1470
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hydrocyclones, LESM, PPIC-VOF approach, Particle concentration,Turbulent modulation
Subjects: Physics > Mechanical and aerospace
Divisions: Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Depositing User: . LibTrainee 2021
Date Deposited: 28 May 2021 04:42
Last Modified: 28 May 2021 04:42
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/7855
Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.seppur.2020.118206
OA policy: https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/16964
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