Modelling of strongly swirling flows in a complex geometry using unstructured meshes

Junye Wang (Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)
Geoffrey H. Priestman (Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
John R. Tippetts (Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)

International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow

ISSN: 0961-5539

Publication date: 1 December 2006

Abstract

Purpose

Seeks to examine the performance of conventional turbulence models modelling strongly swirling flows within a Symmetrical Turn up Vortex Amplifier, with adjustment of the turbulence model constants to improve agreement with experimental data.

Design/methodology/approach

First, the standard kε model and the Reynolds Stress Model (RSM) were used with standard values of model constants, using both the first order upwind and the quadratic upstream interpolation for convective kinetics (QUICK) schemes. Then, the swirling effect was corrected by adjusting the model coefficients.

Findings

The standard RSM with the QUICK did produce better predictions but still significantly overestimated the experimental data. Much improved simulation was obtained with the systematic adjustment of the model constants in the standard kε model using the QUICK. The physical significance of the model constants accounted for changes of the eddy viscosity, and the production and destruction of k and ε.

Research limitations/implications

More industrial cases could benefit from this simple and useful approach.

Originality/value

The constant adjustment is regular and directed, based on the eddy viscosity and the production and destruction of k and ε. The regularity of the effect of the model constants on the solutions makes it easier to quickly adjust them for other industrial applications.

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Citation

Junye Wang, Geoffrey H. Priestman and John R. Tippetts (2006) "Modelling of strongly swirling flows in a complex geometry using unstructured meshes", International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, Vol. 16 No. 8, pp. 910-926

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DOI

: https://doi.org/10.1108/09615530610702069

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2006, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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