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Unsteady RANS and Detached Eddy Simulation of the Multiphase Flow in a Co-Current Spray Drying

Jolius, Gimbun and Noor Intan Shafinas, Muhammad and Law, Woon Phui (2015) Unsteady RANS and Detached Eddy Simulation of the Multiphase Flow in a Co-Current Spray Drying. Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering, 23 (9). 1421 - 1428. ISSN 1004-9541

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A detached eddy simulation (DES) and a k-ε-based Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes (RANS) calculation on the co-current spray drying chamber is presented. The {DES} used here is based on the Spalart–Allmaras (SA) turbulence model, whereas the standard k-ε (SKE) was considered here for comparison purposes. Predictions of the mean axial velocity, temperature and humidity profile have been evaluated and compared with experimental measurements. The effects of the turbulence model on the predictions of the mean axial velocity, temperature and the humidity profile are most noticeable in the (highly anisotropic) spraying region. The findings suggest that {DES} provide a more accurate prediction (with error less than 5) of the flow field in a spray drying chamber compared with RANS-based k-ε models. The {DES} simulation also confirmed the presence of anisotropic turbulent flow in the spray dryer from the analysis of the velocity component fluctuations and turbulent structure as illustrated by the Q-criterion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Drying; Turbulence; Two-phase flow; CFD; Detached eddy simulation; Modelling strategy
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Faculty/Division: Centre of Excellence: Centre of Excellence for Advanced Research in Fluid Flow
Faculty of Chemical & Natural Resources Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Institute of Postgraduate Studies
Depositing User: Noorul Farina Arifin
Date Deposited: 26 May 2016 02:02
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2019 08:10
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