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Methodology to analyse three dimensional droplet dispersion applicable to Icing Wind Tunnels

By Sebastiano Sorato


This dissertation presents a methodology to simulate the dispersion of water droplets in the air flow typical of an Icing Tunnel. It is based on the understanding the physical parameters that influence the uniformity and the distribution of cloud of droplets in the airflow and to connect them with analytical parameters which may be used to describe the dispersion process. Specifically it investigates the main geometrical and physical parameters contributing to the droplets dispersion at different tunnel operative conditions, finding a consistent numerical approach to reproduce the local droplets dynamic, quantifying the possible limits of commercial CFD methods, pulling out the empirical parameters/constant needing to simulate properly the local conditions and validating the results with calibrated experiment. An overview of the turbulence and multiphase flow theories, considered relevant to the Icing Tunnel environment, is presented as well as basic concepts and terminology of particle dispersion. Taylor’s theory of particle dispersion has been taken as starting point to explain further historical development of discrete phase dispersion. Common methods incorporated in commercial CFD software are explained and relative shortcomings underlined. The local aerodynamic condition within tunnel, which are required to perform the calculation with the Lagrangian particle equation of motions, are generated numerically using different turbulent models and are compared to the historical K-ε model. Verification of the calculation is performed with grid independency studies. Stochastic Separated Flow methods are applied to compute the particle trajectories. The Discrete Random Walk, as described in the literature, has been used to perform particle dispersion analysis. Numerical settings in the code are related to the characteristics of the local turbulent condition such as turbulence intensity and length scales. Cont/d

Topics: Lagrangian dispersion, Icing Tunnel, CFD, Discrete phase, Stochastic models
Publisher: Cranfield University
Year: 2009
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Provided by: Cranfield CERES

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