Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Large eddy simulation of dispersed multiphase flow
by Gong, Yejun, Ph.D., Michigan Technological University, 2012, 171; 3509743
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis covers two main topics. The first is the comparison between the Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) simulation and the Large Eddy Simulation (LES) of high injection pressure diesel sprays under non-evaporating or evaporating conditions. The second topic is the comparison of the fuel behavior in the spray process between the hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and the conventional EN 590, diesel #2 and n-heptane fuels.

To validate the RANS and LES spray simulations, comparisons were made with experimental data. The LES turbulence model, the initial drop size distribution (IDSD), the Levich jet breakup model and the CAB drop breakup model are realized into the OpenFOAM code. The liquid phase models, including the drop atomization, breakup, collision and evaporating models, are tested and tuned such that the penetration curve of the simulation results are near to the experimental results. The spray penetration, fuel velocity, turbulent kinetic energy, turbulent viscosity, vorticity and drop size distribution are investigated and compared for the different computation cases.

In addition, the HVO fuel and EN 590 fuel are added in to the OpenFOAM fuel libraries. The physical properties of the four investigated fuels are compared and their influence on the performance of the fuels in the spray simulations are investigated.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tanner, Franz X.
Commitee: Feigl, Kathleen A., Kolkka, Robert W., Yang, Song Lin
School: Michigan Technological University
Department: Mathematical Sciences
School Location: United States -- Michigan
Source: DAI-B 73/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Applied Mathematics, Mechanical engineering
Keywords: Computational fluid dynamics, Dispersed multiphase flow, Hydrotreated vegetable fuel, Large eddy simulation, Reynolds-averaged navier-stokes method, Spray
Publication Number: 3509743
ISBN: 978-1-267-36525-5
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