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CFD simulation of polydispersed bubbly two phase flow around an obstacle


Journal title : Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations
Volume : 2009
Issue : ID 320738
Pagination : 22 p.
Publication date : 01/01/2009

Summary

This paper concerns the model of a polydispersed bubble population in the frame of an ensemble averaged two-phase flow formulation. The ability of the moment density approach to represent bubble population size distribution within a multi-dimensional CFD code based on the two-fluid model is studied. Two different methods describing the polydispersion are presented: (i) a moment density method, developed at IRSN, to model the bubble size distribution function and (ii) a population balance method considering several different velocity fields of the gaseous phase. The first method is implemented in the NEPTUNE_CFD code whereas the second method is implemented in the CFD code ANSYS/CFX. Both methods consider coalescence and break-up phenomena and momentum inter-phase transfers related to drag and lift forces. Air-water bubbly flows in a vertical pipe with obstacle of the TOPFLOW experiments series performed at FZD are then used as simulations test cases. The numerical results, obtained with NEPTUNE_CFD and with ANSYS/CFX, allow attesting the validity of the approaches. Perspectives concerning the improvement of the models, their validation, as well as the extension of their applicability range are discussed.

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