Study of isothermal vertical bubbly flow using direct quadrature method of moments

Deju, L, Cheung, S, Yeoh, G and Tu, J 2012, 'Study of isothermal vertical bubbly flow using direct quadrature method of moments', The Journal of Computational Multiphase Flows, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 23-40.


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Title Study of isothermal vertical bubbly flow using direct quadrature method of moments
Author(s) Deju, L
Cheung, S
Yeoh, G
Tu, J
Year 2012
Journal name The Journal of Computational Multiphase Flows
Volume number 4
Issue number 1
Start page 23
End page 40
Total pages 18
Publisher Multi-Science Publishing Co. Ltd
Abstract In the numerical study, investigation of bubbly flow requires deep understanding of complex hydrodynamics under various flow conditions. In order to simulate the bubble behaviour in conjunction with suitable bubble coalescence and bubble breakage kernels, direct quadrature method of moments (DQMOM) has been applied and validated instead. To examine the predictive results from DQMOM model, the validation has been carried out against experimental data of Lucas et al. (2005) and Prasser et al. (2007) measured in the Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf FZD facility. Numerical results showed good agreement against experimental data for the local and axial void fraction, bubble size distribution and interfacial area concentration profiles. Encouraging results demonstrates the prospect of the DQMOM two-fluid model against flow conditions with wider range of bubble sizes and rigorous bubble interactions. Moreover, moment sensitivity study also has been carried out to carefully assess the performance of the model. In order to perform the moment sensitivity test three different moment criteria has chosen - as 4 moments, 6 moments and 8 moments. Close agreement between the predictions and measurement was found and it appeared that increasing the number of moments does not have much significance to improve the conformity with experimental data. Nonetheless, increasing the number of moments merely contribute to perform the calculation expensive in terms of computational resource and time. Based on the present study, this preliminary assessment has definitely served to demonstrate and exploit DQMOM model's capabilities to handle wider range of bubble sizes as well as moment resolution required to achieve moment independent solution
Subject Computational Fluid Dynamics
Keyword(s) bubbly flow
CFD
DQMOM
Population balance
DOI - identifier 10.1260/1757-482X.4.1.23
Copyright notice © 2012 Multi-Science Publishing
ISSN 1757-482X
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