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Modeling Turbulent Flow in Stirred Tanks with CFD: The Influence of the Modeling Approach, Turbulence Model and Numerical Scheme

Aubin, Joelle and Fletcher, David F. and Xuereb, Catherine Modeling Turbulent Flow in Stirred Tanks with CFD: The Influence of the Modeling Approach, Turbulence Model and Numerical Scheme. (2004) Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 2 (5). 431-445. ISSN 0894-1777

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.expthermflusci.2003.04.001


Single phase turbulent flow in a tank stirred by a down- and an up-pumping pitched blade turbine has been simulated using CFD. The effect of the modeling approach, discretization scheme and turbulence model on mean velocities, turbulent kinetic energy and global quantities, such as the power and circulation numbers, has been investigated. The results have been validated by LDV data. The stationary and time-dependent modeling approaches were found to have little effect on the turbulent flow, however the choice of the numerical scheme was found to be important, especially for the predicted turbulent kinetic energy. A first order method was found to highly underestimate LDV data compared with higher order methods. The type of the turbulence model was limited to the k-e and RNG models due to convergence difficulties encountered with a Reynolds Stress Model (RSM) and there was found to be little effect of these models on the mean flow and turbulent kinetic energy. This latter quantity was found to be largely under predicted in the discharge region of the down-pumping impeller in comparison with LDV data. Better agreement was found for the up-pumping pitched blade turbine. Estimated power numbers were found generally to be in good agreement for the down- and up-pumping data. However, the circulation number tended to be over predicted by about 30% and 40% for the down- and uppumping agitators, respectively.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Source : 5th international conference on Gas-Liquid and Gas-Liquid-Solid Reactor Engineering, Melbourne, Australia, 23-27 September 2001 Thanks to Elsevier editor. The definitive version is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science website : http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/505737/description#description
HAL Id:hal-03602388
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Other partners > University of Sydney (AUSTRALIA)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Laboratory name:
Laboratoire de Génie Chimique - LGC (Toulouse, France) - Réaction, mélange & séparation (RMS)
Deposited On:10 Feb 2009 14:39

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