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Analysis of swirling flow in hydrocyclones operating under dense regime

Davailles, Aurélien and Climent, Éric and Bourgeois, Florent and Majumder, Arun Kumar Analysis of swirling flow in hydrocyclones operating under dense regime. (2012) Minerals Engineering, 31. 32-41. ISSN 0892-6875

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/J.MINENG.2012.01.012


There are many circumstances where hydrocyclone performance and dense flow are intertwined, such as for example when feed solids flow exceeds hydrocyclone capacity during continuous operations. The work reported here, which is part of an ongoing research effort to develop a robust CFD model for prediction of hydrocyclone performance, focuses on hydrocyclone operation under high solids concentration. The paper presents the basic physics framework that accounts for solid–liquid and solid–solid interactions under hydrocyclone’s swirling flow. Operating conditions that are past the transition from spray to rope regime are deliberately chosen for this purpose. Model predictions are validated by comparison with solids split and separation curves measured on a 100 mm diameter hydrocyclone. CFD model predictions permit taking an insightful look at the inside of a hydrocyclone under extreme operating conditions, which would be difficult to achieve experimentally. Velocity profiles, G-force distribution and distribution of solids predicted by CFD are bound to lead to a better understanding of the separation that takes place inside a hydrocyclone, which may eventually help improve hydrocyclone design and performance.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The definitive version is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com The original PDF of the article can be found at : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0892687512000283
HAL Id:hal-00743581
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse - INSA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Indian Institute of Technology - Kharagpur (INDIA)
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Deposited On:19 Oct 2012 12:49

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