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Numerical simulation of compressible cavitating two-phase flows with a pressure-based solver

Cristofaro, M., Edelbauer, W., Gavaises, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-0874-8534 & Koukouvinis, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-3945-3707 (2017). Numerical simulation of compressible cavitating two-phase flows with a pressure-based solver. Paper presented at the ILASS–Europe 2017, 28th Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems, 6-8 September 2017, Valencia, Spain. doi: 10.4995/ILASS2017.2017.4629


This work intends to study the effect of compressibility on throttle flow simulations with a pressure–based solver.The simple micro throttle geometry allows easier access for obtaining experimental data compared to a real injector, but still maintaining the main flow features. For this reasons it represents a meaningful and well reported benchmark for validation of numerical methods developed for cavitating injector flows.An implicit pressure–based compressible solver is used on the filtered Navier–Stokes equations. Thus, no stability limitation is applied on the time step. A common pressure field is computed for all phases, but different velocity fields are solved for each phase, following the multi–fluid approach. The liquid evaporation rate is evaluated with a Rayleigh–Plesset equation based cavitation model and the Coherent Structure Model is adopted as closure for the sub–grid scales in the momentum equation.The aim of this study is to show the capabilities of the pressure–based solver to deal with both vapor and liquid phases considered compressible. A comparison between experimental results and compressible simulations is presented. Time–averaged vapor distribution and velocity profiles are reported and discussed. The distribution of pressure maxima on the surface and the results from a semi–empirical erosion model are in good agreement with the erosion locations observed in the experiments. This test case aims to represent a benchmark for furtherapplication of the methodology to industrial relevant cases.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
Publisher Keywords: cavitation erosion; compressible pressure-based; multi-fluid LES
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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