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A Compressible Σ-Υ Two-Fluid Atomization Model with Dynamic Interface Sharpening based on Flow Topology Detection

Nykteri, G., Koukouvinis, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-3945-3707 & Gavaises, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-0874-8534 (2018). A Compressible Σ-Υ Two-Fluid Atomization Model with Dynamic Interface Sharpening based on Flow Topology Detection. In: 14th International Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems, 22 - 26 July 2018, Chicago, Illinois.


Liquid fuel atomization is characterized by multi-scale flow features and the coexistence of different flow regimes which complicate the simulation of an atomizing spray under realistic operating conditions. The present work introduces an atomization model dealing with such multi-scale complexities. The proposed model is com-pressible, so it can capture the density variations that affect spray penetration and atomization mechanisms. It is developed within a multi-phase Eulerian-Eulerian framework that considers slip velocity effects between the phases and introduces an additional transport equation for the surface area (Σ); the latter aims to model the unre-solved sub-grid scale surface area variation. Moreover, a flow topology detection algorithm is applied in the flow field aiming to distinguish between different flow regimes; finally, the numerical algorithm applies appropriate closure relations for the interfacial source terms of the two-fluid model. The interfacial structures are also treated differently depending on the flow topology; a VOF method is applied in dense spray regions for resolving the interface fully and a non-sharp interface model is imposed in dilute spray regions, where sub-grid scale models are implemented for the modelling of relevant phenomena. The efficient coupling between the two-fluid model and the VOF method is examined via a standard interface capturing validation case of a rising bubble in a stagnant liquid. For the validation of the dynamic switching between different model formulations based on local topology and the numerical stability under the coexistence of various flow regimes, a Rayleigh-Taylor instability case is simulated and tested with the proposed model.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Publisher Keywords: two-fluid model, Eulerian-Eulerian framework, interface sharpening, flow topology, atomization, OpenFOAM®
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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