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Full 3D numerical analysis of a twin screw compressor by employing open-source software

Casari, N., Pinelli, M., Suman, A. , Kovacevic, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8732-2242, Rane, S. & Ziviani, D. (2018). Full 3D numerical analysis of a twin screw compressor by employing open-source software. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 425(1), article number 12017. doi: 10.1088/1757-899X/425/1/012017


The push for having more reliable and efficient positive displacement machines (both compressors and expanders) for vapor compression and power generation (e.g., ORCs) applications has moved researchers to an always more spread employment of computational fluid dynamics (CFD). In particular, twin screw compressors, because of their high efficiency compared to other compressor types, have received interest over the last years. The numerical analysis of such machines is challenging: the deforming working chambers are very difficult to be correctly replicated. The relative motion of the rotors and the variation of the gaps during machine operation are few of the major difficulties in implementing reliable CFD models. A custom mesh generation algorithm is therefore often required for sumulating the machine operation.

In this work, SCORG-V5.2.2 was used to generate the meshes of the deforming domain around rotating parts of the machines. The open-source software OpenFOAM-v1606+ is then employed to compute the flow field associated with the operation of the twin screw. The coupling of the two tools has been carried out in this work, applying the methodology to a twin screw machine.

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Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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