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Analysis of oil-injected twin-screw compressor with multiphase flow models

Basha, N., Kovacevic, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8732-2242 & Rane, S (2019). Analysis of oil-injected twin-screw compressor with multiphase flow models. Designs, 3(4), article number 54. doi: 10.3390/designs3040054


Growing demands for energy are motivating researchers to conduct in-depth analysis of positive displacement machines such as oil-injected screw compressors which are frequently used in industrial applications like refrigeration, oil and gas and air compression. The performance of these machines is strongly dependent on the oil injection. Optimisation of oil has a great energy saving potential by both increasing efficiency and reducing other impacts on the environment. Therefore, a three-dimensional, transient computational fluid dynamics study of oil injection in a twin-screw compressor is conducted in this research. This study explores pseudo single-fluid multiphase (SFM) models of VOF (Volume of Fluid) and a mixture for their capability to predict the performance of the oil-injected twin screw compressor and compare this with the experimental values. SCORG™ (Screw Compressor Rotor Grid Generator) is used to generate numerical grids for unstructured solver Fluent with the special interface developed to facilitate user defined nodal displacement (UDND). The performance predictions with both VOF and mixture models provide accurate values for power consumption and flow rates with low deviation between computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and the experiment at 6000 RPM and 7.0 bar discharge pressure. In addition, the study reflects on differences in predicting oil distribution with VOF, mixture and Eulerian-Eulerian two-fluid models. Overall, this study provides an insight into multiphase flow-modelling techniques available for oil-injected twin-screw compressors comprehensively accounting for the details of oil distribution in the compression chamber and integral compressor performance.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
Publisher Keywords: oil-injected compressor; Fluent; VOF; mixture; user defined nodal displacement
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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