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Conference Proceeding


7th International Conference on Multiphase Flow, ICMF 2010

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Tampa, FL


Kinetic Equations containing terms for spatial transport, gravity, fluid drag and particle-particle collisions can be used to model dilute gas-particle flows. However, the enormity of independent variables makes direct numerical simulation of these equations almost impossible for practical problems. A viable alternative is to reformulate the problem in terms of moments of the velocity distribution function. A quadrature method of moments (QMOM) was derived by Desjardins et al. [1] for approximating solutions to the kinetic equation for arbitrary Knudsen number. Fox [2, 13] derived a third-order QMOMfor dilute particle flows, including the effect of the fluid drag on the particles. Passalacqua et al. [4] and Garg et al. [3] coupled an incompressible finite-volume solver for the fluid-phase and a third order QMOM solver for particle-phase on Cartesian grids. In the current work a compressible finite-volume fluid solver is coupled with a particle-phase solver based on third-order QMOM on unstructured grids. The fluid and particle-phase are fully coupled by accounting for the volume displacement effects induced by the presence of the particles and the momentum exchange between the phases. The success of QMOM is based on the moment inversion algorithm that allows quadrature weights and abscissas to be computed from the moments of the distribution function. The moment-inversion algorithm does not work if the moments are non-realizable, which might lead to negative weights. Desjardins et al. [1] showed that realizability is guaranteed only with the 1st-order finite-volume scheme that has excessive numerical diffusion. The authors [5, 6] have derived high-order finite-volume schemes that guarantee realizability for QMOM. These high-order realizable schemes are used in this work for the particle-phase solver. Results are presented for a dilute gas-particle flow in a lid-driven cavity with both Stokes and Knudsen numbers equal to 1. For this choice of Knudsen and Stokes numbers, particle trajectory crossing occurs which is captured by QMOM particle-phase solver.


This article is from 7th International Conference on Multiphase Flow, ICMF 2010, Tampa, FL, May 30 – June 4, 2010, p.1-8.




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