Computational fluid dynamics of vortex flow controls at low flow rates
Proceedings of the ICE: Engineering and Computational Mechanics
Thomas Telford (ICE Publishing)
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A vortex flow control with differing outlet shapes is investigated computationally at low flow rates. The volume of fluid method was utilised to track the moving free surface. In order to achieve a smooth free surface, interface compression coupled with the inter-gamma compressive scheme was used. The turbulent evolution of the two-phase flow was modelled by solving the Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes equations with the k-ε model for turbulent quantities. Validation of the results was carried out by analysing the total head and discharge coefficient for the three outlet shapes at various flow rates and comparing these results with experimental data. Very good agreement with the experimental data was obtained.
Vol. 166, No. 4, pp. 211 - 221