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Kareem Akhtar

Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State

University in partial fulllment of the requirements for the degree of

Master of Science

in

Engineering Science and Mechanics

Saad A. Ragab, Chairman

Muhammad R. Hajj

Mark Cramer

July 26, 2010

Blacksburg, Virginia

Keywords:(conned jets, bubbly mixing layers)

Numerical Investigation using RANS Equations of Two-dimensional Turbulent Jets

and Bubbly Mixing Layers

Kareem Akhtar

Abstract

This thesis presents numerical investigations of two-dimensional single-phase turbulent

jets and bubbly mixing layers using Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations.

The behavior of a turbulent jet conned in a channel depends on the Reynolds number

and geometry of the channel which is given by the expansion ratio (channel width to jet

thickness) and oset ratio (eccentricity of the jet entrance). Steady solutions to the RANS

equations for a two-dimensional turbulent jet injected in the middle of a channel have been

obtained. When no entrainment from the channel base is allowed, the ow is asymmetric

for a wide range of expansion ratio at high Reynolds number. The jet attaches to one of

the channel side walls. The attachment length increases linearly with the channel width for

xed value of Reynolds number. The attachment length is also found to be independent of

the (turbulent) jet Reynolds number for xed expansion ratio. By simulating half of the

channel and imposing symmetry, we can construct a steady symmetric solution to the RANS

equations. This implies that there are possibly two solutions to the steady RANS equations,

one is symmetric but unstable, and the other solution is asymmetric (the jet attaches to one

of the side walls) but stable. A symmetric solution is also obtained if entrainment from jet

exit plane is permitted. Fearn et al. (Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol. 121, 1990) studied the

laminar problem, and showed that the ow asymmetry of a symmetric expansion arises at

a symmetry-breaking bifurcation as the jet Reynolds number is increased from zero. In the

present study the Reynolds number is high and the jet is turbulent. Therefore, a symmetry-

breaking bifurcation parameter might be the level of entrainment or expansion ratio.

The two-dimensional turbulent bubbly mixing layer, which is a multiphase problem, is

investigated using RANS based models. Available experimental data show that the spreading

rate of turbulent bubbly mixing layers is greater than that of the corresponding single phase

ow. The presence of bubbles also increases the turbulence level. The global structure of the

ow proved to be sensitive to the void fraction. The present RANS simulations predict this

behavior, but dierent turbulence models give dierent spreading rates. There is a signicant

dierence in turbulence kinetic energy between numerical predictions and experimental data.

The models tested include k , shear-stress transport (SST), and Reynolds stress transport

(SSG) models. All tested turbulence models under predict the spreading rate of the bubbly

mixing layer, even though they accurately predict the spreading rate for single phase ow.

The best predictions are obtained by using SST model.

iii

Dedication

Dedicated to my Parents.

iv

Acknowledgments

First of all, I would like to thank my parents for their support and prayers which they made

for my success. I would like to express the deepest appreciation to my friend and academic

adviser Dr. Ragab, whose kind guidancemade me only possible to accomplish this work.

Without his guidance and persistent help this thesis would not have been possible. He was

always there at his oce even on weekends to answer my questions and review my work. I

simply have no words to explain his help and support. I would also like to thank Dr. Salem

Said who helped me how to use ANSYS and CFX. I would also like to thank Dr. Imran

Akhtar for his generous help. I would then like to thank Tim Tomlin. Tim spent hours and

hours with me to show how to use lcc system. I am also very thankful to Dr. Hajj for his

kindness and support during my studies. I am also grateful to Dr. Cramer for his input and

taking the time out of their busy schedule to review my work. I would also like to thank to

my close friends for all their support.

v

Contents

Abstract ii

Dedication iv

Acknowledgments v

Contents vi

List of Figures ix

List of Tables xii

1 Two-Dimensional Turbulent Jets in a Symmetrical Channel 1

1.1 Introduction: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

1.2 Governing Equations: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

1.3 Channel Geometry: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

1.4 Boundary Conditions and Mesh Details: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

1.5 Eects of Expansion Ratio on the Turbulent Jet: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

1.6 Eects of Channel Length: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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1.7 Eects of Entrainment: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

1.8 Eect of Numerical Treatment of the Outlet Boundary Condition: . . . . . . 23

1.9 Eects of Reynolds Number: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

1.10 Conclusions: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

2 Numerical Simulations of Turbulent Bubbly Mixing Layers 31

2.1 Introduction: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

2.2 Governing Equations: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

2.3 Mixing Layer Geometric Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

2.4 Boundary Conditions and Grid Description: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

2.5 Numerical Simulations Parameters: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

2.6 Liquid (Water) Supercial Velocity Proles: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

2.7 Mixing Layer Growth Rate: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

2.8 Gas Supercial Velocity Proles: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

2.9 Void Fraction: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

2.10 Fine Grid Simulations: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

2.11 Comparison Between Dierent Turbulence Models: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

2.12 Comparison with Experimental Data: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

2.13 Conclusions: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

3 A Numerical Study of Gas Hold Up in a Water Tank Supplied by a Dual

Jet of Air and Water 62

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3.1 Geometric Details: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

3.2 Grid Generation and Geometric Details: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

3.3 Numerical Simulations: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

3.4 Results: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

3.5 Comparison and Conclusion: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

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List of Figures

1.1 Two-dimensional computational domain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

1.2 Two-dimension grid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

1.3 Boundary conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

1.4 (a) Velocity contours (b) Streamlines, W=75mm, Re=30000 . . . . . . . . . . 13

1.5 Velocity contours for dierent width (W) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

1.6 Streamlines for dierent width (W) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

1.7 Attachment length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

1.8 Attachment length as function of expansion ratio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

1.9 Non-dimensional attachment length vs channel width . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

1.10 Velocity contours for dierent channel length, W=110mm,Re=30000 . . . . . 20

1.11 Velocity streamlines for dierent channel length, W=110mm,Re=30000 . . . 20

1.12 Attachment length vs channel length with xed width, W=110mm, Re=30000 21

1.13 Vertical velocity at section y=80mm for dierent channels with dierent lengths 21

1.14 Velocity contours and streamlines for dierent channel length, width=110mm 22

1.15 Special domain (a) boundary conditions (b) velocity contours . . . . . . . . . 24

1.16 Special domain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

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1.17 Velocity contours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

1.18 Velocity contours for dierent Reynolds numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

1.19 Attachment length vs Reynolds number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

2.1 Mixing layer geometry and boundary conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

2.2 (a)coarse grid (b)coarse grid (c) coarse grid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

2.3 (a)ne grid (b) trailing edge of splitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

2.4 Velocity contours for single phase ow run 2-1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

2.5 Water supercial velocity for run 2-2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

2.6 Water supercial velocity for run 2-4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

2.7 Water velocity proles for single phase run 2-1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

2.8 Water supercial velocity proles for run 2-2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

2.9 Water supercial velocity proles for run 2-4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

2.10 Mixing layer thickness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

2.11 Mean velocity prole for single phase run 2-1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

2.12 Mean water supercial velocity for two-phase run 2-2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

2.13 Mean water supercial velocity for two-phase ow run 2-4 . . . . . . . . . . . 50

2.14 Mean supercial air velocity proles for run 2-4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

2.15 Mean supercial air velocity proles for run 2-2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

2.16 Void fraction run 2-4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

2.17 Mean velocity in the liquid phase run 2-4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

2.18 Mean velocity in the liquid phase run 2-2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

2.19 Liquid supercial velocity proles for dierent turbulence models . . . . . . . 55

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2.20 Comparison with the experiments for single phase ow . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

2.21 Comparison with the experiments two-phase run 2-4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

2.22 Comparison with the experiments two-phase run 2-2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

2.23 Turbulent energy comparison with experimental data for run 2-4 . . . . . . . 58

3.1 Geometry details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

3.2 Boundary conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

3.3 Two-dimensional grid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

3.4 Air volume fraction contours for case 1: air jet below water jet . . . . . . . . 68

3.5 Air volume fraction contours for case 2: air jet above water jet . . . . . . . . 69

3.6 Air volume (%) in water tank for air jet below water jet . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

3.7 Air volume (%) in water tank for air jet above water jet . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

3.8 Water volume (%) in air tank for air jet below water jet . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

3.9 Water volume (%) in air tank for air jet above water jet . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

3.10 Air volume fraction comparison between case1 and case2 . . . . . . . . . . . 73

3.11 Water volume fraction comparison between case1 and case2 . . . . . . . . . . 73

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List of Tables

2.1 Fine and coarse grid details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

2.2 Inlet conditions for dierent runs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

2.3 Numerical and experimental vlaues for

L

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

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Chapter 1

Two-Dimensional Turbulent Jets in

a Symmetrical Channel

This chapter presents a numerical study of the behavior of a two-dimensional turbulent jet

issuing from a slit in a wall and owing midway between two parallel plates. The ow

geometry may also be considered to be a sudden expansion of a symmetric channel where the

expansion ratio is very high. Even though the boundary conditions support the possibility of

a ow that is symmetric about the channel mid-plane, experimental studies show asymmetric

ow; except at a very low Reynolds number (laminar ow) where the ow may be symmetric.

The behavior of the conned turbulent jet depends on the Reynolds number and geometry

of the channel given by expansion ratio (channel width to jet thickness) and oset ratio

(eccentricity of the jet entrance).

A numerical study is conducted to determine the eects of the expansion ratio (ratio of

channel width to jet thickness) on the jet behavior. The jet simulations are performed using

1

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ANSYS Fluent-6. For a wide range of expansion ratio and high Reynolds number (turbu-

lent ow) the channel ow is asymmetrical and the jet attaches to one of the side walls. In

our numerical simulations we studied the behavior of a turbulent jet at Reynolds number

(Re=30000) for dierent values of expansion ratio. The attachment length increases linearly

with expansion ratio. The eects of the channel length and inow/outow boundary condi-

tions on this phenomenon are investigated. The channel length has no eect provided that it

is greater than the expected attachment length. The study also shows that the asymmetric

ow phenomenon is independent of the numerical treatment of the outow boundary con-

dition, but dependent on the inow condition. Numerical simulations show that the ow is

symmetrical only when entrainment is allowed at the inow boundary.

1.1 Introduction:

Jets have numerous applications such as environmental discharges, burners, injectors, mixing

and otation cells, automobiles etc. Conned jets exhibit a wide range of ow features

such as oscillations in a symmetric channel, asymmetric ow under symmetric conditions,

deection towards the boundary, attachment with the solid boundary and change of ow

pattern under entrainment condition. All these features are important and can aect device

eciency and performance. Conned laminar jet at low Reynolds number and moderate

expansion ratio (duct width/jet width) is studied and well documented by Sarma et al.

(2000). Conned symmetric and oset jet was studied numerically by Ouwa et al. (1986)

but for xed expansion ratio and Reynolds number from 400 to 8000. Experimental and

numerical studies show that the symmetrical conned jet behavior depends on Reynolds

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number as well as on expansion ratio. The eects of Reynolds number on conned symmetric

jet is studied by many authors, mostly laminar ow, no signicant study is available on the

eects of expansion ratio on turbulent jet. The purpose of the present study is to investigate

the behavior of symmetrically conned turbulent jet under dierent expansion ratios at high

Reynolds numbers.

Due to its fundamental nature of the problem and its applications, jet ow is studied

from time to time. New features and properties are explored each time. Dierent aspects

of laminar and turbulent, free and conned jets with dierent geometric conditions (oset

ratios), have been studied. Sato (1960) studied the stability and transition of a two dimen-

sional jet. He deduced that, the oscillations in two-dimensional jet observed in the vicinity

of shear layer are caused by small velocity uctuations, originated near the nozzle exit plan.

Fully developed nozzle velocity proles led to anti-symmetric shedding, whereas undeveloped

proles to symmetric shedding. However, he was unable to nd the critical Reynolds number

for anti-symmetric ow. Sato and Sakao (1964) were able to distinguish the ow on the basis

of Reynolds number by investigating experimentally the stability of a two-dimensional jet

ow at low Reynolds number. They found that the whole jet is laminar if the jet Reynolds

number (based on the slit width and the maximum velocity of the jet) is less than 10. There

are some periodic uctuations when Reynolds number is between 10 and 50. When Reynolds

number is greater than 50 they found that the periodic uctuations develop into irregular

periodic uctuations.

Durst et al. (1974) and Cherdron et al. (1978) demonstrated that symmetric ows can

exist in two-dimensional (plane) symmetric sudden expansion ducts for only a limited range

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of Reynolds numbers. At higher Reynolds numbers, the small disturbances generated at

the lip of the sudden expansion are amplied in the shear layers formed between the main

ow and the recirculation ow in the corners. The result is a shedding of eddy-like patterns

which alternate from one side to the other with consequent asymmetry of the mean ow,

particularly of the sizes of the two regions of re-circulations. The anti-symmetric shedding

causes asymmetric mean ow patterns.

Mitsunaga and Hirose (1979) studied ow patterns in a rectangular channel. They found

that the critical Reynolds number ranges from 40 to 60 for transition from symmetric to

asymmetric ow. Ouwa et al. (1981) also studied two-dimensional water jet ow in a rectan-

gular channel and found that the critical Reynolds number (based on nozzle width) is of the

order of 30. The asymmetric ow remains steady up to Reynolds number of the order 60. The

main ow becomes unsteady for Reynolds number higher than of 60. The two experiments

by Mitsunaga et al. and Ouwa et al. have dierent oset ratio.

Sobey (1985) investigated steady and oscillatory ow through a two-dimensional channel

expansion. He reported vortex wave (due to shear layer instability) during steady ow past

a moving indentation in a channel. Ouwa et al. (1986) studied the characteristics of conned

symmetric, asymmetric and wall jets at low Reynolds number in a rectangular channel. They

found that, the transition from laminar to turbulent ow occurs when AR cRe

m

, regardless

of the conguration of jet, where AR is the aspect ratio (height/length); c and m are empirical

constants.

Fearn et al. (1990) studied the asymmetric ow in a symmetric channel using bifurcation

theory and numerical simulations. They found numerically that the asymmetry rises at the

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critical Reynolds number R

c

> 400.17%, and a third recirculation region with the wall was

observed at Reynolds number 125. Mataoui and Schiestel (2009) also found the oscillation

of jet ow inside a channel cavity (one end closed) both experimentally and numerically.

Steady ow (non-oscillatory ow) was found at high value of aspect ratio (height/length),

however oscillatory ow (periodic oscillation) was found for several geometric and dynamical

parameters. They found that the jet apping frequency increases linearly with Reynolds

number and decreases a lot with height of the cavity.

Along with experimental studies, numerical studies were also carried out from time to

time, under dierent geometric and boundary conditions. Ouwa et al. (1986) numerically

simulated two-dimensional plane jet in conned symmetric and asymmetric channel by means

of successive over-relaxation upwind schemes. Both symmetric and asymmetric ow patterns

were obtained for symmetric channel with critical Reynolds number Re

c

= 30. Dierent

ow patterns were reported for asymmetric channel with Reynolds number from 100 to 4000.

Umeda et al. (1990) simulated under-expanded slab jets by solving two-dimensional Eulerian

equations using second order-accurate explicit Osher scheme, with high aspect ratio i.e. 8 and

with a pressure ratio of the jet 4.48. They found that two- dimensional slab jet is symmetric

when symmetric boundary condition is applied. The asymmetric self sustained oscillations

occur when the asymmetric boundary condition is applied. The oscillations continue even if

the asymmetric boundary condition is replaced by symmetric boundary condition.

Gu (1996) simulated two-dimensional turbulent oset jets by solving two-dimensional

unsteady Navier-stokes equations for velocity components along with k turbulence model.

The two-dimensional model predicted that attachment of non-buoyant oset jet with oset

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ratio 25 to a boundary did not occur in a case of symmetric geometry and external forces

about the initial jet centerline. The symmetric ow becomes stable if the discharge is located

at a suciently large distance from boundaries and if no disturbance is introduced.

Sarma et al. (2000) simulated laminar jet ow in a conned channel. They found that at

low expansion ratio (channel width/jet width) and Reynolds number the jet is symmetric, but

for higher expansion ratio and Reynolds number the jet ow at steady state becomes asym-

metric. For still higher values it becomes oscillatory with respect to time. When entrainment

is introduced the asymmetric instabilities and temporal oscillations occur at higher critical

Reynolds number for given expansion ratio. For xed expansion ratio when Reynolds num-

ber is increased the ow development rst becomes asymmetric and for still higher Reynolds

number it develops temporal oscillations.

Deniskhina et al. (2005) simulated plan turbulent jet ow into a rectangular cavity i.e.

with one end closed (dead end). The calculations were performed for two ow modes of which

the rst one is statistically steady and second is self-oscillatory. Three dierent approaches

were used for numerical simulations i.e. large eddy simulations (LES) with subgrid model of

Smagorinsky and steady and unsteady Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes equations (SRANS

and URANDS). For the rst ow mode all the three approaches gave close results, but for

second ow mode (self- oscillatory) best results were obtained by LES and three dimensional

URANS.

Kana and Das (2005) simulated two-dimensional incompressible non-buoyant oset jet by

stream functions and vorticity formulation considering the problem as asymptotic solution to

the transient equation. They studied the behavior of the jet with respect to oset ratio and

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Reynolds number. It was found that the reattachment length depends on Reynolds number

and oset ratio. Reattachment length increases with the increase of Reynolds number for

xed oset ratio. Also at high oset ratio the decay of the horizontal velocity component

depends on Reynolds number only.

1.2 Governing Equations:

The Reynolds-averaged continuity and momentum equations (RANS equations) are given by

U = 0 (1.1)

U

t

+ (U U) = { u

} (1.2)

where the instantaneous velocity is decomposed into mean and uctuating components,

u = U +u

(1.3)

and

U =

1

t

_

t+t

t

udt (1.4)

=Density, u=velocity vector, U =average velocity,u

Term u

uses the gradient diusion hypothesis to relate the Reynolds stresses to the mean velocity

gradients and the turbulent viscosity. The turbulent viscosity is modeled as the product of a

turbulent velocity and turbulent length scale. The turbulence velocity scale is computed from

the turbulent kinetic energy, which is provided from the solution of its transport equation.

The turbulent length scale is estimated from two properties of the turbulence eld, usually

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the turbulent kinetic energy and its dissipation rate. The dissipation rate of the turbulent

kinetic energy is provided from the solution of its transport equation. The k model

introduces two new variables into the system of equations. The continuity equation remain

the same, and momentum equation becomes,

U

t

+ (U U) = p +

_

eff

_

U +U

T

__

(1.5)

eff

is the eective viscosity accounting for turbulence, and is given by

eff

= +

t

(1.6)

p is the modied pressure and is given by dened by

p = p +

2

3

k +

2

3

t

U (1.7)

where

t

is the turbulent viscosity. For k model, turbulent viscosity is given by

t

= C

k

2

(1.8)

C

is a constant with value 0.09. k is the turbulent kinetic energy and is dened as the

variance of the uctuations in velocity. is the turbulence eddy dissipation (rate at which

turbulence kinetic energy is dissipated). The values of k and come directly from the dif-

ferential transport equations for the turbulence kinetic energy and turbulence dissipation

rate:

(k)

t

+ (Uk) = [

_

+

t

k

_

k] +P

k

(1.9)

()

t

+ (U) = [

_

+

t

_

] +

k

(C

1

P

k

C

2

) (1.10)

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Where C

1

, C

2

,

k

and

k

is

the turbulence production due to viscous and buoyancy forces given by

P

k

=

t

U

_

U +U

T

_

2

3

U (3

t

U +k) +P

kb

(1.11)

P

kb

is buoyancy production term and depends on the buoyancy turbulence, which are given

in CFX manual. Based on k, SST model accounts for the transport of the turbulent shear

stress and gives highly accurate predictions of the onset and the amount of ow separation

under adverse pressure gradients. Although, the Baseline (BSL) k model combines the

advantages of theWilcox k and the k model, but still fails to properly predict the

onset and amount of ow separation from smooth surfaces. The main reason is that both

models do not account for the transport of the turbulent shear stress. This results in an over

prediction of the eddy-viscosity. The proper transport behavior can be obtained by a limiter

to the formulation of the eddy-viscosity given by

t

=

a

1

k

max(a

1

, SF

2

)

(1.12)

where S is an invariant measure of the strain rate. F

2

is a blending function, which restricts

the limiter to the wall boundary layer, as the underlying assumptions are not correct for free

shear ows. The blending function is given by

F

2

= tanh

_

2

2

_

(1.13)

2

= max

_

2

y

,

500v

y

2

_

(1.14)

Where y is the distance to the nearest wall, is the kinematic viscosity, is the turbulent

frequency and

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1.3 Channel Geometry:

The baseline two-dimensional geometry used in simulations is shown in gure 1.1. The domain

width (W) is 75mm and height (H) is 180mm. Although we changed the width and height

for dierent runs but we started each series from this baseline geometry. The jet nozzle exit

is 3mm. The jet thickness and jet velocity are kept constant in each simulation. Also in all

simulations b

1

= b

2

(see gure 1.3), so the oset ratio in all runs is equal to 1. The entrance

channel length of the jet is extended in the upstream direction up to 60mm in order to get

a fully developed prole. Our simulations show that the jet is sensitive to boundary layer

prole at the exit. For some cases dierent results were observed for with and without the

extended entrance channel of jet. The extended entrance channel prole is used in all runs.

k turbulent model is used for all presented simulations.

Figure 1.1: Two-dimensional computational domain

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1.4 Boundary Conditions and Mesh Details:

ANSYS ICEM CFD 12.0 is used for grid generation. To minimize truncation error, very

dense grid is used near all walls. Dierent sections of the grid are shown in gure 1.2. The

boundary conditions are labeled in gure 1.3. We have three types of boundary conditions:

wall, inlet and opening. At the bottom we have velocity inlet for water jet, at the top opening

boundary condition, where static pressure is prescribed, is used. All the rest of the boundaries

are no-slip walls. The results show that there is no dierence between the boundary condition

opening and outlet. We keep the opening condition in all runs which is more physical.

Figure 1.2: Two-dimension grid

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The boundaries labeled as side b1 and b2 are changed to pressure inlets for en-

trainment case, discussed in section 1.6 in detail. The velocity of the jet is kept at 10(m/s)

in each run. So, with the jet thickness of 3mm, and kinematic viscosity of 1 10

6

(m

2

/s)

the Reynolds number is 30000 in all simulations.

Figure 1.3: Boundary conditions

Results:

Results are arranged into ve dierent sections: eects of expansion ratio on turbulent

jet, eects of channel length, eects of entrainment, eects of numerical treatment of the

outlet boundary condition and eects of Reynolds number.

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1.5 Eects of Expansion Ratio on the Turbulent Jet:

In this section, we discuss the eects of expansion ratio. We dene expansion ratio as the

ratio of the channel width to the jet thickness. The velocity contours and streamlines are

shown in gures 1.4. It is evident that the ow is asymmetrical. In fact the jet deects

towards the boundary wall, either left or right, and attaches to it. The jet remains attached

all the way to the exit boundary. There are three circulation regions, one in the middle of

channel and one in each corner. The size of circulation region changes with change in width

of the channel.

Figure 1.4: (a) Velocity contours (b) Streamlines, W=75mm, Re=30000

To study the eects of distance between the walls on this phenomenon, dierent simula-

tions are run by changing the width of the channel, but keeping the Reynolds number and

the channel length constant. The purpose of these runs is to see whether the ow becomes

symmetrical after certain width, second to determine the changes in the attachment distance

of the jet. The velocity contours and streamlines for dierent width or expansion ratio are

plotted in gures 1.5 and 1.6, respectively.

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Figure 1.5: Velocity contours for dierent width (W)

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Figure 1.6: Streamlines for dierent width (W)

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We observe that the jet attaches to one of the walls. The jet attaches randomly to one

of the walls if the channel width is less than 180mm, which the length of the computational

domain. By further increasing the channel width, we nd that the jet does not attach to

either wall in the given length, but it oscillates in the domain of length 180mm. Even for

very high expansion ratio and width of 250mm, the jet oscillates indicating that it would

attach if the length is increased. We dene the attachment point as the point where the

wall shear stress is zero as sketched in gure 1.7. Below this point we have the entrapped

uid in circulation region, and above this point the jet moves up along the wall and exits the

channel. The point is determined by visual interrogation of the streamlines in the channel.

The distance of the attachment point from the bottom of the channel is the attachment

length. By changing the width and keeping the length and thickness of the jet constant,

we determined the attachment length for a range of expansion ratio. It is found that the

attachment length increases linearly with increase of expansion ratio as shown in gure 1.8.

However, the ratio of the attachment length to the width of the channel is approximately

equals 0.7; hence it is nearly independent of the channel width as shown in gure 1.9.

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Figure 1.7: Attachment length

Figure 1.8: Attachment length as function of expansion ratio

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Figure 1.9: Non-dimensional attachment length vs channel width

1.6 Eects of Channel Length:

In the previous section, we discussed the eects of expension ratio on the two-dimensional

jet by changing the width of the symmetrical channel at constant Reynolds number. The

purpose of this section is to investigate the eects of streamwise channel length on velocity

eld, jet apping, and the attachment length. We expect that for very large channel length,

the outer boundary will be far away from the inlet, and its location should not inuence the

ow development in the channel. This section will demonstrate that the results we obtained

are independent of the outow boundary location.

Dierent simulations are run by changing the length of channel in steps of 180mm, but

with constant width (110mm) and jet Reynolds number equal to 30000. The velocity contours

and streamlines are plotted in gures 1.10 and 1.11, respectively. The velocity contours and

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streamlines show that a two-dimensional jet will attach to a side wall provided that the

channel length is greater than a critical value; which is approximately equal to the channel

width. The numerical simulations performed by Sarma et al. (2000)for a two-dimensional

laminar jet show further jet oscillations along the channel. We do not see such oscillations

for a turbulent jet in our domain with maximum channel length 720mm.

Figure 1.12 shows the attachment length as function of the channel length. The attach-

ment length of the jet is almost constant. The attachment length decreases slightly with the

increase in channel length, but remains constant with further increase. Figure 1.13 shows a

comparison of the vertical velocity proles at a section near the attachment point (y=80mm)

for dierent channel lengths. The changes in velocity proles due to increasing channel length

become negligible for channel length greater than or equal 360mm. Hence, the velocity eld

is independent of the location of the outow boundary (channel length). Since, there is no

dierence in the attachment length and the velocity prole for dierent channel lengths, we

conclude that the results presented are independent of the outer boundary location.

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Figure 1.10: Velocity contours for dierent channel length, W=110mm,Re=30000

Figure 1.11: Velocity streamlines for dierent channel length, W=110mm,Re=30000

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Figure 1.12: Attachment length vs channel length with xed width, W=110mm, Re=30000

Figure 1.13: Vertical velocity at section y=80mm for dierent channels with dierent lengths

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1.7 Eects of Entrainment:

In all simulations presented, impermeable walls were assumed on both sides of the jet at

its exit plane. In this section, the eects of entrainment from the jet exit plane will be

investigated. To allow entrainment, we changed the boundary condition of sides b1 and b2

(gure 1.3) to pressure inlet; where atmospheric pressure is specied.

Simulations are run on channel with a large length of 720mm and width 110mm. The jet

Reynolds number is still the same i.e. Re=30000. Symmetric ow is predicted for the two

dimensional jet as shown in gure 1.14. This indicates that when entrainment at the jet exit

plane is allowed, it is possible to obtain symmetric ow. The critical limit of entrianment for

symmetric solution has not been determined. Sarma et al.(2000) found that for a laminar jet

at Re=200 and ER=20, the ow in the channel becomes asymmetric even in the presence

of entrainment. Further investigation is needed to study the eects of entrainment on the

turbulent jet case for dierent Reynolds number and expansion ratio.

Figure 1.14: Velocity contours and streamlines for dierent channel length, width=110mm

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1.8 Eect of Numerical Treatment of the Outlet Boundary

Condition:

This section deals with the discussion of dierent measurements taken to make sure that

ow is independent of the type of boundary condition imposed at the channel exit. Both

opening and outlet boundary conditions are tested for the upper edge of the boundary.

No dierence is found in the results, and will not be shown here.

In most of the results reported here, opening is used as a boundary condition for the

upper edge as shown in gure 1.3. Opening boundary condition allows reversed ow at

the boundary as shown by the streamline depicted gure 1.11. A special type of domain

is created as shown in 1.15(a). Now, we change the boundary condition at the top of the

channel to a solid wall, and allow the ow to exit the channel from two symmetrical holes

on the side walls. The thickness of each hole is equal to half of the jet thickness. It is found

that the jet still attaches to one of the side walls as shown in gure 1.15(b). So, no change

is found as a result of changing the outer boundary condition type.

For further verication that the jet attachment phenomenon is independent of the numer-

ical treatment of the outow boundary condition, we simulate the ow in the domain shown

in gure 1.16. We removed the outer edge and put the entire channel in a larger square room

having an edge length of 540mm. The entire domain in initialized with zero velocity. All

surfaces are treated as solid walls, except the outer bottom surface is treated as opening to

allow the ow to exit the large room. The velocity contours are shown in gure 1.17. Results

show that jet still attaches to one of the side walls; which conrms that the jet attachment

phenomenon is independent of the numerical treatment of the outow boundary condition.

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Figure 1.15: Special domain (a) boundary conditions (b) velocity contours

Figure 1.16: Special domain

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Figure 1.17: Velocity contours

1.9 Eects of Reynolds Number:

In this section, we discuss the eects of Reynolds number on the two-dimensional turbulent

jet. We change the jet velocity, and x the expansion ratio. Figure 1.18 shows that the velocity

contours for three dierent velocity of the jet i.e. 10(m/s), 50(m/s) and 100(m/s). The

attachment length is calculated for each Reynolds number. It is found that the attachment

length remain constant with the increase in Reynolds number as shown in gure 1.19.

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Figure 1.18: Velocity contours for dierent Reynolds numbers

Figure 1.19: Attachment length vs Reynolds number

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1.10 Conclusions:

We conducted a numerical study of a two-dimensional incompressible turbulent jet in a

symmetrical channel. We investigated the jet ow as function of expansion ratio (channel

width to jet thickness), channel length, Reynolds number and entrainment condition. The

resulting ow in the channel is asymmetric for a wide range of expansion ratio at high

Reynolds number. The jet deects and attaches to one of the channel walls. The attachment

length increases linearly with the channel width for xed value of Reynolds number. The

ratio of the attachment length to channel width is approximately 0.7. The attachment length

is also found to be independent of the (turbulent) jet Reynolds number for xed expansion

ratio.

Results indicate that the attachment length of the jet and the velocity eld are indepen-

dent of the location or numerical details of the outow boundary; hence we conclude that

the phenomenon of turbulent jet attachment is not a result of the numerical treatment of the

outer boundary condition.

By simulating half of the channel and imposing symmetry, we can construct a steady

symmetric solution to the RANS equations. This implies that there are possibly two solutions

to the steady RANS equations, one is symmetric but unstable, and the other solution is

asymmetric (the jet attaches to one of the side walls) but stable. A symmetric solution

is also obtained if entrainment from jet exit plane is permitted. Fearn et al. (Journal of

Fluid Mechanics, vol. 121, 1990) studied the laminar problem, and showed that the ow

asymmetry of a symmetric expansion arises at a symmetry-breaking bifurcation as the jet

Reynolds number is increased from zero. In the present study the Reynolds number is high

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and the jet is turbulent. Therefore, a symmetry-breaking bifurcation parameter might be the

level of entrainment or expansion ratio.

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Chapter 2

Numerical Simulations of Turbulent

Bubbly Mixing Layers

This chapter presents numerical simulations of two-dimensional turbulent bubbly mixing

layers. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the eects of turbulence models on the sim-

ulations of bubbly mixing layers using Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations.

The models tested include k , shear-stress transport (SST), and Reynolds stress trans-

port (SSG) models. Mean liquid and gas velocity proles, expressed in similarity variables,

are compared to experimental data for single and two phase ows. It is found that RANS

simulations show that the spreading rates of turbulent bubbly mixing layers are greater than

that of the corresponding single phase ow, but dierent turbulence models give dierent

spreading rates. The increase in spreading rate is consistent with experimental observations.

All tested turbulence models under predict the spreading rate of the bubbly mixing layer,

even though they accurately predicted the spreading rate for single phase ow. The global

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structure of the ow proved to be sensitive to the gas volume fraction (as also concluded by

Roig 1997), and the best predictions are obtained by using SST model.

2.1 Introduction:

Bubbly ow is widely used in industrial processes like mineral processing and bubbly reactors

for heat and mass transfer. In mineral processing, such as otation cells, bubbly ow is used

as a technique to separate solid-solid particles and hence to extract minerals. In mechanically

agitated otation cells, the raw ore is mixed with water in a large tank, and air is injected

and dispersed by the action of a rotor into small bubbles. The desired mineral particles are

chemically treated to make them hydrophobic. Upon collision with bubbles, particles attach

to the bubbles and oat to the top of the tank. In this way minerals are collected and removed

from the tank. The process depends on bubbles generation, bubbles size distributions, bubble-

particle interaction, and bubbles dispersion within the otation cell. Similarly, the bubbly

reactors have many applications ranging from chemical processes to water treatment. The

eciency of the reactors depends on ecient mixing, interfacial transfer rates, and bubbles

dispersion, etc. Performance improvements of these industrial processes require a correct

understanding of mechanisms involving multiphase ow dynamics. Computational Fluid

Dynamics (CFD) is a promising tool for understanding and investing these complex processes.

The mixing layer is a simple, yet fundamental, shear ow that has been proven useful

for testing of turbulence models and understanding basic mechanism of uid mixing and

dispersion. Both experimental and numerical research have been carried out in the last two

decades for the prediction of bubbly mixing layers. These experiments give the structure

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of the turbulent bubbly ow, knowledge about bubble size distributions and the turbulence

kinetic energy in the bubbly ow.

Roig et al. (1997) found that turbulent mixing-layer structure is sensitive to void fraction

in their experiments on single phase and bubbly ow with low void fraction and low liquid

velocities. The bubbly mixing layer spreading rate was found to be more than that of single

phase ow. Also, the turbulent kinetic energy of bubbly ow was found to be higher than that

of single phase ow. Rightley et al. (2000) studied bubbly mixing layer ow in a horizontal

channel with very low void fraction on one side only. They studied the interaction of micro

bubbles with free shear layer and investigated the coherent large scales of the ow on the

bubble dispersion eld and the energy redistribution within the carrier phase (water). Coline

et al. (2001) found the bubble distribution in a vertical upward ow, a vertical downward

ow and upward ow under micro gravity condition in a turbulent pipe ow. They found

that in the vertical upward ow, the bubbles move radially towards the pipe wall under the

action of lift force. However, bubbles do not move towards the wall in microgravity condition.

In downward ow the bubbles move towards the center of the pipe.

When air is injected in water the bubble size varies in shape and size due to break up and

coalescence. Martnez-Bazn et al. (2002) injected an air jet inside a water jet, and found that

the bubble size distribution depend on dissipation rate of turbulent kinetic energy, global

air void fraction and on the ratio between the residence time and the break-up time. Neto

et al. (2007) injected air in a water tank together with a water jet and found a critical

nozzle Reynolds number value of Re=8000 for large bubbles to break up into small bubbles.

They also found that a Webber number of We

w

= 25 is necessary to produce strong bubble

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deformation and breakup away from the nozzles. Qi and Shuli (2008) also found that the

presence of bubbles increases the level of turbulence in the ow. Tournemine and Roig (2010)

analyzed the primary instability of buoyant conned bubbly mixing layers. They found that

the induced buoyancy eect generates longitudinal accelerations which are at the origin of self

excited large scale oscillation under certain conditions. Experimental evidence was provided

that these oscillations are global modes.

Numerical work on single phase mixing layer started earlier and is well developed. But Nu-

merical work on two phase ow became as a matter of interest in the past decade. Reynolds-

Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) and Large-Eddy Simulations (LES) in conjunction with the

Euler-Euler model are being used most of the time for the prediction of multiphase ow.

Lakehal et al. (2002) performed LES of turbulent shear ows. They simulated a mixing layer

with the same conditions as that experimentally investigated by Roig et al. (1999). They

found that there is no dierence between two-dimensional and three dimensional simulation

for the tested conditions. Close comparison with experimental work was obtained with bub-

ble lift coecient of C

L

= 1.25. Results obtained by using Smagorinsky model were closer

to experimental data than those obtained by Germanos dynamic model. Also the Dynamic

Smagorinsky Model (DSM) strategy didnt work well. Dhotre et al. (2007) also found that

the dynamic approach of Germano does not perform better than the Smagorinsky model

in their LES of square cross-sectioned bubble column. Close agreements with experiments

were found with Smagorinsky model for a model constant of C

s

= 0.12. Ayed et al. (2007)

reported new results for a turbulent buoyant bubbly shear layer experiment. The results were

simulated using Euler-Euler two-uid model. The concentration of dissolved oxygen in the

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liquid was reproduced by the model. The prole of dissolved oxygen were not satisfactory

for y > 0.12 (transverse horizontal axis) and x > 0.2 (streamwise vertical axis) due to the

eect of wall. They reported that the eect of turbulence, bubble deformation, and of im-

purities are not yet completely explored even though some formulations based on turbulent

time scales were proposed for stirred gas-liquid systems and validated against experimental

investigations. Hu et al. (2007) simulated gas-liquid bubbly ow in a at bubble column

using Eulerian-Lagrangian based large-eddy simulation. A concept of particle-source-in-cell

(PSI-ball) is formulated to map a Lagrangian quantity to Eulerian reference frame. High

prediction accuracy was achieved in an extensive comparison with the experimental data. A

detailed second order statistics related to pseudo-turbulent uctuations (missing in RANS)

is reported.

Min et al. (2008) numerically simulated gas dispersion in an aerated stirred reactor with

multiple impellers. An Euler-Euler approach with constant single average bubble diameter

(SABD) and the population balance model (PBM) and multiple size groups (MUSIG) model

were used with commercial CFD (CFX) code to compute gas void fraction. When compared

with experimental data, the SABD does not predict the void fraction correctly. The prediction

of PBM and MUSIG model were found to be correct. The reason is that SABD ignores the

breakup and coalescence of bubbles while the PBM-MUSIG model considers these events.

Niceno et al. (2008) simulated square cross-sectional bubble column using Euler-Euler

large eddy simulation using Neptune CFD code. Results were also compared with results

obtained from simulations performed using the CFX-4 (one equation model) code. Results

from Smagorinsky SGS model in the Neptune CFD code and CFX were close to each other.

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The liquid velocity proles were under predicted but the gas proles were predicted well by

both codes.

2.2 Governing Equations:

The governing equations for multiphase ow are the continuity and momentum RANS equa-

tions which are given by

t

(r

) + (r

) = 0 (2.1)

t

(r

) + (r

)) = r

+

_

r

_

U

+ (U

)

T

__

+r

g +M

(2.2)

where refers to the phase, r

is the gravitational acceleration and U is velocity vector. M

on phase due to the presence of other phases. The total force on phase due to interaction

with other phases e.g. is given by

M

=

M

(2.3)

and

M

= M

D

+M

L

+M

LUB

+M

TD

+.... (2.4)

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Interphase Drag

The following general form is used to model interphase drag force acting on phase due

to phase :

M

= c

(d)

(U

) (2.5)

c

(d)

=

3

4

C

D

d

r

|U

beta

U

alpha

| (2.6)

For spherical particles the Schiller Naumann Drag Model the drag coecient C

D

is given

by

C

D

=

24

Re

_

1 + 0.15Re

0.687

_

(2.7)

The multiphase versions of turbulence models are equivalent to the single phase version,

with all ux and volumetric source terms multiplied by volume fractions. The eddy viscosity

hypothesis is assumed to hold for each turbulent phase. Diusion of Momentum in phase

is governed by an eective viscosity:

eff

=

+

t

(2.8)

For the k model, the turbulent viscosity is modeled as:

t

= c

_

k

_

(2.9)

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The transport equations for k and in a turbulent phase are assumed to take a similar

form to the single-phase transport equations:

(r

)

t

+

_

r

_

+

t

k

_

k

__

= r

(P

) +T

(k)

(2.10)

()

t

+ (U) = [

_

+

t

_

] +

k

(C

1

P

k

C

2

) (2.11)

where C

1

, C

2

,

k

and

The multiphase versions of Reynolds stress models are equivalent to the single phase version,

with all ux and volumetric source terms multiplied by volume fractions. Sato successfully

modeled particle induced turbulence this for bubbly ow using an enhanced continuous phase

eddy viscosity:

tc

=

ts

+

tp

(2.12)

2.3 Mixing Layer Geometric Details

The two-dimensional computational domain used in simulations is shown in gure 2.1(a).

It has the same dimensions as the test section of the mixing layer facility used by Roig et

al. (1997). It is a rectangular channel of width of (2b) = 400mm and height of H = 2.3m.

A splitter is inserted in the middle dividing the channel into two sides, side 1 to the right

and side 2 to the left of the plate. The geometric details of splitter plate trailing edge are

shown in gure 2.1(b). The plate height is 300mm, and its thickness is 2mm over most of

its length, except for the last 10mm where its thickness drops to 0.5mm at the trailing edge.

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This design closely matches the trailing edge, which is described as a cusp, in the Roig et al.

(1997) experimental facility. The simulations reported here show that no vortices are shed

from the trailing edge of the splitter plate.

Figure 2.1: Mixing layer geometry and boundary conditions

2.4 Boundary Conditions and Grid Description:

The commercial software ANSYS ICEM CFD 12.0 is used for grid generation. The grid is

block structured as shown in gures 2.2 and 2.3. Two grids, denoted as coarse and ne grids,

are used to check the eects of grid resolution on the simulations accuracy; the number of

elements is shown in table 2.1. A Cartesian coordinate system is introduced with origin at the

trailing edge of the splitter plate, and the x-axis is vertically upward (streamwise direction)

and the y-axis is horizontal (transverse to the mixing layer). The gravitational acceleration

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is downward. The boundary conditions are labeled in gure 2.1. We have three types of

boundary conditions: solid walls, inlets and outlet. The two vertical side walls and the sur-

face of splitter plate are assumed to be no-slip walls for both phases. At the bottom we have

two velocity inlets conditions; one on each side of the splitter plate, and at the top we impose

a pressure outlet condition. Subscripts L and G are used to denote liquid and gas phases,

respectively. Subscripts 1 and 2 refer to the right (y > 0) and left (y < 0) sides of the splitter

plate, respectively.

Figure 2.2: (a)coarse grid (b)coarse grid (c) coarse grid

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Figure 2.3: (a)ne grid (b) trailing edge of splitter

Domain Nodes Elements

Coarse grid 274,400 136,145

Fine grid 940,800 468,476

Table 2.1: Fine and coarse grid details

2.5 Numerical Simulations Parameters:

Dierent numerical runs were performed by changing the void fraction () and magnitude of

inlet velocities. ANSYS CFX 12.0 is used to solve the RANS two-phase ow equations. The

parameters of dierent numerical runs are given in table 2.2; they correspond to conditions of

Roig et al. (1999) experiments. Experiment 2-1 is purely single phase (liquid water) because

the void fraction in both sides is zero. The void fraction () in each experiment is less than

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Experiment 2-1 2-2 2-3 2-4

10

% 0.0 1.9 1.9 0.0

U

L10

(m/s) 0.615 0.53 0.51 0.58

20

% 0.0 1.9 0.0 1.5

U

L20

(m/s) 0.255 0.23 0.18 0.19

U

L0

= U

L10

U

L20

0.36 0.3 0.33 0.34

U

Lm0

=

(U

L10

U

L20

)

2

0.435 0.38 0.345 0.385

0

=

U

L0

2U

Lm0

0.414 0.395 0.478 0.506

L

24 11 13 14

Table 2.2: Inlet conditions for dierent runs

2%. The liquid velocity in each experiment is less than 1 (m/s). The mean bubble diameter

is 2mm. The Reynolds number Re = U

Lo

x

L

varies from 1.910

4

to 4.410

5

indicating that

the ow is fully turbulent, where x is streamwise distance measured from the splitter plate

trailing edge, as shown in gure 2.1(a), and U

Lo

is velocity dierence across the mixing

layer.

Results

Results in this chapter are divided into seven sections: liquid (water) supercial velocity

proles, mixing layer growth rate, gas supercial velocity proles, void fraction, ne grid sim-

ulations, comparison between dierent turbulence models and comparison with experimental

data.

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 2 43

2.6 Liquid (Water) Supercial Velocity Proles:

The water volume fraction is greater than 98% in each case. So, the water ow gives us the

global structure of the ow. A single phase simulation was performed rst. It is expected

that RNAS model works well for single ow as reported in the literature. The water velocity

contours for single phase ow run 2-1 are shown in gure 2.4. The red color shows the high

velocity side. For two-phase ows, the supercial velocity counters of liquid in runs 2-2 and

2-4 are shown in gures 2.5 and 2.6, respectively. The supercial velocity is the product of

the local velocity and local volume fraction. Contours for run 2-4 are signicantly dierent

from those for run 2-2. This is due to the dierence in the inlet values of void fraction. At

the inlet, the void fraction is zero in the high speed side for run 2-4, whereas for run 2-2, the

void fractions are equal on both sides of the mixing layer. The mixing layer drifts towards

the side of higher void fraction. This result is supported by experimental data. Even though

the void fraction in run 2-4 is only 1.5 %, yet it has a strong eect on the overall behavior of

the mixing layer, hence indicating how the ow is sensitive to the void fraction.

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 2 44

Figure 2.4: Velocity contours for single phase ow run 2-1

Figure 2.5: Water supercial velocity for run 2-2

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 2 45

Figure 2.6: Water supercial velocity for run 2-4

The water velocity proles for single-phase ow run 2-1 at dierent streamwise stations

x=-1cm, 20cm, 30cm, and 40cm are shown in gure 2.7. The proles show the spreading

of the mixing layer with the streamwise distance. SST turbulence model is used here. The

supercial velocity proles for two-phase ow runs 2-2 and 2-4 at dierent stations are plotted

in gures 2.8 and 2.9, respectively. An important observation can be seen that the velocities

to the left and right of the mixing layer almost remain constant and equal to inlet conditions;

only the mixing layer thickness increases. The same observation can be seen in the single

phase ow.

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 2 46

Figure 2.7: Water velocity proles for single phase run 2-1

Figure 2.8: Water supercial velocity proles for run 2-2

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 2 47

Figure 2.9: Water supercial velocity proles for run 2-4

2.7 Mixing Layer Growth Rate:

In order to quantify mixing layer growth for single-phase and two-phase runs, we introduce

non-dimensional similarity variables U

+

L

and

L

dened by

U

+

L

=

U

L

U

L2

U

L1

U

L2

(2.13)

L

=

L

y y1

2

x

(2.14)

Where y

1/2

is dened by U

L

(y

1/2

) = U

Lm

and

L

is a measure of mixing layer growth rate,

which will be compared with the experimental lateral expansion. If the spreading rate of the

mixing layer is measured by the angle as shown in gure 2.10, then we dene

L

as

L

=

1

tan

L

=

1

L

(2.15)

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 2 48

Figure 2.10: Mixing layer thickness

So a small value of

L

means greater expansion rate of mixing layer. A good approximation

of the velocity prole of single phase mixing layer is the Gortlers prole (Schlichting, 1979

seveth edition), which is given by

u(

L

) = 0.5[1 +erf(

L

)] (2.16)

where erf(

L

)is the error function given by

erf() =

2

_

0

e

2

dx (2.17)

In gures 2.11, 2.12, 2.13 show a comparison between the computed velocity proles, ex-

pressed in terms of similarity variables U

+

L

and

L

, and Gortlers prole. For each run, the

value of (

L

) is determined to obtain the best match between the two proles. This was done

by varying

L

and then visually inspecting the plots of the two proles. The best value for

L

for single phase is 24. Extending the same concept for two phase ow, we present liquid

velocity proles for two phase runs 2-2 and 2-4 in gures 2.12 and 2.13, respectively. For run

2-2 the value of

L

was found to be 21 while for run 2-4 having bubbles only on one side the

value of

L

was found to be 19. This indicates that the spreading rate measured by 1/

L

is

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 2 49

dierent from single phase ow and depends on the void fraction. The dierence is due to

the presence of bubbles which generates buoyancy eects in the ow and density dierence

between the two sides. We note that the prole at the edges i.e. near |

L

| = 1 is not matching

well with Gortlers prole. The comparison is more favorable as we rene the grid as will be

shown in section 2.10.

Figure 2.11: Mean velocity prole for single phase run 2-1

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Figure 2.12: Mean water supercial velocity for two-phase run 2-2

Figure 2.13: Mean water supercial velocity for two-phase ow run 2-4

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 2 51

2.8 Gas Supercial Velocity Proles:

The mean supercial air velocity proles for run 2-2 and run 2-4 at dierent streamwise

locations x = 6cm, 20cm, 30cm, and 40cm are shown in gures 2.14 and 2.15, respectively.

As show in these gures the air velocity is high compared to liquid velocities. The slip

velocity (U

G

U

L

) for run 2-4 (having air bubble only in one side) is 0.21 m/s. There is

a peak in the velocity prole for run 2-4, which corresponds to a peak in the void fraction.

The experimental work by Roig et al.(1999) also show some peaks of void fraction for some

sections but not in the entire ow.

Figure 2.14: Mean supercial air velocity proles for run 2-4

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Figure 2.15: Mean supercial air velocity proles for run 2-2

2.9 Void Fraction:

Void fraction proles are plotted in the gure 2.16. In the experimental work performed by

Roig et al. ( 1999 and 2006) peaks in void fraction that depends on the inlet conditions are

also observed. These peaks are due to the boundary layer developing on the splitter plate,

which depend on inlet conditions.

Figure 2.16: Void fraction run 2-4

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 2 53

2.10 Fine Grid Simulations:

Fine grid simulations are run to make sure that our calculations are independent of grids.

The computational domain and all boundary conditions are identical to that of the coarse

grid. The value of

L

is calculated for ne grid. We nd

L

= 18 for run 2-4 (for coarse grid it

is 19) and

L

= 20 for run 2-2 (for coarse grid the value is 21). The water supercial velocity

in similarity variables are plotted in gures 2.17 and 2.18 for run 2-4 and 2-2, respectively.

Better agreement between simulations and Geortlers prole is evident.

Figure 2.17: Mean velocity in the liquid phase run 2-4

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Figure 2.18: Mean velocity in the liquid phase run 2-2

2.11 Comparison Between Dierent Turbulence Models:

The eects of turbulence models on RANS predictions of two-phase mixing layers are reported

here. Three models known as SST model, k model and SSGR model are tested. Results

show that SST model gives better prediction in comparison to other models. The k model

prediction are close to SST model, but SSGR model predictions show large deviation in the

spreading rate of bubbly mixing layer. Figure 2.19 shows plots of water velocity proles

for three turbulence models compared with Geartlers law. The plots indicate that the SST

model gives better agreement with Geortlers law for

L

equal to 19. The k model deviates

slightly from SST but the SSGR model deviates a lot for the same value of

L

.

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 2 55

Figure 2.19: Liquid supercial velocity proles for dierent turbulence models

2.12 Comparison with Experimental Data:

Comparison is being made with the experimental work performed by the Roig et al. (1999).

The value of

L

is for single phase ow in the numerical simulations was found to be 24 which

agrees with the experimental value reported by Roig et al. The velocity proles in similarity

variables are compared in gure 2.20. For two-phase ow RANS simulations considerably

underestimate the growth rate of the mixing layer. The values of

L

in the experiments

for run 2-4 and 2-2 are 14 and 11, respectively, as compared to 20 and 18. If we use the

experimental values for scaling the RANS model predictions, we obtain the proles shown in

gures 2.21 and 2.22. Only if use the higher values of

L

, we can bring the RANS models

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 2 56

Run Experimental Value Numerical Value ( ne Grid)

2-2 11 20

2-4 14 18

Table 2.3: Numerical and experimental vlaues for

L

simulations to match with the Gortler prole or experimental data prole.

Figure 2.20: Comparison with the experiments for single phase ow

To investigate the turbulence kinetic energy, we plot the longitudinal velocity uctuations

of the liquid velocity in a non-dimensional form. u

/

1

2 =

u

/

L

2

U

2

L

The prole u

/

1

2 agianst

L

is

shown in the gure 2.23. The plot indicates that there is large dierence in the turbulence

kinetic energy between the experimental results and numerical results. This increase in

velocity or turbulence kinetic energy is due to turbulence induced by the bubbles, which is

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 2 57

Figure 2.21: Comparison with the experiments two-phase run 2-4

Figure 2.22: Comparison with the experiments two-phase run 2-2

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 2 58

not captured by the RANS models.

Figure 2.23: Turbulent energy comparison with experimental data for run 2-4

2.13 Conclusions:

We tested RANS models for a multiphase ow given by a bubbly mixing layer. The simula-

tions were performed with two grid resolutions. RANS models including SST model, k

model and SSGR models were used in simulations for single phase (water only) and multi-

phase (air and water) ow. The mixing layer thickness was calculated, and the results are

compared with experiments. For single phase ow the numerical predictions agree with the

experimental data for mean velocity and spreading rate. For multiphase the RANS models

predictions do not agree with experimental work. Numerical results show that the SST model

gives slightly better predictions for multiphase ow than the k and SSGR models. It is

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 2 59

found that RANS model do not predict the turbulence kinetic energy correctly. There is a

signicant dierence in turbulence kinetic energy of numerical predictions and experimental

data. There are also dierences in the liquid mean velocity proles. The failure of local

turbulence models are also reported by Lakehal et al (2002). The possible reason may be

that RANS work on constant bubble diameter, but in reality the bubble diameter varies and

has a distribution. The constant diameter of bubble ignores the coalescence and break up of

bubbles that induce local turbulence in the ow and changes the kinetic energy of the carrier

phase. The argument is presented by Min et al (2008) that a model with constant single av-

erage bubble diameter (SABD) does not predict correctly void fraction. The RANS models

need further investigation to include turbulence generation due to breakup and coalescence.

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 2 60

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buoyant bubbly shear layer AIChE Journal Volume 53 Issue 11, Pages 2742 - 2753.

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shear ows Journal of Turbulence, Volume 3, N 25 May 2002.

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dispersion in an aerated stirred reactor with multiple impellers Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.,

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mixing layers Phys. Fluids 22, 023301 (2010).

Chapter 3

A Numerical Study of Gas Hold Up

in a Water Tank Supplied by a

Dual Jet of Air and Water

This chapter deals with the numerical simulations of mixing of two parallel jets of air and

water injected into a tank initially lled with water. The purpose is to explore this ow

conguration as a new conceptual design of a mineral separation machine. In mechanically

agitated otation machines, air is injected within an impeller placed in a tank of water and

minerals. Air break up into bubbles by a rotor installed in the tank. The injection point of

the air is important. It can aect the generation of bubbles and hence the separation process.

In this chapter, we simulate the mixing of an air jet with a parallel water jet. The eects

of the relative position of the two jets on gas hold up in the tank is an important design

parameter. In this study we determined the gas hold up in a tank for two cases by changing

62

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 3 63

the air entrance, in one case air jet is above water jet and in the other case air jet is below

the water jet.

It is found that when air jet is below the water jet, the gas hold up is more than the case

when the air jet is above the water jet. When air jet is below the water jet, air has more time

to travel and interact with the shear induced by the water jet, hence, gives more mixture.

3.1 Geometric Details:

The two-dimensional geometry is shown in gure 3.1. The domain width and height are

selected so as to make sure that the water and air jets do not deect and attach to the

bottom boundary. The jet deection and attachment are discussed in detail in chapter 1.

The total height of the domain is 1400mm and width of the domain is 600mm. The two jets

are supplied by two separate but parallel channels. Each jet width is 10mm. The main tank

is divided into two parts; and according to their initializations, we refer to them as a water

tank and an air tank, as shown in gure 3.2. The purpose of air tank is to provide a space

for the mixture generated due to the air entering into the water tank. So, we have four parts:

air tank, water tank, water jet and air jet.

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 3 64

Figure 3.1: Geometry details

3.2 Grid Generation and Geometric Details:

ANSYS ICEM CFD is used for grid generation. Dierent sections of the grid are shown in

gure 3.3. The dierent colors show the dierent parts of the domain discussed in section 3.1.

A ne grid is generated at the center of the grid, where the two jets interact, and a coarser

grid is generated away from the center. Each part of the domain is initialized separately. The

water tank is initialized with water with zero velocity; air tank is initialized with air with

zero velocity. The air jet is initialized with air and water jet is initialized with water. The

boundary conditions are labeled in gure 3.2. The boundary conditions are inlet, opening

and no-slip wall. At inlets, mass ow rate is specied instead of velocity. The upper edge of

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 3 65

the domain is an opening for air only with zero gauge pressure. The bottom edge is an outlet

for water only. Continuity is imposed on both air opening and water outlet. The boundary

between the air and water tanks is an internal boundary which is treated as interface. An

interface is a ow through boundary where mass, momentum and turbulence parameters are

conserved.

Figure 3.2: Boundary conditions

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 3 66

Figure 3.3: Two-dimensional grid

3.3 Numerical Simulations:

Numerical simulations are performed using ANSYS CFX. The mathematical modeling for

two-phase ow is discussed in chapter 2 section 2.2. Numerical simulations are performed for

two cases: Case 1: air jet is injected below the water jet, Case 2: air jet is injected above the

water jet. The boundary conditions for each case are the same. The air jet velocity in both

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 3 67

cases is 3.19(m/s), and water jet velocity in each case is 1.7(m/s).; the only dierence in the

cases is the vertical stratication of two jets. The air bubble diameter is selected as 1mm.

3.4 Results:

Simulations are performed by solving the unsteady RANS equations. The air volume fraction

contours after dierent time steps for case 1 and case 2 are shown in gure 3.4 and gure

3.5, respectively. The air volume fraction contours provide visual evidence of better air

dispersion when air jet is injected below the water jet. Gas hold up is monitored in the water

tank (initially lled with water) as function of time for each case, and the results are shown

by gures 3.6 and 3.7. The gas holdup increases with time. The water volume fraction in

the air tank (initially lled with air) is also calculated after dierent time steps. Figures 3.8

and 3.9 show the water volume fraction for air tank for case 1 and case 2. As expected, the

water volume fraction in air tank also increases with time because the air volume fraction in

water tank increases. The total quantity of water and air in the domain (water tank + air

tank) remains constant.

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 3 68

Figure 3.4: Air volume fraction contours for case 1: air jet below water jet

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 3 69

Figure 3.5: Air volume fraction contours for case 2: air jet above water jet

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 3 70

Figure 3.6: Air volume (%) in water tank for air jet below water jet

Figure 3.7: Air volume (%) in water tank for air jet above water jet

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 3 71

Figure 3.8: Water volume (%) in air tank for air jet below water jet

Figure 3.9: Water volume (%) in air tank for air jet above water jet

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 3 72

3.5 Comparison and Conclusion:

Comparison is made between the gas hold up in the two cases. Figure 3.10 shows the air

volume fraction in water tank for cases 1 and 2. The gure shows that if the air jet is injected

below the water jet, enhanced air dispersion is achieved in a shorter time compared to the

case when the air jet is injected above the water jet. Furthermore, the enhanced gas hold up

for case 1 persists over time. Similarly, water volume fraction in air tank is compared in both

cases as shown in gure 3.11. Like the air volume fraction in water tank, the water volume

fraction in air tank is also greater in case 1 than case 2. Injection of air jet below the water

jet gives air more time to interact and be inuenced by the shear of the water jet. Whereas

when the air jet is injected above the water jet, buoyancy accelerates the upward motion of

the air jet with less time to be inuenced by the water jet. This oers a new concept for the

design of ecient otation cells. Stratication of layers of air jets and water (or slurry) jets

can be explored to enhance particle-bubble collision for less power consumption. This will

make the otation process more ecient and mechanically simpler than the case of impeller

agitated cells.

Kareem Akhtar Chapter 3 73

Figure 3.10: Air volume fraction comparison between case1 and case2

Figure 3.11: Water volume fraction comparison between case1 and case2

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