CFD Assessment and Experimental Investigation of the Liquid Separation Efficiency Enhancements in a Vertical Gravity Separator

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Mahmood, Raid Ahmed. 2020. "CFD Assessment and Experimental Investigation of the Liquid Separation Efficiency Enhancements in a Vertical Gravity Separator." International Journal of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration. 28 (3), pp. 2050021-1. https://doi.org/10.1142/S2010132520500212
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CFD Assessment and Experimental Investigation of the Liquid Separation Efficiency Enhancements in a Vertical Gravity Separator

ERA Journal ID212866
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AuthorMahmood, Raid Ahmed
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration
Journal Citation28 (3), pp. 2050021-1
Article Number2050021
Number of Pages9
Year2020
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing
Place of PublicationSingapore
ISSN2010-1325
2010-1333
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1142/S2010132520500212
Web Address (URL)https://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S2010132520500212
Abstract

Three design enhancement options for a vertical gravitational flash tank separator were proposed and investigated in this work. Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) was used to assess the optimum configurations of the vertical gravitational flash tank separator. A series of experiments were performed to test the CFD proposed configurations of the enhancement design options. This paper also assessed the usefulness of CFD in flash tank design, and this is achieved through experiments and simulations on a range of relevant configurations using water as the working fluid. The results revealed that the combination of the inlet flow direction and extractor had a significant effect on the performance of the vertical flash tank separator which increased by 2%. The results also revealed that there was a good agreement between the CFD simulations and experiments; the CFD simulations underestimated the liquid separation efficiency by approximately 0.02 over the range of conditions tested.

KeywordsEnhancement design option; two-phase flow; CFD simulation; liquid separation efficiency; vertical flash tank
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020401799. Mechanical engineering not elsewhere classified
401706. Numerical modelling and mechanical characterisation
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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