The present work aims to define strategies for numerical simulation of the mixture of turbulent flows in a stirred tank with a low computational effort, and to investigate the influence of the geometry of four rectangular baffles on the problem of performance. Two computational models based on momentum source and sliding mesh are validated by comparison with experimental results from the literature. For both models, the time‐averaged conservation equations of mass, momentum and transport of the mixture are solved using the finite volume method (FVM) (FLUENT® v.14.5). The standard k–ε model is used for closure of turbulence. Concerning the geometrical investigation, constructal design is employed to define the search space, degrees of freedom and performance indicators of the problem. More precisely, seven configurations with different width/length (L/B) ratios for the rectangular baffles are studied and compared with an unbaffled case. The momentum source model leads to valid results and significantly reduces the computational effort in comparison with the sliding mesh model. Concerning the design, the results indicate that the case without baffles creates the highest magnitude of turbulence kinetic energy, but poorly distributes it along the domain. The best configuration, (L/B)o = 1.0, leads to a mixture performance nearly two times superior than the case without baffles.

Numerical Study and Geometric Investigation of the Influence of Rectangular Baffles over the Mixture of Turbulent Flows into Stirred Tanks

Biserni C.
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2022

Abstract

The present work aims to define strategies for numerical simulation of the mixture of turbulent flows in a stirred tank with a low computational effort, and to investigate the influence of the geometry of four rectangular baffles on the problem of performance. Two computational models based on momentum source and sliding mesh are validated by comparison with experimental results from the literature. For both models, the time‐averaged conservation equations of mass, momentum and transport of the mixture are solved using the finite volume method (FVM) (FLUENT® v.14.5). The standard k–ε model is used for closure of turbulence. Concerning the geometrical investigation, constructal design is employed to define the search space, degrees of freedom and performance indicators of the problem. More precisely, seven configurations with different width/length (L/B) ratios for the rectangular baffles are studied and compared with an unbaffled case. The momentum source model leads to valid results and significantly reduces the computational effort in comparison with the sliding mesh model. Concerning the design, the results indicate that the case without baffles creates the highest magnitude of turbulence kinetic energy, but poorly distributes it along the domain. The best configuration, (L/B)o = 1.0, leads to a mixture performance nearly two times superior than the case without baffles.
Soares L.L.; Biserni C.; da Rosa Costa R.; Oliveira Junior J.A.A.; Dos Santos E.D.; Galarca M.M.
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