Investigation of Erosion and Deposition of Sand Particles within a Pin Fin Array
Cowan, Jonathan B
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The transport of particulates within both a fully developed and developing pin fin arrays is explored using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. The simulations are carried out using the LES solver, GenIDLEST, for the fluid (carrier) phase and a Langragian approach for the particle (dispersed) phase. A grid independency study and validation case versus relevant experiments are given to lend confidence to the numerical simulations. Various Stokes numbers (0.78, 3.1 and 19.5) are explored as well as three nondimensional particle softening temperatures (Î¸ST = 0, 0.37 and 0.67). The deposition is shown to increase with decreasing particle Stokes number and thus decreasing size from 0.005% for Stp = 19.5 to 13.4% for Stp = 0.78 and is almost completely concentrated on the channel walls (99.6% - 100%). The erosion potential is shown to increase with Stokes number and is highest on the pin faces. As is to be expected, the deposition increases with decreasing softening temperature from 13.4% at Î¸ST = 0.67 to 79% for Î¸ST =0. Overall, the channel walls of the array show the greatest potential for deposition. On the other hand, the pin faces show the greatest potential for erosion. Similarly, the higher Stokes number particles have more erosion potential while the lower Stokes number particles have a higher potential for erosion.
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