CFD Study of Pressure Drop in Spirally Coiled Tubes
OLUFEMI, A. S., ALAH, J. and NOIKI, A. A.
Corresponding Author : A.S. Olufemi,
Department of Chemical/Petroleum Engineering, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Nigeria.
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Received : 2017-04-28 Accepted : 2017-06-10 Published : 2017-06-10
Abstract : Flow characteristics of spirally coiled tubes in terms of their secondary flow and pressure drop are investigated. Four spirally coiled tubes with different curvature ratios; under constant wall temperature, are numerically simulated using ANSYS FLUENT 12.0 CFD software. In the system, water is entering the inner-most turn and flows out at the outer-most turn. To build the numerical model, a finite volume method (FVM) with an unstructured grid system is employed for solving the Navier-Stokes equations system. Correspondingly, the standard turbulence model is employed to predict the flow development. Here, the mass flow rate in the spirally coiled tube is set to vary within the range 0.03 - 0.12 kg/s. The numerically obtained data of the pressure drop in the spiral coils are compared with the experimental data reported in the literature. A close agreement is observed between the experimental data and the results of this study. Based on the results, a new correlation is proposed for predicting the pressure drop in horizontal spiral coils.
Keywords : Spirally Coiled Tube, Pressure Drop, Numerical Model, Standard
Citation : A. S. Olufemi, et al. (2017). CFD Study of Pressure Drop in Spirally Coiled Tubes. J. of Computation in Biosciences and Engineering. V3I4. DOI : 10.5281/zenodo.1000285
Copyright : © 2017 A. S. Olufemi. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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