Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, ILASS2017 - 28th European Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems

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A new approach to modelling the two way coupling for momentum transfer in a hollow-cone spray
Andreas Papoutsakis, Sergei Sazhin, Steven Begg, Ionut Danaila, Francky Luddens

Last modified: 18-07-2017


A new approach to modelling the interaction between droplets and the carrier phase is suggested. The new model isapplied to the analysis of a spray injected into a chamber of quiescent air, using an Eulerian-Lagrangian approach. The conservative formulation of the equations for mass, momentum and energy transport is used for the analysis of the carrier phase. The dispersed phase is modelled using the Lagrangian approach with droplets represented by individual parcels.The implementation of the Discontinuous Galerkin method (ForestDG), based on a topological representation of the computational mesh by a hierarchical structure consisting of oct- quad- and binary trees, is used in our analysis. Adaptive mesh refinement (h-refinement) enables us to increase the spatial resolution for the computational mesh in the vicinity of the points of interest such as interfaces, geometrical features, or flow discontinuities. The local increase in the expansion order (p-refinement) at areas of high strain rates or vorticity magnitude results in an increase of the order of the accuracy of discretisation of shear layers and vortices.The initial domain consists of a graph of unitarian-trees representing hexahedral, prismatic and tetrahedral elements. The ancestral elements of the mesh can be split into self-similar elements allowing each tree to grow branches to an arbitrary level of refinement. The connectivity of the elements, their genealogy and their partitioning are described by linked lists of pointers. These are attached to the tree data structure which facilitates the on-the-fly splitting, merging and repartitioning of the computational mesh by rearranging the links of each node of the tree. This enables us to refine the computational mesh in the vicinity of the droplet parcels aiming to accurately resolve the coupling betweenthe two phases.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4995/ILASS2017.2017.4671

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