Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis of Multiphase Flow

Project Description

Multiphase flow with entrained particles  is common when solid paricles are mixed with air or liquid.  These particles at different concentrations can change the flow and fluid properties effecting the pressure and velocity profiles.  The flow behaviors will be ianalyzed using a computational fluid dynamics software, FLUENT.   The objective of the computational analysis is to compare and validate the data with the experimental results and then run further analysis for other flow conditions and geometry. 

The effect of multiphase flow velocities on erosion in an elbow will be explored; this study will reveal the location of maximum erosive wear in the geometry.  Identification of the magnitude and the location of erosion will help in predicting the failure mode and, thus, improving safety and reliabilities of the conditions. The results obtained from this study will be particularly useful for the designers and researchers in different industries such as automotive, oil and gas, biomedical, nuclear, and others.

The investigation is primarily aimed at developing a comprehensive approach for predicting location of maximum erosion in elbow. This project incorporates innovative approaches to integrate computational method for improved reliability of the results.  As computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis and multiphase flow are the core areas of research, this project will require runnign CFD simulations at different flow conditions and geometry.  Verification and validation of the CFD results with experimental results available  in the literature must also be performed.

Work Description

1. Beocme familar with Particle Image Velocimetry equipment ( CCD camera and laser systems)

2. Participants must be trained on use of laser and cameras

3. Develop experimental set-up and procedure

4. Literature review of previous work relevant to the project.

3. Conduct experiment using the PIV system

4. Collect and analyze data

5. Develop final report and paper for conference.

Requirements Description

1) Background in engineering and instrumentation is required.

2) Ability to learn new techniques quickly

3) Able to work independently with minimal supervision.

4) High level of responsibility and able to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.

Work Schedule

The GSRA is expected to work in 2-3 hours block for at least two days each week between 9 AM and 3 PM in the engineering laboratory.  The schedule will be developed during the beginning of the semester.

Additional Notes

1) The candidate must be able to work as required by the faculty supervisor.

2) Must have previous experience with writing research papers for conference and journals.

3) Prior experience with computational fluid dynamics software (i.e. FLUENT) is preferred

4) Undergradute degree in engineering with strong emphasis on fluid mechanics courses is  desired.

5) Must be willing and able to spend time and effort to master the CFD software (Faculty advisor will provide tarining material)

6) Due to the nature of the project, only full-time graduate students in engineering may  be considered.


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Fall 2017 and Winter 2018
Work could be done by someone not coming to campus (e.g., online or non-local student)
What majors can apply?
  • Mechanical Engineering (MSE)
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Faculty Name
Quamrul Mazumder
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