Mathematical and experimental modelling of flow of air-saturated water through a convergent-divergent nozzle
VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Hydromechanics and Hydraulic Equipment, 17. listopadu 15/2172, 708 33 Ostrava – Poruba, Czech Republic
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Published online: 28 March 2016
In hydraulic elements an under-pressure is generated during fluid flow around sharp edges or changing the flow cross-section (e.g. for valves, switchgear, nozzles). In these locations air suction by leakages or release of air from the liquid during cavitation may occur. When flow modelling using classical mathematical model of cavitation at higher flow rates there is disagreement in the measured and calculated hydraulic variables before and behind hydraulic element. Therefore, it is necessary to use a mathematical model of cavitation applied to the three-phase flow (water, vapour, air). Nowadays it is necessary to look for mathematical approaches, which are suitable for quick engineering use in sufficiently precision numerical calculations. The article is devoted to theoretical investigation of multiphase mathematical model of cavitation and its verification using a laboratory experiment. At first case the k-ε RNG turbulent mathematical model with cavitation was chosen in accordance  and was applied on water flow with cavitation (water and vapour) in a convergent-divergent nozzle. In other cases a solution of water flow with cavitation and air saturation was investigated. Subsequently, the results of mathematical modelling and experimental investigation focused on monitoring of air content and its impact on the value of hydraulic parameters and the size of the cavitation area were verified.
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