Comparison of turbulence models and CFD solution options for a plain pipe
Selcuk University, Mechanical Engineering Department, P.K. 42003 Selcuklu Konya, Turkey
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Published online: 4 June 2018
Present paper is partly a declaration of state of a currently ongoing PhD work about turbulent flow in a thick walled pipe in order to analyze conjugate heat transfer. An ongoing effort on CFD investigation of this problem using cylindrical coordinates and dimensionless governing equations is identified alongside a literature review. The mentioned PhD work will be conducted using an in-house developed code. However it needs preliminary evaluation by means of commercial codes available in the field. Accordingly ANSYS CFD was utilized in order to evaluate mesh structure needs and asses the turbulence models and solution options in terms of computational power versus difference signification. Present work contains a literature survey, an arrangement of governing equations of the PhD work, CFD essentials of the preliminary analysis and findings about the mesh structure and solution options. Mesh element number was changed between 5,000 and 320,000. k-ϵ, k-ω, Spalart-Allmaras and Viscous-Laminar models were compared. Reynolds number was changed between 1,000 and 50,000. As it may be expected due to the literature, k-ϵ yields more favorable results near the pipe axis and k-ωyields more convenient results near the wall. However k-ϵ is found sufficient to give turbulent structures for a conjugate heat transfer problem in a thick walled plain pipe.
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