2D and 3D CFD modelling of a reactive turbulent flow in a double shell supercritical water oxidation reactor
In order to design and define appropriate dimensions for a supercritical oxidation reactor, a comparative 2D and 3D simulation of the fluid dynamics and heat transfer during an oxidation process has been performed. The solver used is a commercial code, Fluent 6.2®. The turbulent flow field in the reactor, created by the stirrer, is taken into account with a k-ω model and a swirl imposed to the fluid. In the 3D case the rotation of the stirrer can be modelled using the sliding mesh model and the moving reference frame model. This work allows comparing 2D and 3D velocity and heat transfer calculations. The predicted values (mainly species concentrations and temperature profiles) are of the same order in both cases. The reactivity of the system is taken into account with a classical Eddy Dissipation Concept combustion model. Comparisons with experimental temperature measurements validate the ability of the CFD modelling to simulate the supercritical water oxidation reactive medium. Results indicate that the flow can be considered as plug flow-like and that heat transfer is strongly enhanced by the stirring.
S. Moussiere, A. Roubaud, Olivier Boutin, Pierrette Guichardon, B. Fournel, et al.. 2D and 3D CFD modelling of a reactive turbulent flow in a double shell supercritical water oxidation reactor. Journal of Supercritical Fluids, Elsevier, 2012, 65, pp.25-31. ⟨10.1016/j.supflu.2012.02.019⟩. ⟨hal-00992976⟩
Journal: Journal of Supercritical Fluids
Date de publication: 01-01-2012