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Février 2022 - Lattice-Boltzmann methods for compressible flows / PhD defense Gabriel Farag
Doctorant : Fabriel FARAG

Date de soutenance : le 4 février 2022 à 14h00 ; Amphi 3 Centrale Marseille

Abstract  : Since the late 1970's, computational fluid dynamics solvers became essentials due to increasingly complex applications requiring fluid solutions. The small scales necessary for industrial applications often need a very fine grid or very small timestep. This dramatically increases the computational cost of nowadays simulations. To design more computationally efficient solvers, a popular approach is to use Lattice-Boltzmann methods. Originating from the kinetic theory of gases, this method have gained a tremendous popularity among fluid dynamicists due to its cheap and easily implemented collide & stream algorithm. However, its intrinsic assumptions confines classical Lattice-Boltzmann solvers to weakly compressible flows. Yet, some compressible models have been proposed. The purpose of this manuscript is to improve the robustness as well as accuracy of compressible Lattice-Boltzmann models. To this end, the Lattice-Boltzmann method is fully reinterpreted as a numerical scheme. This allows a straightforward and parsimonious derivation of the equivalent Navier-Stokes-Fourier system using the sole assumption of a negligible timestep. Using this formalism, the order of accuracy is shown to depend on the collision kernel, as well as the mechanical constitutive model. Various models are investigated and we show that the Knudsen number is not the sole parameter controlling the consistency with the Navier-Stokes-Fourier model. Additionally, capabilities of the entropy equation to model low supersonic flows is explained through standard shock wave theory arguments. A MUSCL-Hancock scheme is employed to discretize the entropy equation and improve both stability and accuracy compared to previous schemes. Equipped with this new formalism, a compressible pressure-based model is proposed and validated on various supersonic test cases. Then, we unify all compressible models proposed by our group under a single formalism and investigate the differences and optimal choices for the various degrees of freedom of our family of models. Finally, this unified model is validated on high supersonic smooth flows and low supersonic shocked flows. 

Directeur de these M. Pierre BOIVIN CNRS / M2P2
CoDirecteur de these  M. Guillaume CHIAVASSA  Centrale Marseille
Rapporteur M. Rémi ABGRALL Univertität Zürich
Rapporteur M. Jonas LATT Université de Genève
Examinateur Mme Paola CINNELLA Sorbonne Université
Examinateur M. Manfred KRAFCZYK Technische Universität Braunschweig
Examinateur M. Pierre SAGAUT Aix-Marseille Université / M2P2
15 Décembre 2021 - Study of the energy potential for a water supply network / Soutenance de thèse Gautier HYPOLITE
Doctorant : Gautier HYPOLITE

Date de soutenance :  mercredi 15 Décembre 2021 à 14:00 (Amphithéâtre du CEREGE / Technopôle de l'Arbois-Méditerranée, BP80, 13545 Aix-en-Provence)

Abstract : In order to reduce fossil fuels consumption for heating and cooling, different heat sources can be considered. Given theamount of water they carry, water supply systems can play this role and appear to have a high thermal potential. To date, this source has not been used: the main problem is to optimize the sizing of the equipment according to the temporal variability of water flow, water temperature, and the heat (or cold) demand. A first task is to evaluate the available thermal energy. For this purpose, a model based on a minimum number of measurements has been developed. It allows to determine the annual evolution of the temperature and the flow at each point of the network. Temporal variations of water demand and soil surface temperature are taken into account. The ground surface temperature is obtained by satellite measurements. Water flow, soil temperature and water temperature measurements in the network are performed to validate the models and the soil thermal properties. A simulation of the water system hydraulic and thermal behavior is performed for the year 2018 and compared to these measurements. The impact on the water temperature of adding several heat exchanges to the network is then evaluated with this model. In this study, the potential of a raw water system (composed of 5000 km of pipes, and transporting 200 million cubic meters of water per year in the south of France) is studied. As the temperature, the flow rate and heat demand are highly time dependent, a method has been developed to optimize the sizing and location of the exchange systems. This method is based on minimizing the entropy generation in the heat exchanger between the water pipes and the users. The dynamic behavior of a simple heat exchanger (concentric tube) between the network and the user is modeled (pressure profile and fluids and wall temperature calculation). The value of entropy generation due to temperature difference and pressure drop in the exchanger is obtained in transient operation, this value is used as an objective function for the optimization. The results based on the cooling of a data center show that the entropy gain is significant when the optimal size of the heat exchanger is chosen. The use of the raw water network connected to a reversible heat pump for heating and cooling a building has also been studied and results in a high gain compared to an air source heat pump. 

Jury :
Directeur de these M. Jean-Henry FERRASSE Aix Marseille Université
Rapporteur M. Clausse MARC INSA LYON
Rapporteur M. Francois LANZETTA Unversité de Franche-Conté
Examinateur Mme Nathalie MAZET Université de Perpignan
CoDirecteur de these M. Olivier BOUTIN Aix Marseille Université
Examinateur M. Sylvain SERRA LaTEP
26 November 2021 - Ultrafiltration as urban wastewater tertiary treatment for water reuse at semi-industrial scale / Thesis defense Jiaqi YANG
Doctorant : Jiaqi YANG 

Date de soutenance :   Vendredi 26 November 2021 à 10h (Grand Amphithéâtre du CEREGE - Site de l'Arbois) 

Abstract : Water reuse is a sustainable development strategy that benefits society and future generations. In this study, a semi-industrial ultrafiltration (UF) pilot plant established at the outlet of a wastewater treatment plant was studied to assess its feasibility and sustainability for non-potable water reuse. The optimization of operating conditions made it possible to support reliable and sustainable filtration performance, the operating conditions were optimized through comparative analysis in terms of water quality, permeability variation, irreversible fouling management, and water recovery rate. The best conditions were J80t40BW1/3 (flux of 80 L·h−1·m−2, filtration cycle time of 40 min, 1 air backwash followed by 3 classical backwashes), J60t60BW1/4 and J60t60BW1/3. The long-term study on condition J60t60BW1/3 provides sustainable and adaptable filtration performance regardless of the temperature and feed water quality variation. In addition, the air backwashes enabled excellent reversibility of membrane fouling, which was approximately 1.25 to 2 times higher than of classic backwashes in average. The quality of the UF permeate was good enough to be reused in non-potable purposes as it met reuse guidelines of the World Health Organization, reuse standards of France, and the most recent EU regulation for agricultural irrigation. A specific study of membrane cleaning has shown that the addition of NaClO in backwash water can greatly increase cleaning efficiency of air backwashes. Finally, the calculation of the capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operational expenditure (OPEX) of the UF system under optimized conditions gives a profitable net unit price for water production. Through this thesis, UF is confirmed to be a reliable tertiary treatment for water reuse and the results give operational indications for the industrial scale and provides proposals for the management of membrane fouling by air backwash with chemical assistance. 

Jury :
Annabelle COUVERT (Examinateur) / Professeur des Universités, ISCR, ENSC Rennes
Lionel ERCOLEI (Membre invité) /Directeur de l’Innovation, Société des Eaux de Marseille Métropole
Marc HÉRAN (Rapporteur) / Professeur des Universités, IEM, Université de Montpellier
Stéphanie LABORIE (Rapporteur) / Maître de Conférences HDR, TBI, INSA Toulouse
Mathias MONNOT (Co-Directeur de Thèse) / Maître de Conférences, M2P2, Aix-Marseille Université
Philippe MOULIN (Directeur de Thèse) / Professeur des Universités, M2P2, Aix-Marseille Université
Patrick SAUVADE (Membre Invité) / Product manager, Aquasource, Toulouse

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