CFD assisted design optimization of a flow distributor for uniform fluid distribution

Hong Liu, Peiwen Li

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Abstract

This study addresses a fundamental issue of distributing a fluid flow into a number of flow channels uniformly. A basic mechanism of flow distribution is accomplished through a channel bifurcation that symmetrically split one flow channel into two downstream channels. Applying the basic mechanism, cascades flow distributions are designed to split one flow into a large number of downstream flows uniformly. Some key parameters decisive to the flow distribution uniformity in such a system have been recognized, and the flow distribution uniformity was studied for several versions of flow distributor designs using CFD analysis. The effect of the key parameters of the flow channel designs to the flow distribution uniformity was investigated. As an example of industrial application, a novel fluid packaging device was proposed and some CFD analysis results for the device were provided. The optimized flow distributor makes a very good uniform flow distribution which will significantly improve the efficiency of fluid packaging. The technology is expected to be of great significance to many industrial devices that require high uniformity of flow distribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFluids and Thermal Systems; Advances for Process Industries
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Pages97-106
Number of pages10
EditionPARTS A AND B
ISBN (Print)9780791854921
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
EventASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011 - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Nov 11 2011Nov 17 2011

Publication series

NameASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011
NumberPARTS A AND B
Volume6

Other

OtherASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period11/11/1111/17/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Liu, H., & Li, P. (2011). CFD assisted design optimization of a flow distributor for uniform fluid distribution. In Fluids and Thermal Systems; Advances for Process Industries (PARTS A AND B ed., pp. 97-106). (ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2011; Vol. 6, No. PARTS A AND B). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/imece2011-65344