Numerical Study of Particle Dispersion in the Turbulent Recirculation Zone of a Sudden Expansion Pipe using Stokes Numbers and Mean Drift Parameter


1 Escuela de Ingeniería Mecánica. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile

2 Grupo de Investigación de Mecánica de Fluidos aplicada a la Ingeniería Industrial, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, 28006, Spain

3 Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica, Química y Diseño Industrial. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería y Diseño Industrial. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, 28012, Spain


The dispersion of solid particles in zones of turbulent recirculation flow is of interest in various technological applications. Many experimental studies have been developed in order to know the contribution of Stokes numbers and mean drift parameter on the entering and dispersion of particles in the recirculation zone however to our knowledge there are not numerical studies reported about it. In this work, we made a numerical study of the incompressible turbulent flow laden with solid particles in sudden expansion pipes with different expansion ratios and different Reynolds number upstream of the pipe, using LES and Germano dynamic model with JetCode program for the continuous phase (air). The solid particles movement (different diameters were considered) was solved by using a Lagrangian tracking algorithm coupled to JetCode taking into account only drag and gravity forces supposing one way coupling. Finally, we calculated Stokes numbers based on the different fluid time scales and the mean drift parameter for all the solved cases and studied their isolated effect on the solid particle dispersion in the recirculation zones by computing the concentration by means of the particle number within the recirculation zones. Our results coincided with the experimental findings reported by others authors: the particle concentration exhibits a maximum value as the Reynolds number upstream in the pipe is decreased, the pipe expansion ratio is increased and particle size is decreased. Regarding the results obtained numerically about the solid particle dispersion within turbulent recirculation zones in terms of Stokes numbers and the mean drift parameters, coincided adequately with the experimental results.