Modelling and industrial application of flow through two-dimensional porous media

Du Plessis, J. Prieur (2002-03)

Thesis (MScEng)--University of Stellenbosch, 2002

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: A Representative Unit Cell (RUC) model for flow through two-dimensional porous media is presented and applied to two industrial related problems. The first application is to that of cross-flow in tube banks. Both staggered and square (inline) configurations are investigated and the model results are compared to experimental data. The second application is to flow through a stack in a timber-drying kiln. The RUC model is applied to the anisotropic timber stack ends and the centre part is modelled with a standard duct flow solution. The results of the models applied to a timber stack are compared to experimental data obtained from model tests undertaken in a wind tunnel. The results of the RUC and duct flow models are found to be in excellent agreement with the data of the experimental models. These models may be used to optimize kiln designs.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: 'n Verteenwoordigende Eenheid Sel (VES) model vir vloei deur twee-dimensionele poreuse media word weergegee en toegepas op twee industriële toepassings. Die eerste toepassing is op dwarsvloei deur banke van buise. Beide gestapelde en inlyn konfigurasies word ondersoek waarvan die model resulte met eksperimentele data vergelyk word. Die tweede toepassing is op vloei deur 'n stapel in 'n hout-droogoond. Die VES model word toegepas op die anisotropiese ente van houtstapels en die middelste seksie word gemodelleer deur 'n standaard kanaalvloei oplossing. Die resultate van die modelle toegepas op n 'houtstapel word vergelyk met eksperimentele data verkry uit model toetse wat in 'n wind-tonnel uitgevoer is. Die VES en kanaalvloei modelle se resultate stem uitstekend ooreen met die data van die eksperimentele modelle. Hierdie modelle kan gebruik word om die ontwerp van droogoonde te optimeer.

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