Comparison of predicted and experimental erosion estimates in slurry ducts

Wood, R.J.K., Jones, T.F., Ganeshalingam, J. and Miles, N.J. (2004) Comparison of predicted and experimental erosion estimates in slurry ducts. Wear, 256, (9-10), 937-947. (doi:10.1016/j.wear.2003.09.002).


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Computational models for the impact velocity and impact angle in a bend have been successfully applied to the flow field and validated by electrical resistance tomography (ERT) to confirm the position of particle burdens. Particle impact parameters from this work have been used as inputs to erosion models to predict wall wastage rates in a Rc/D=1.2 bend and a upstream straight pipe section. The location of damage and the levels of wall wastage agree well with those obtained from erosion trials conducted on a full scale loop rig with AISI 304 stainless steel pipework. Well-distributed but asymmetric particulate flows of sand in water have been studied at average flow velocities of 3 m s?1. Predicted erosion damage levels and locations are compared to non-destructive ultrasonic and gravimetric measurements as well as wall thickness measurements made with a micrometer after cutting the pipe and bends sections.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.wear.2003.09.002
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Keywords: Erosion; Pipes; Bends; Sand slurry; Microcutting; Wall wastage; CFD; Models
Subjects: T Technology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences
ePrint ID: 22762
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Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:42
The Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/F034296/1)
Led by: Philip Arthur Nelson
1 April 2008 to 31 March 2013

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