An investigation of multiphase CFD modelling of a lateral sloshing tank


Godderidge, Bernhard, Turnock, Stephen, Tan, Mingyi and Earl, Chris (2009) An investigation of multiphase CFD modelling of a lateral sloshing tank. Computers & Fluids, 38, (2), 183-193. (doi:10.1016/j.compfluid.2007.11.007).

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A near-resonant, sway-induced sloshing flow in a rectangular tank is used to compare a homogeneous and inhomogeneous multiphase approach for fluid density and viscosity in a commercial CFD code. Dimensional analysis of the relative motion between the phases suggests the application of an inhomogeneous multiphase model whereas previous published work has used the computationally cheaper homogeneous (or average property) approach. The comparison between the computational and experimental results shows that the homogeneous model tends to underestimate the experimental peak pressures by up to 50%. The inhomogeneous multiphase model gives good agreement with the experimental pressure data. Examination of the relative velocity at the fluid interface confirms that the inhomogeneous model is the appropriate model to use for the simulation of a violent sloshing flow.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0045-7930 (print)
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Keywords: sloshing, cfd, lng, validation
Subjects: T Technology > TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
V Naval Science > VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Fluid-Structure Interactions
ePrint ID: 63913
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:45
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/63913

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