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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: February 2009
Keywords: sloshing, cfd, lng, validation
Organisations: Fluid Structure Interactions Group


Local EPrints ID: 63913
ISSN: 0045-7930
PURE UUID: 59d038e6-1eb8-43fb-a442-2deee2770be2
ORCID for Stephen Turnock: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 18 Nov 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:15

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Author: Bernhard Godderidge
Author: Stephen Turnock ORCID iD
Author: Mingyi Tan
Author: Chris Earl

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