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The Computation of Swirling Flows

Dhirgham Al-Khafaji1 and Abdur Rahim2
1.Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Babylon, Bibel, Iraq
2.Department. of Mechanical Engineering, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India

Abstract—This paper presents the application of CFD for parametric investigations in the design of combustor. A can type combustor with non-swirling and swirling flows at inlet is considered for the analysis under isothermal environment. The flow characteristic in the annulus region of combustor model is looked into. The commercially available code ‘FLUENT’, based on finite volume technique and incorporates the standard k- turbulence model has been used to carry out the predictions. The numerical results are validated against experimental results and a reasonable matching is observed.

Index Terms—Annulus, Can-combustor, Dump diffuser, Recirculation zone, Swirl

Cite: Dhirgham Al-Khafaji and Abdur Rahim, "The Computation of Swirling Flows," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 30-37, April 2012.