Project Title: Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis of Particulated Flow

Faculty Sponsor: Quamrul Mazumder

Department: CSEP/Engineering

Telephone: 810.762.3397

E-Mail: qmazumde@umflint.edu

Project Description: Particulated multiphase flow is a complex phenomenon observed in several fluid handling application with entrained solid particles in the fluid.  Due to random spatial distribution of these  particles, the flow behavior changes continuously with unpredictable pressure drops and velocity profiles.   The objective of this study is to perform computational fluid dynamics analysis of particulated flow in different geometry to determine the pressure drop, velocity and erosion behaviors.  A commercially available CFD program (FLUENT) will be used to analyze the flow behavior.   The CFD results will be compared with available experimental results for validation.

Student Tasks & Responsibilities: Students will be required to:

  1. Learn FLUENT CFD analysis software using available tutorials.
  2. Develop geometry such as elbow, u-bend, s-bends etc in Fluent
  3. Perform CFD analysis for different flow conditions and different particle sizes.
  4. Literature review of previous work and develop research papers for conference.
  5. Validate CFD results with experimental results available in literature.
  6. Meet with Project Sponsor on a regular basis and complete assigned tasks with the deadline.

Minimum Student Qualifications: 

  1. Must be a student of engineering or computer science
  2. High level of motivation to conduct research
  3. Responsible, dependable and able to work with minimum supervision
  4. Able to work as needed by the sponsor to meet project deadlines.
  5. Previous background in writing research papers and presentations.

Proposed Starting Date: 01/01/2014

Proposed Ending Date: 12/31/2014