Project Title: Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis of Erosion in Multiphase Flow

Faculty Sponsor: Quamrul Mazumder

Department: CSEP/Engineering

Telephone: 810.762.3397

E-Mail: qmazumde@umflint.edu

Project Description: Erosion in  multiphase flow is a complex phenomenon observed in several fluid handling application with entrained solid particles in the fluid.  The entrained particles impact on the inner wall of the geometry resulting loss of materials and reduction of wall thickness.  In high pressure piping and other applications, reduced wall thickness can cause premature failure and damage of the system.    The objective of this study is to perform computational fluid dynamics analysis of erosion caused by particulated flow in different geometry.  Th effect of particle size and flow velocity on erosion will be investigated 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
  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