Numerical Investigation of Transient Flow Effects on the Separation Parameters of a Reverse Flow Type Cyclone Particle Separator
This study is concerned with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of flow in an automotive reverse flow type cyclone particle separator using the Reynolds Stress Model (RSM) turbulence model. Steady simulations were found to never fully converge, with pressure, velocity and vorticity results exhibiting small oscillations as the solution was iterated further. Transient simulations showed the presence of a main vortex precession that resulted in periodic fluctuations of the flow parameters. Fourier analysis was used to characterize this semi-periodic flow feature and to assess its effect on the two main performance measures of the cyclone: overall pressure drop and particle separation efficiency.