NUMERICAL-SIMULATION OF JET-FORCED FLOW IN A CIRCULAR RESERVOIR USING DISCRETE AND RANDOM VORTEX METHODS

Alistair Borthwick, RW BARBER

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Abstract

This paper describes a Biot-Savart discrete vortex model for simulating the flow patterns which occur when a single high-velocity inflow jet is used to stir the fluid within a circular container. The first stage of the model consists of conformally mapping the circular perimeter of the container onto a rectangle by means of a Schwarz-Christoffel transformation. A potential flow solution is then obtained for the flow inside the rectangle and this is transformed to give the potential flow inside the circle. In the second stage of the simulation, discrete vortices are added at the inlet of the physical system in order to model the inflow shear layers. Velocity components resulting from the discrete vortices and their images in the walls of the cylinder are superimposed on the uniform potential flow solution. The positions of the vortices are updated using a Lagrangian tracking procedure. Viscous effects are incorporated through the use of random walks. From the results it is shown that the discrete vortex method does predict qualitatively the important features of jet-forced reservoir flow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1453-1472
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids
Volume14
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 1992

Keywords

  • DISCRETE VORTICES
  • RANDOM WALKS
  • CONFORMAL MAPPING
  • RESERVOIR FLOW
  • ARBITRARY 2-DIMENSIONAL BODIES
  • INVISCID MODEL
  • ROLL-UP
  • GENERATION
  • CYLINDERS
  • VORTICES
  • SYSTEM
  • NUMBER
  • SHEET

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