CFD SIMULATION OF EROSION BY PARTICLE COLLISION IN U-BEND AND HELICAL TYPE PIPES
Mohammad Sheikh Mamoo, Ataallah Soltani Goharrizi, Bahador Abolpour (DOI: 10.24874/jsscm.2020.14.02.01)
Erosion caused by solid particles in curve pipes is one of the major concerns in the oil and gas industries. Small solid particles flow with a carrier liquid fluid and impact the inner wall of the piping, valves, and other equipment. These components face a high risk of solid particle erosion due to the constant collision, which may result in equipment malfunctioning and even failure. In this study, the two-way coupled Eulerian-Lagrangian method with the Oka erosion and Grant and Tabakoff particle-wall rebound models approach is employed to simulate the liquid-solid flow in U-bend and helical pipes using computational fluid dynamics. The effects of operating parameters (inlet fluid velocity and temperature, particle density and diameter, and mass flow rate) and design parameters (mean curvature radius/pipe diameter ratio) are investigated on the erosion of these tubes walls. It is obtained that increasing the fluid velocity and temperature, particle mass flow and particle density increase the penetration rate, particle diameter affects the rate of penetration, and increasing mean curvature radius/pipe diameter ratio decreases the rate of penetration.