CFD simulation of pressure piling (Articolo in rivista)

  • CFD simulation of pressure piling (Articolo in rivista) (literal)
  • 2010-01-01T00:00:00+01:00 (literal)
  • 10.1016/j.jlp.2010.03.003 (literal)
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  • Di Benedetto A.; Salzano E. (2010)
    CFD simulation of pressure piling
    in Journal of loss prevention in the process industries
  • Di Benedetto A.; Salzano E. (literal)
Pagina inizio
  • 498 (literal)
Pagina fine
  • 506 (literal)
  • 23/4 (literal)
  • ISI Web of Science (WOS) (literal)
  • copu (literal)
  • CNR-IRC (literal)
  • CFD simulation of pressure piling (literal)
  • The explosion of flammable mixtures in interconnected compartments is commonly defined as \"pressure piling\" Peak pressures much higher than the predictable thermodynamic values are likely to be generated in this geometry, yielding the phenomenon of major interest in industrial safety. In this paper, a CFD model was implemented, aiming at understanding the major factors affecting pressure piling in two cylindrical interconnected vessels, by varying the volume ratio between the two interconnected vessels and the ignition position. A combustion model was specifically developed to follow the flame propagation in any combustion regimes as a function of the local conditions: laminar, flamelet and distributed reaction zone. The model was validated by comparison with experimental results. The agreement between the experiments and the simulations has allowed the interpretation of the pressure piling phenomenon and the understanding of the mechanisms involved. More precisely, the results have showed that the pressure peak intensity is mainly affected by the coupling between the pre-compression of the mixture in the secondary vessel and the violence of explosion in the same vessel as related to the venting time, the latest quantified by the turbulent Bradley number, Brt i.e. by the reaction time to the venting time ratio. (literal)
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