Energy Research Journal

Modeling and Optimization of the Vortex Tube with Computational Fluid Dynamic Analysis

K.K. Zin, A. Hansske and F. Ziegler

DOI : 10.3844/erjsp.2010.193.196

Energy Research Journal

Volume 1, Issue 2

Pages 193-196


Problem statement: This study illustrated the influence of the Length to Diameter (L/D) on the fluid flow characteristics inside the counter-flow Ranque-Hilsch vortex tube predicted by Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) and validated through experiment. Approach: The swirl velocity, axial velocity, radial velocity component and also secondary circulation flow (back-flow) along with the pressure within the vortex tube were simulated and proved. Results: The standard k-epsilon turbulence model which is one of the standard turbulence models of FLUENTTM was being used. As a first step, results of simulation will be presented also with varying amounts of cold faction. Conclusion/Recommendations: In the present study, the velocity and the pressure were investigated along the axial and radial directions to understand the flow behavior inside the tube.


© 2010 K.K. Zin, A. Hansske and F. Ziegler. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.