Chih-Yuan Hsu1 , Syuan-Jhih Wu1 and Rome-Ming Wu This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.1,2

1Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Tamkang University, Tamsui, Taiwan 251, R.O.C.
2Energy and Opto-Electronic Materials Research Center, Tamkang University, Tamsui, Taiwan 251, R.O.C.


Received: September 26, 2009
Accepted: September 6, 2010
Publication Date: March 1, 2011

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Hydrocyclone separation technique recently has been used in an increasing number of applications. Reynolds Stress Turbulence Model (RSM) and Discrete Phase Model (DPM) were employed in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) 3D simulation to draw the motion trace of single particle of different particle size and density in hydrocyclone separator. It is known that, smaller size particles flow out from overflow, larger size particles flow out from underflow, and there is a characteristic size of particles having longer residence time in hydrocyclone separator. Particle size influences separation efficiency more significantly than particle density. Simulation of particle cluster separation efficiency in hydrocyclone separator has some discrepancy from experimental result. It is because air core influence is not considered in this study.

Keywords: Hydrocyclone, CFD, DPM, RSM


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