Literature review of experimental hydrocyclone flow field studies
2007 (English)In: Separation and Purification Technology, ISSN 1383-5866, Vol. 53, no 1, 8-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The complex flow field of hydrocyclones has been experimentally investigated on several occasions. Most studies present similar results for the tangential velocity component. In the inner part of the cyclone, it resembles a solid-body rotation, while it typically has a free-vortex-like behavior in the outer part. When looking at the axial velocity component, the results are more diversified. Most studies show a downward velocity close to the wall and an upward velocity in the center. However, some studies report a heavily varying axial velocity over short radii close to the centerline. The radial velocity component appears to be the most problematic one to measure. Dissimilarities in measurement results between the studies are often greater than similarities. However, later studies agree on an increasing inward radial velocity towards the hydrocyclone center. Despite the obvious relationship, extremely little experimental research work can be found in the literature where changes to the flow field are connected to changes in separation efficiency.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 53, no 1, 8-20 p.
Hydrocyclones; Measurement techniques; Fluid mechanics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6374DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2006.09.019ISI: 000243881600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6374DiVA: diva2:11068
QC 201007012006-11-222006-11-222010-08-04Bibliographically approved