Computational Fluid Dynamics


 PHOENICS 3D Temperature profiles of Two Turbine Exhausts Silencers Affecting a Platform Downstream of the Turbines


CFD Analysis of Jet Fire

CFD can be used to evaluate the benefit of installing thermal hazard mitigation measures such as the use of thermal radiation barriers to protect against flame impingement.

Jet  Flame Temperature Distribution for 0.5 inch and 1000 psig Methane Release

 Jet Flame Mass Fraction Showing Flame Envelope for 0.5 inch and 1000 psig Methane Release

 Jet Flame Thermal Radiation Distribution- Flame impingement on Butane Spheres

An example is given below for a 2-inch methane jet flame test conducted by BakerRisk. The fuel was released into an area with a matrix of pipes designed to form a congestion zone. The wind speed at the time of the experiment was estimated to be 5 m/s with cross wind at an angle close to 45° relative to the fuel release direction.  The source pressure was 250 psig and its temperature was ambient.

The figure below shows images of the flame taken from different angles during the test. The height of the congestion structure surrounding the flame is 6 ft, which indicates that the combined visual dimension of the flame (horizontal length and vertical height) is around 45 ft from the point of release (which is 10 ft upstream of congestion structure).

 Images showing Test Results of Methane Flame in Congested Zones

The Figure to follow shows the CFD results in the form of a 3D envelope of fuel concentration >0.1% mass fraction that defines the flame boundary.   A comparison between the Figures 5 & 6 clearly shows that the predicted flame shape, height and length agree reasonably well with the test results. The test was performed in an open atmosphere and wind conditions were not controlled during the test period.

The testing efforts at BakerRisk in Jet Fire Research have led to significantly improved thermal radiation contour assessment methods.

 CFD Predictions of Flame in Figure 5, Showing Predicted Flame Envelope