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Numerical Simulation of Sand Erosion in Steam/Water Separator

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Susumu Kato, Kazuyuki Toda, Makoto Yamamoto

Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan

Motoaki Shito, Masafumi Kawai

Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Company, Ltd., Yokohama, Japan

Paper No. FEDSM2003-45745, pp. 559-564; 6 pages
  • ASME/JSME 2003 4th Joint Fluids Summer Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: Fora, Parts A, B, C, and D
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, July 6–10, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3696-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3673-8
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


This paper presents an investigation into a phenomenon that happened on the wall surface of a Steam / Water Separator (SWS). It was reported that erosion caused from unknown solid particle took place on the SWS wall. In order to capture this sand erosion phenomenon numerically, the SWS flow field was solved, and then particle trajectory and wear quantity were calculated, based on the CFD results. Several wall and particle materials and also the combinations of them are assumed. Furthermore, the particle diameter was varied from 10−6 to 10−2 m. The numerical results insist that the particle, which could be the factor of the phenomenon, is limited in its diameter range and its material. The present study will be an aid to clarify the cause of sand erosion in a SWS.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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