Validation of SPH predictions of oxide generated during Al melt transfer
by Mahesh Prakash, Gerald G. Pereira, Paul W. Cleary, Patrick Rohan, John A. Taylor
Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics, An International Journal (PCFD), Vol. 10, No. 5/6, 2010

Abstract: Aluminium melt transfer operations lead to dross formation via splashing/turbulence. Optimisation may be achieved by employing computational modelling to explore the effects of various process parameters. Existing mesh-based modelling techniques are limited due to their inability to carry history information such as accumulated oxide mass per-node. Instead, the grid-free Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics method with its Lagrangian framework is used to predict the oxide mass generated during a melt transfer from a tilting furnace into a sow mould. An oxidation model based on laboratory-scale skimming trials is used. Favourable comparisons with experimentally measured oxide levels are obtained for various transfer rates.

Online publication date: Sun, 26-Sep-2010

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