November 4, 2023 at 9:39 amhagos alemSubscriber
How can I define the phases of a mixture of water, ethanol and a stillage at the bottom of the distillater ? should i use evaporation condensation or species transport for the mass transfer case? i appreciate your responses.
November 9, 2023 at 11:39 amRobForum Moderator
I'd probably use Eulerian multiphase with species and evaporation/condensation. I'm not sure what a stillage is though, it's not a term I remember from my Uni days designing columns.
November 10, 2023 at 6:24 amhagos alemSubscriber
Thank you for the response Rob, stillage is a residual of alcohol distillation. And I do have the following questions;
- Does the species use only for creating a mixture or does have other uses?
- Should I use the species mass transfer or evaporation condensation for the mass transfer mechanism?
- Since it is batch distillation the system doesn't have an inlet so how could I specify the volume fraction of the components of the mixture? I try to patch the volume fraction of the mixtures, but Ansys results doesn't show the correct analysis.
- Lastly, I think the computational time for multiphase is very high so how could I minimize it? Regards,
November 10, 2023 at 10:55 amRobForum Moderator
Ah, we called it "bottoms" product as it was then sent off to the cracker: oil distillation!
You probably want two phases. Liquid phase, which will be a mixture of ethanol and water (I assume stillage is mostly water). Similarly a gas phase with ethanol-vapour and water-vapour. Phase change is handled in the Phase panel.
For the initial condition you will want Standard initialisation and then patch the phase/species for which ever phase wasn't in the initial condition. Use a cell zone or register for the patch. You may need to think a bit about species & phase as the species fraction is on the phase, it's a little confusing so I'd patch and post process to understand what's going on.
Multiphase models are often quite long runs. Think about 2d or 3d sectors depending on the geometry. Also look at parallel processing. There are cheats to get around some of the time issues, but you then need to understand (and defend) those assumptions.
November 10, 2023 at 11:20 amhagos alemSubscriber
Thank you very much Rob.
November 10, 2023 at 11:33 amRobForum Moderator
Oops, 2d, 2d axi-symmetric and 3d sector.
November 10, 2023 at 2:45 pmhagos alemSubscriber
I am not clear with your idea Rob, my geometry isn't axi-symetric and it is 2d. What do you mean 3d sector and Oops?
November 10, 2023 at 3:57 pmRobForum Moderator
The oops is because I always forget to explicitly mention 2d axi-symmetric on here. It's second nature to pick the most suitable option as I've been using the code for a while.
A 3d sector would be just that in a cylindrical domain. One of the ways of speeding up a simulation is to reduce the number of cells used; we still need to resolve the flow so instead we reduce the amount of domain that we model.
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