OJFD  Vol.2 No.3 , September 2012
Computational Analysis of Mixing Guide Vane Effects on Performance of the Supersonic Ejector-Diffuser System
ABSTRACT
The flow field in the ejector-diffuser system and its optimal operation condition are hardly complicated due to the complicated turbulent mixing, compressibility effects and even flow unsteadiness which are generated inside the ejector- diffuser system. This paper aims at the improvement in ejector-diffuser system by focusing attention on entrainment ratio and pressure recovery. Several mixing guide vanes were installed at the inlet of the secondary stream for the purpose of the performance improvement of the ejector system. A Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) method based on Fluent has been applied to simulate the supersonic flows and shock waves inside the ejector. A finite volume scheme and density-based solver with coupled scheme were applied in the computational process. Standard k-ω turbulent model, implicit formulations were used considering the accuracy and stability. Previous experimental results showed that more flow vortexes were generated and more vertical flow was introduced into the stream under a mixing guide vane influence. Besides these effects on the secondary stream, the mixing guide vane effects on the shock system of the primary stream were also investigated in this paper. Optimal analysis results of the mixing guide vane effects were also carried out in detail in terms of the positions, lengths and numbers to achieve the best operation condition. The comparison of ejector performance with and without the mixing guide vane was obtained. The ejector-diffuser system performance is discussed in terms of the entrainment ratio, pressure recovery as well as total pressure loss.

Cite this paper
F. Kong, H. Kim, Y. Jin and T. Setoguchi, "Computational Analysis of Mixing Guide Vane Effects on Performance of the Supersonic Ejector-Diffuser System," Open Journal of Fluid Dynamics, Vol. 2 No. 3, 2012, pp. 45-55. doi: 10.4236/ojfd.2012.23005.
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