In the present work, the performance of Steam Ejector System in High Altitude Test (HAT) facility is numerically studied, in the absence of the condenser. Steam is used as secondary fluid to eject the burnt gases into atmosphere.
Experimental visualization of mixing of burnt gas and steam and subsequent flow pattern is difficult, hence numerical simulation using FLUENT was done and the resulting flow stream lines, static and total pressures, shock patterns are computed along the ejector system to understand the physics of the problem. Three burnt gas flow rates of 9.17, 27.5 and 45.8 kg/s corresponding to lower, mid and upper limits of ejection from the HAT facility with the steam flow rate of 50 kg/s from Ejector I and 130 kg/s from Ejector II are studied. This corresponds to three cases of Entrainment Ratios for each of the ejector.
Results show that for a burnt gas flow rate of 27.5 and 45.8 kg/s with the given dimensions of the HAT facility provided by ASL, DRDO, the gas and steam start mixing in the converging duct, pass through the mixing tube and attains atmospheric pressure at the exit of the HAT facility. For the burnt gas flow rate of 9.17 kg/s, reverse flow is observed in the Ejector II, indicating the malfunction mode of the system for the given design parameters.