This paper investigates the performance of moment-based methods and a monodispersed model (Mono) in predicting the droplet size distribution and behavior of wet-steam flows. The studied moment-based methods are a conventional method of moments (MOM) along with its enhanced version using Gaussian quadrature, namely the quadrature method of moments (QMOM). The comparisons of models are based on the results of an Eulerian–Lagrangian (E–L) method, as the benchmark calculations, providing the full spectrum of droplet size. In contrast, for the MOM, QMOM, and Mono an Eulerian reference frame is chosen to cast all the equations governing the phase transition and fluid motion. This choice of reference frame is essential to draw a meaningful comparison regarding complex flows in wet-steam turbines as the most important advantage of the moment-based methods is that the moment-transport equations can be conveniently solved in an Eulerian frame. Thus, the moment-based method can avoid the burdensome challenges in working with a Lagrangian framework for complicated flows. The main focus is on the accuracy of the QMOM and MOM in representing the water droplet size distribution. The comparisons between models are made for two supersonic low-pressure nozzle experiments reported in the literature. Results show that the QMOM, particularly inside the nucleation zone, predicts moments closer to those of the E–L method. Therefore, for the test case in which the nucleation is significant over a large proportion of the domain, the QMOM provides results in clearly better agreements with the E–L method in comparison with the MOM.
Comparison of Moment-Based Methods for Representing Droplet Size Distributions in Supersonic Nucleating Flows of Steam
Contributed by the Fluids Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF FLUIDS ENGINEERING. Manuscript received July 30, 2016; final manuscript received May 6, 2017; published online October 19, 2017. Assoc. Editor: Olivier Coutier-Delgosha.
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Afzalifar, A., Turunen-Saaresti, T., and Grönman, A. (October 19, 2017). "Comparison of Moment-Based Methods for Representing Droplet Size Distributions in Supersonic Nucleating Flows of Steam." ASME. J. Fluids Eng. February 2018; 140(2): 021301. doi: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4037979
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