Fluid modeling of the flow and free surface parameters in the Metaullics LOTUSS system

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ConferenceTMS 2009, 138th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, February 15-19, 2009, San Francisco, CA
Pages16; # of pages: 6
SubjectAluminum scrap recovery; Fluid modeling; Free surface flow; LOw TUrbulence Scrap Submergence (LOTUSS); computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
AbstractThe growth of aluminum product consumption has placed an emphasis on improving the efficiency of processing internally generated scrap. In the Metaullics LOTUSS System (LOw TUrbulence Scrap Submergence), aluminum machining chips can be melted at a rate in excess of 15 tons per hour with very high recovery efficiencies. A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model has been implemented to optimize the LOTUSS System to further enhance efficiency and maximize melting performance. Preliminary studies of the CFD modeling will be presented outlining the three-dimensional numerical algorithm for solving the turbulent and free-surface flow inside the LOTUSS system. CFD simulations were carried out for melting system conditions and verified against previous experimental studies. The results indicate that the free surface CFD model is an accurate representation of real-world conditions and the predictions for the position and size of the vortex cone compare very well with the measured experimental values.
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AffiliationNRC Industrial Materials Institute (IMI-IMI); National Research Council Canada
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NRC number51055
NPARC number11213128
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