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Effects of Mesh Generation on Modeling Aluminum Anode Baking Furnaces

Version 1 : Received: 24 February 2021 / Approved: 25 February 2021 / Online: 25 February 2021 (07:41:46 CET)

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Libreros, J.; Trujillo, M. Effects of Mesh Generation on Modelling Aluminium Anode Baking Furnaces. Fluids 2021, 6, 140. Libreros, J.; Trujillo, M. Effects of Mesh Generation on Modelling Aluminium Anode Baking Furnaces. Fluids 2021, 6, 140.

Journal reference: Fluids 2021, 6, 140
DOI: 10.3390/fluids6040140

Abstract

Turbulent flow is the first and fundamental physical phenomena to evaluate when optimising cost and reducing emissions from an Anode Baking Furnace (ABF). Gas flow patterns, velocity field, pressure drop, shear stress, and turbulent dissipation rate variables are the main operational parameters to be optimised, considering a specific geometry. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) allows simulating physical phenomena using numerical methods with computer resources. In particular, the finite element method is one of the most used methods to solve the flow equations. This method requires a discretisation of the geometry of the ABF, called mesh. Hence, mesh is the main input to the finite element method. A suitable mesh for applying a discretisation method determines whether the problem can be simulated or not. Generating an appropriate mesh remains a challenge to perform accurate simulations. In this work, a comparison between meshes generated using two mesh generation tools is presented. Results of different study cases are included.

Subject Areas

Anode Baking Furnaces; κ −turbulence flow model; mesh generation; Computational Fluid Dynamics

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