The DPM model (discrete phase model) considering the motion of solid particles was used to simulate the complex spiral flow characteristics of hydrate in the pipe spinning up with long twisted band. The deposition and heat transfer characteristics of gas hydrate particles in the pipe spiral flow were studied. The velocity distribution, pressure drop distribution, heat transfer characteristics and particle settling characteristics of the flow field in the pipeline were investigated. The numerical results show that, compared with the straight flow of light pipe without twisted band, two obvious eddies are formed in the flow field under the spinning action of twisted band, and the velocities are maximum at the center of the eddies. Along the direction of the pipe, the two vortices move towards the pipe wall from near the twisted band, which can effectively carry the hydrate particles deposited on the pipe wall. With the same Reynolds number, the greater the twist ratio, the weaker the spiral strength, the smaller the tangential velocity of the spiral flow, and the smaller the pressure drop of the pipe. Therefore, the pressure loss can be reduced as much as possible while ensuring the spinning effect of the spiral flow. In a straight light pipe flow, the Nusser number is in a parabolic shape with the opening downwards. At the center of the pipe, the Nusser number gradually decreases towards the pipe wall at the maximum, and at the near wall, the attenuation gradient of Nu is large. For spiral flow, the curve presented by Nusserr number shows a trough at the center of the pipe and a peak at 1/2 of the pipe diameter. With the reduction of twist rate, the Nussel number becomes larger and larger. Therefore, the spiral flow can make the temperature distribution in the flow field in the pipeline more even, and prevent the large temperature difference resulting in the mass formation of hydrate particles in the pipeline wall. Spiral flow has a good carrying effect. Under the same working condition, the spiral flow carries hydrate particles at a distance about 3-4 times that of the straight flow.

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Posted 09 Dec, 2020

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The DPM model (discrete phase model) considering the motion of solid particles was used to simulate the complex spiral flow characteristics of hydrate in the pipe spinning up with long twisted band. The deposition and heat transfer characteristics of gas hydrate particles in the pipe spiral flow were studied. The velocity distribution, pressure drop distribution, heat transfer characteristics and particle settling characteristics of the flow field in the pipeline were investigated. The numerical results show that, compared with the straight flow of light pipe without twisted band, two obvious eddies are formed in the flow field under the spinning action of twisted band, and the velocities are maximum at the center of the eddies. Along the direction of the pipe, the two vortices move towards the pipe wall from near the twisted band, which can effectively carry the hydrate particles deposited on the pipe wall. With the same Reynolds number, the greater the twist ratio, the weaker the spiral strength, the smaller the tangential velocity of the spiral flow, and the smaller the pressure drop of the pipe. Therefore, the pressure loss can be reduced as much as possible while ensuring the spinning effect of the spiral flow. In a straight light pipe flow, the Nusser number is in a parabolic shape with the opening downwards. At the center of the pipe, the Nusser number gradually decreases towards the pipe wall at the maximum, and at the near wall, the attenuation gradient of Nu is large. For spiral flow, the curve presented by Nusserr number shows a trough at the center of the pipe and a peak at 1/2 of the pipe diameter. With the reduction of twist rate, the Nussel number becomes larger and larger. Therefore, the spiral flow can make the temperature distribution in the flow field in the pipeline more even, and prevent the large temperature difference resulting in the mass formation of hydrate particles in the pipeline wall. Spiral flow has a good carrying effect. Under the same working condition, the spiral flow carries hydrate particles at a distance about 3-4 times that of the straight flow.

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