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CFD Simulation of Magnetohydrodynamic Flow of a Liquid- Metal Galinstan Fluid in Circular Pipes

E. Gedik1, H.Kurt2, Z.Recebli1
Faculty of Technology, Karabük University, TURKEY, egedik@karabuk.edu.tr
Faculty of Engineering, Karabük University, TURKEY, hkurt@karabuk.edu.tr

Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing 2013, 9(1), 23-33. https://doi.org/10.3970/fdmp.2013.009.023

Abstract

In this paper, the steady, laminar, incompressible viscous flow of an electrically conducting liquid-metal fluid is investigated numerically in a circular non-conducting pipe. The considered work fluid is Galinstan (GaInSn, i.e. Gallium-Indium-Tin). Such a liquid metal is subjected to a constant pressure gradient along the axial direction and a uniform transverse magnetic field in the spanwise direction. Numerical simulations are performed by means of the Fluent commercial software (used to solve the governing three dimensional fluid dynamics and electromagnetic field partial differential equations iteratively). The magnetic field induction, B, takes values between 0 and 1.5 T with a 0.5 T step size. The fluid velocity is found to decrease with an increase in the intensity of the applied magnetic field. The results, plotted as a function of system parameters, are critically discussed with respect to potential industrial applications.

Keywords

MHD Flow, Liquid-metal, Galinstan, CFD, magnetic field.

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Gedik, E., , H., , Z. (2013). CFD Simulation of Magnetohydrodynamic Flow of a Liquid- Metal Galinstan Fluid in Circular Pipes. FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, 9(1), 23–33.



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