Optimization of a vortex chamber with FLOW-3D (x)
Predicting fluid behavior when comparing design alternatives for a hydraulic structure is always a difficult task. Small modifications to a design can drive the system to dramatically better or worse performance. This example of an optimized vortex chamber illustrates how FLOW-3D (x) can be applied to address the complexity of fluid behavior. The vortex that develops in the rotating flow of the chamber is essential for separating water from solid suspensions. Once that objective is well defined in FLOW-3D (x), the software automatically applies changes in the rotating chamber structure, suggesting the shape that is most effective for vortex formation.