In a previous article, 10 valve design simulations from the SimScale Projects Library were presented. In addition to the technical details available for free, the projects in the CAE library can be imported into your own workspace, making it as easy as possible to get started with valve simulations.
In this article, take a look at three valve simulations and learn about the advantages that computer-aided engineering can bring in valve design.
One of the valve simulations in the SimScale library is this project which analyzes the effect of valve positions on fluid flow through a pipeline network. Using a system of butterfly valves, complex flow scenarios have been analyzed.
The simulation investigates the airflow through an open treadle valve used in air brakes. Meshing was done using snappyHexMesh with approximately 2,700,000 volume elements.
Using the Reynolds-Averaged Navier–Stokes (RANS) approach with Turbulence modelling, this numerical simulation was performed to validate the performance parameters for incompressible flow through an industrial scale butterfly valve.
The accuracy of the simulation is shown in the two charts above, which compare the analysis results with experimental data. Especially the flow rate, which is represented by the flow coefficient, is consistent with the experiment. Read more in this article: Butterfly Valve Validation.
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