Cyclonic or particle separation is a process used to extract specifically identified particulates from a fluid stream (air, gas or liquid). This cyclone separator design forgoes filters, and instead relies on vortex separation for the operation. These applications vary depending on the fluid from which particles are removed from. For example, a hydrocyclone is used for liquid, a gas cyclone for gas, and a dust or air cyclone separator is used for air fluid streams.
Typical Cyclone Separator Applications
Cyclone separators can be applied in a variety of use cases, including but not limited to:
Sawmills to remove sawdust
High-pressure washing devices
Industrial water treatment
Why Is Online Simulation with SimScale Needed for This Application?
Cyclone separator applications need to be analyzed in the early design process to ensure design validation and, more specifically, to optimize pressure drop and airflow behavior in the device.
Using cloud-based simulation from SimScale, you can evaluate pressure drop, fluid flow patterns and behavior, as well as validate your cyclone separator design before physical prototyping is needed. Using online evaluation, pressure drop can be reduced and detailed insights in sizing upstream equipment can be determined early in the design process, allowing for quick optimization.
Search our public project library for user-generated cyclone separator simulations
This project explains how to run a fluid flow simulation of a dust cyclone separator. In this particle separation experiment, the given inlet flow rate and dimension, pressure drop, and velocity distribution inside the separator are analyzed.
How to Use CFD to Evaluate Your Cyclone Separator Design
This simulation project slide deck explains how users can analyze pressure drop of a dust cyclone separator depending on the dust concentration, and specifically how to run an incompressible, steady-state airflow simulation.
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