Experimental and numerical investigation of pressure drop coefficient and static pressure difference in a tangential inlet cyclone separator


CHEMICAL PAPERS, vol.66, no.11, pp.1019-1025, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 66 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.2478/s11696-012-0214-7
  • Journal Name: CHEMICAL PAPERS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1019-1025
  • Keywords: swirling flows, CFD, pressure drop, pressure drop coefficient, PARTICLE FLOW, GAS CYCLONE, PERFORMANCE, CFD, COLLECTION
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this study was to investigate the pressure drop coefficient and the static pressure difference related to the natural vortex length and to evaluate the results for gas-particle applications. CFD simulations were carried out using a numerical technique which had been verified previously. Results obtained from the numerical simulations were compared with the experimental data. Analysis of the results showed that the pressure drop coefficient decreases with the increasing inlet velocity, becoming almost constant above a certain value of the inlet velocity. The reason is that the effect of viscous forces decreases at high Reynolds numbers. The pressure drop coefficient also decreases with the increasing exit pipe diameter and decreasing exit pipe length.