Advanced integral model for groups of interacting round turbulent buoyant jets
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An integral model that combines all advantages of Superposition Method (SM), Entrainment Restriction Approach (ERA) and Second Order Approach (SOA) is proposed to predict the mean axial velocity and concentration fields of a group of N interacting vertical round turbulent buoyant jets. SM is successful in predicting the fields of mean axial velocity and mean concentration for a group of N interacting jets or plumes and ERA is advantageous in predicting the above fields for either two or large number (N → ∞) of interacting buoyant jets in the whole range of buoyancy. SOA takes into consideration in a dynamic way the turbulent contribution to the momentum and buoyancy fluxes and provides better accuracy than the usual procedures. A novelty of the proposed model is the production and utilisation of advanced profile distributions, convenient for the mean axial velocities and concentrations in a cross-section of the entire group of buoyant jets. These profiles are developed on the basis of flux conservation of momentum, buoyancy and kinetic energy for the mean motion. They enhance dynamic adaptation of the individual buoyant jet axes to the group centreline. Due to these profile distributions, the present model owns generality of application and better accuracy of predictions compared to usual integral models using simple Gaussian or top-hat profiles; thus it conferred the name Advanced Integral Model (AIM). AIM is herein applied to predict the mean flow properties of two different arrangement types of any number of buoyant jets: (a) linear diffusers and (b) rosette-type risers. Present results are compared to available experimental data and traditional solutions based on Gaussian profiles. Findings may be useful for design purposes and environmental impact assessment.
KeywordsMultiple buoyant jets Buoyant jet merging Integral models Mean flow properties Multiport diffuser Rosette-type riser Sea outfall
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