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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2018, Article ID 7596490, 16 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/7596490
Research Article

Computational and Experimental Study of the Effect of Operating Parameters on Classification Performance of Compound Hydrocyclone

1Key Lab of Hydraulic Machinery Transient, MOE, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
2College of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, Shihezi University, Shihezi 832003, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Rui Ying; moc.621@dthfry

Received 3 January 2018; Revised 3 March 2018; Accepted 15 March 2018; Published 29 April 2018

Academic Editor: Xesús Nogueira

Copyright © 2018 Jin Jiang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Compound hydrocyclone is a kind of dynamic hydrocyclone also with the advantages of static hydrocyclone. In this investigation, the effect of operating parameters on separation performance of compound hydrocyclone is studied using both CFD technique and experimental method. The flow field of compound hydrocyclone was simulated by the RSM turbulence model; the particles with different size were simplified to 6 phases and simulated by the mixture multiphase model. The central composite design method was used to conduct the separation experiment of compound hydrocyclone. The results indicated that compound hydrocyclone can be used for finer particles separation and the flow field of compound hydrocyclone can still achieve a higher centrifugal force in lower inlet velocity. When the minimum partition size is required, the optimized operating condition of the compound hydrocyclone is = 2.5 m/s, = 1865 rpm, and = 7.5%, while when the maximum partition size is required, the optimized operating condition is = 2.5 m/s, = 905 rpm, and = 24.5%.