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Physical Separation in Science and Engineering
Volume 2010, Article ID 510570, 10 pages
Research Article

A Numerical Study of the Impact of Radial Baffles in Solid Bowl Centrifuges Using Computational Fluid Dynamics

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Mechanical Process Engineering and Mechanics (MVM), Straβe am Forum 8, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

Received 17 March 2010; Revised 24 June 2010; Accepted 13 July 2010

Academic Editor: Liangyin Chu

Copyright © 2010 Xiana Romaní Fernández and Hermann Nirschl. 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.


Centrifugal separation equipment, such as solid bowl centrifuges, is used to carry out an effective separation of fine particles from industrial fluids. Knowledge of the streams and sedimentation behavior inside solid bowl centrifuges is necessary to determine the geometry and the process parameters that lead to an optimal performance. Regarding a given industrial centrifuge geometry, a grid was built to calculate numerically the multiphase flow of water, air, and particles with a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. The effect of internal radial baffles on the multiphase flow was investigated. The results show that the baffles are helpful for the acceleration of the fluid, but they disturb the axial boundary layer, making it irregular, and originate a secondary circulating flow which hinders the sedimentation of small particles.