Abstract

The capability of the INS3D-UP code in the prediction of turbulent flow in a sharp bend of circular cross-section has been investigated. The code, developed by the NASA Ames Research Center, is being used by the NASA Marshal Space Flight Center to analyze turbulent flow of liquid propellant in vaned pipe bends designed for use in the Space Shuttle Main Engine. The FORTRAN code is based on finite difference method and uses the concept of pseudocompressibility to solve incompressible Navier-Stokes equation. The Baldwin-Barth turbulence model is embedded in the code for turbulence computation. The flow field, at a Reynolds number of 43,000, in a sharp 90° bend has been predicted and compared with measurement. It is found that the agreement between the predicted and measured velocities is very well. The predicted pressures at the bend wall also compares reasonably well with the measurement. It is concluded that the INS3D-UP code is a good computational tool to analyze similar flow problems.

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