Lattice boltzmann simulation of high-diffusivity problems with application to energy transport in a high-temperature solar thermochemical reactor

Like Li, Abhishek Singh, Nicholas Auyeung, Renwei Mei, Jörg Petrasch, James F. Klausner

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Abstract

We describe a general technique for rescaling the highdiffusivity convection diffusion equation (CDE) when it is simulated with the lattice Boltzmann equation (LBE) method. The macroscopic CDE is recovered from the kinetic-based LBE when the mean free path of the particles is much smaller than the lattice grid size. As the relaxation time and the mean free path are proportional to the diffusion coefficient of the CDE in LBE models, direct use of a large diffusion coefficient would lead to large numerical errors in LBE simulations. To improve accuracy, we rescale the CDE by choosing a large time scale and a moderate relaxation coefficient so that the characteristic Fourier number for the diffusion process remains the same. The rescaled LBE model is first validated with two numerical tests for which analytical solutions are available: The transient heat conduction in a semi-infinite solid and that inside a circle. The comparison between the LBE results and analytical solutions shows that the numerical errors are greatly reduced when the high diffusion coefficient is rescaled down. It is then applied in a diffusion-radiation coupled model to simulate the energy transport in a high-temperature solar thermochemical reactor for hydrogen production. Rescaling of the solar flux boundary conditions and the chemical reaction source terms due to the rescaling of the diffusion coefficient is also discussed and the simulation results will be used to optimize the cavity-reactor design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conference
Subtitle of host publicationCollocated with the ASME 2013 7th Int. Conf. on Energy Sustainability and the ASME 2013 11th Int. Conf. on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, HT 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conference, HT 2013 - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: 14 Jul 201319 Jul 2013

Conference

ConferenceASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conference, HT 2013
Abbreviated titleHT 2013
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis
Period14/07/1319/07/13
OtherCollocated with the ASME 2013 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability and the ASME 2013 11th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology

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