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The development of dynamic CFD model of the magnetic semi-levitation of liquid metals

The development of dynamic CFD model of the magnetic semi-levitation of liquid metals

Pericleous, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-7426-9999, Bojarevics, V., Cross, M. and Tinios, G. (1997) The development of dynamic CFD model of the magnetic semi-levitation of liquid metals. In: The 1st International Conference on CFD in the Mineral & Metal Processing and Power Generation Industries, 3 - 4 July 1997, Melbourne, Australia.

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Abstract

In the casting of reactive metals, such as titanium alloys, contamination can be prevented if there is no contact between the hot liquid metal and solid crucible. This can be achieved by containing the liquid metal by means of high frequency AC magnetic field. A water cooled current-carrying coil, surrounding the metal can then provide the required Lorentz forces, and at the same time the current induced in the metal can provide the heating required to melt it.

This ‘attractive’ processing solution has however many problems, the most serious being that of the control and containment of the liquid metal envelope, which requires a balance of the gravity and induced inertia forces on the one side, and the containing Lorentz and surface tension forces on the other. To model this process requires a fully coupled dyna ic solution of the flow fields, magnetic field and heat transfer/melding process to account for. A simplified solution has been published previously providing quasi-static solutions only, by taking the irrotational ‘magnetic pressure’ term of the Lorentz force into account. The authors remedy this deficiency by modelling the full problem using CFD techniques. The salient features of these techniques are included in this paper, as space allows.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 08:59
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/61

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