Comparative analysis between CFD model and DHLLDV model in fully-suspended slurry flow

Xiong Ting, Sape A. Miedema, Chen Xiuhan*

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The behavior of fully-suspended slurry flow in horizontal pipeline can be simulated through two very distinct models, the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model and the Delft Head Loss & Limit Deposit Velocity (DHLLDV) model. The predicted results from simulations are compared with a series of experiment data from the literature, involving the effects of different particles volume concentration (9–42%), particle size (90–440 μm), mixture velocity (1–9 m/s), and pipe diameter (51.5–263 mm) on hydraulic gradient and particles concentration distribution, and revealing excellent agreements between two model predictions and the experimental data. Both CFD and DHLLDV, however, still have some deviations in the near-wall concentration distribution as for larger particles. Though it is observed that the accuracy for CFD will decline when particle size increases and further research is needed for improving the accuracy of the models for the near-wall flow of larger particles, it can be concluded that both CFD model and DHLLDV model apply to calculations for fully-suspended flow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-42
JournalOcean Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • CFD
  • Concentration distribution
  • Fully-suspended slurry flow
  • Hydraulic gradient


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