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Development of a pressure based vortex-shedding meter: measuring unsteady mass-flow in variable density gases
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics. KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Competence Center for Gas Exchange (CCGEx).
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics. KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Competence Center for Gas Exchange (CCGEx). KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, Linné Flow Center, FLOW. (HENRIK ALFREDSSON)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0976-2004
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics. KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Competence Center for Gas Exchange (CCGEx). KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, Linné Flow Center, FLOW. (HENRIK ALFREDSSON)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1146-3241
2016 (English)In: Measurement science and technology, ISSN 0957-0233, E-ISSN 1361-6501, Vol. 27, no 8, article id 085901Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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An entirely pressure-based vortex-shedding meter has been designed for use in practical time-dependent flows. The meter is capable of measuring mass-flow rate in variable density gases in spite of the fact that fluid temperature is not directly measured. Unlike other vortex meters, a pressure based meter is incredibly robust and may be used in industrial type flows; an environment wholly unsuitable for hot-wires for example. The meter has been tested in a number of static and dynamic flow cases, across a range of mass-flow rates and pressures. The accuracy of the meter is typically better than about 3% in a static flow and resolves the fluctuating mass-flow with an accuracy that is better than or equivalent to a hot-wire method.

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Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP), 2016. Vol. 27, no 8, article id 085901
Keywords [en]
vortex-meter, pulsating, mass-flow, measurement, unsteady
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Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-190551DOI: 10.1088/0957-0233/27/8/085901ISI: 000380124800037Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84979085082OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-190551DiVA, id: diva2:952715
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QC 20160815

Available from: 2016-08-15 Created: 2016-08-12 Last updated: 2019-04-17Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Dynamics of Exhaust Valve Flows and Confined Bluff Body Vortex Shedding
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dynamics of Exhaust Valve Flows and Confined Bluff Body Vortex Shedding
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Dynamik för avgasventilflöden och virvelavlösning från trubbiga kroppar
Abstract [en]

This thesis can be divided into two interconnected topics; engine exhaust-valve flows and confined bluff-body vortex shedding. When optimising engine flow systems it is common to use low order simulation tools that require empirical inputs, for instance with respect to flow losses across the exhaust valves. These are typically obtained from experiments at low pressure ratios and for steady flow, assuming the flow to be insensitive to the pressure ratio and that it can be considered as quasi-steady. Here these two assumptions are challenged by comparing measurements of mass-flow rates under steady and dynamic conditions at realistic pressure ratios. The experiments with a static valve were carried out using a high-pressure flow bench at cylinder pressures up to 500 kPa. For the dynamic-valve experiments the transient flow rate during the blowdown phase of an initially pressurised cylinder was determined. Here a linear motor actuated the valve to obtain equivalent engine speeds in the range 800–1350 rpm. It was shown that neither of the above mentioned assumptions are valid and a new non-dimensional quantification of the steadiness of the process was formulated. Furthermore it was shown through Schlieren visualisation that the shock structures in the exhaust port differ depending on if the system dynamics are included or not. The study shows that reliable results of flow losses past exhaust valves can only be obtained in dynamic experiments at representative pressure ratios. The second topic arose from the need to monitor time-resolved mass-flow rates in conduits. A mass-flow meter based on vortex shedding from bluff bodies was designed where microphones are used to detect the shedding frequency. It consists of a forebody and a downstream mounted tail and the system was shown to be capable of measuring pulsating flow rates. Furthermore, the flow topology associated with different forebody and splitter plates has been characterised, through visualisation of the flow behind the shedder and on the splitter plate. It has been shown that for long splitter plates a “horse shoe” like vortex, which attaches to the tail, is formed. It has also been shown that another energetic mode (denoted mode-II) can interact with and disrupt the primary vortex formation. A hypothesis for the appearance of mode-II has been formulated, linking it to the periodic separation of the boundary layer at the conduit wall.

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2019. p. 77
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TRITA-MEK, ISSN 0348-467X ; 2019:16
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Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
Research subject
Engineering Mechanics
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-249702 (URN)978-91-7873-159-6 (ISBN)
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2019-05-24, F3, Stockholm, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2019-04-23 Created: 2019-04-17 Last updated: 2019-04-23Bibliographically approved

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