Applying compute unified device architecture to investigate gaseous discharge from high-pressure vessel

Wu Shung Fu, Kun Rong Huang, Wei Hsiang Wang, Chung Gang Li

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The aim of this study is to investigate gases discharged from a high-pressure vessel numerically. To simulate this subject more realistically, the viscosity and compressibility of the gas are taken into consideration simultaneously. The methods of the Roe scheme, preconditioning, and dual time-stepping matching the lower-upper symmetric-Gauss- Seidel method are adopted to solve compressible flow problems during gaseous discharge processes. The nonreflecting boundary condition is used to prevent flowfields from being polluted by the reflection of the pressure wave induced by the compressible flow at the boundary. Computing procedures are performed on the compute unified device architecture computation platform, which was recently developed and is a highly effective technology for accelerating computational speed. Results show that the mass flow rate of this work is consistent with the existing experimental work. Because of a sudden expansion at a small opening, the phenomena of an alternating variation of the pressures of gases, rapid decrements of the temperature of gases, and a quick acceleration of the velocities of gases are remarkably observed in the mainstream direction. The ratio of the thrust caused by the gases released to the reaction force is less than 1 because of the dissipation of entropy generation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-143
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of thermophysics and heat transfer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Space and Planetary Science


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