Numerical Study of 3D Turbulent Cavitating Flows

  • E. GoncalvesEmail author
  • J. Decaix
  • B. Charriere
Conference paper
Part of the Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design book series (NNFM, volume 137)


A numerical investigation of the behaviour of a 3D cavitation sheet developing along a Venturi geometry has been performed using both a compressible one-fluid RANS solver and a pressure-based solver. The interplay between turbulence and cavitation regarding the unsteadiness and the structure of the flow is complex and not well understood. This constitutes a determinant point to accurately simulate the dynamic of sheet cavities. The mass transfer between phases is driven by a void ratio transport equation model. Turbulence is taken into account using Scale-Adaptive models (SAS). 3D simulations are compared with the experimental data.



The authors gratefully acknowledge the Direction Generale de l’Armement (DGA) for supporting the current work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ENSMA, Institut Pprime, CNRS UPRPoitiersFrance
  2. 2.University of Applied Sciences, HES ValaisSionSwitzerland

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