Abstract Purpose The purpose of this paper is to present a procedure to design an experimental setup meant to validate an innovative approach for simulating, via computational fluid dynamics, a high-pressure gas release from a rupture (e.g. on an offshore oil and gas platform). The design is based on a series of scaling exercises, some of which are anything but trivial. Design/methodology/approach The experimental setup is composed of a wind tunnel, the instrumented scaled (1:10) mock-up of an offshore platform and a gas release system. A correct scaling approach is necessary to define the reference speed in the wind tunnel and the conditions of the gas release to maintain similarity with respect to the real-size phenomena. The scaling of the wind velocity and the scaling of the gas release were inspired by the approach proposed by Hall et al. (1997): a dimensionless group was chosen to link release parameters, wind velocity and geometric scaling factor. Findings The theoretical scaling approaches for each different part of the setup were applied to the design of the experiment and some criticalities were identified, such as the existence of a set of case studies with some release parameters laying outside the applicability range of the developed scaling methodology, which will be further discussed. Originality/value The resulting procedure is one of a kind because it involves a multi-scaling approach because of the different aspects of the design. Literature supports for the different scaling theories but, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, fails to provide an integrated approach that considers the combined effects of scaling.
Scaling procedure for designing accidental gas release experiment / Moscatello, Alberto; Uggenti, Anna Chiara; Iuso, Gaetano; D'Ambrosio, Domenic; Cafiero, Gioacchino; Gerboni, Raffaella; Carpignano, Andrea.. - In: ENGINEERING COMPUTATIONS. - ISSN 0264-4401. - ELETTRONICO. - (2020).
|Titolo:||Scaling procedure for designing accidental gas release experiment|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/EC-12-2019-0566|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|