Thermally Stratified Tanks

Thermal Stratification of a Cryogenic Tank
Is the tank half empty or half full?

Even optimists have a tough time predicting the pressure within a cryogenic tank, much less sizing pressurant bottles and designing pressure control systems based on complex transient scenarios. If the tank has been left long enough for thermal stratification to appear, it is also tough to predict the temperatures of extracted liquid even though this is often a critical parameter if you need to provide adequate subcooling for downstream pumps.

CFD tools can predict liquid positioning and slow recirculation in the nearly-stagnant ullage (vapor/pressurant) and liquid zones, especially for steady state solutions. They must often compromise thermodynamics (e.g., boiling, dissolution) and are too slow to simulate important transient events like fill, drain, and pressurization. Transient analysis of hours- or days-long stratification isn't feasible.

Flow network codes have difficulty with thermal stratification and with associated natural convection recirculation patterns.

CRTech has unique tools for modeling liquid-filled vessels, including treatment of the large uncertainties involved and all the important physics. We are continuing to develop new methods for handling the special needs of thermally stratified modeling, so check back for updates.

long term storage of LH2
Long-term storage of liquid hydrogen using an internal heat exchanger and vapor-cooled shield

For more information and sample models, please visit our forum post on modeling stratified tanks.

See also: Marine and Aircraft Fuel Tanks, LNG Transport by Rail Car, Cryogenic Design

 

Simulating Tanks and Vessels (click to register)

Tuesday October 22, 9am MT (8am PT, 11am ET)

This webinar explains options for modeling partially-full tanks, cryostats, and other vessels using TD/FloCAD. Topics include phasic nonequilibrium ("twinned tanks"), initializing two-phase mixtures, Ports, and Compartments, HTP (enclosure) ties for heat transfer, and thermally-stratified tanks.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Two-phase Flow webinar

 

Pipeline Simulation Options (click to register)

Thursday October 24, 9am MT (8am PT, 11am ET)

This webinar covers options for modeling pipelines using FloCAD Pipes. Topics include the various Pipe form options including choices for walls and heat transfer, customization and initialization, Ports with Pipes, and various options for dealing with horizontal and vertical two-phase flows including chilldown and purging.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Two-phase Flow webinar