Numerical simulations of 3D liquid film flowing over corrugated geometry: application to the cooling of electric engines (SOLAIZE or RUEIL)

Stage en Energétique

  • Début

    Entre février et avril 2024
    5 mois
  • Localisation

    Auvergne et Rhône-Alpes
  • Indemnité

[Réf. : IFPEN_Stage_2024_R116_01]

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IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) is a public-sector research and training center. It has an international scope, covering the fields of energy, transport and the environment. From research to industry, technological innovation is central to all its activities. As part of the public interest mission with which it has been tasked by the public authorities, IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) focuses on:

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Numerical simulations of 3D liquid film flowing over corrugated geometry: application to the cooling of electric engines (SOLAIZE or RUEIL)

The context of the internship is the cooling of electric engines.

The heat generated by the electric motor is due to losses within multiple components like stator windings, rotor magnets or conductors. Among the different cooling strategies, this study focuses on an active convective cooling technology, where heat is removed from the motor to eventually be rejected to the ambient environment. Heat may be extracted through active cooling using a cooling jacket or a spray directly injecting a cold liquid on the stator or the rotor.

To design and evaluate the performance of such a cooling system, we need to estimate the heat transfer coefficients between the solid part of the motor (stator windings, rotor magnets…) and the cooling liquid-film flowing over it.

The objective of the internship is to simulate with CONVERGE software a 3D liquid film flowing over a flat or corrugated solid plate, using an interface tracking method (VoF). Work has already been initiated to simulate 2D stationary liquid films.

During the internship, the methodology established during this preliminary study will be transposed to 3D configurations where falling liquid films exhibit side contact lines. First, the intern will reproduce the flows of 3D liquid films on flat plates reported in the literature (Lan et al. (2010), Mahady et al. (2016), Lavalle et al. (2020)). In particular, a mesh sensitivity study in the presence of a contact angle model will be carried out. We will then extend these calculations to corrugated plate configurations and compare the results with data from the literature (Aksel et al. (2018), Dietze et al. (2019)).

This internship work will enable us to study the behaviour of liquid films and generate reference numerical data that can then be used as part of a PhD proposed for 2024, whose aim is to develop and implement an Eulerian thick film model.

The internship will be organized as follows:

  • Literature review on experimental data
  • Prepare and run simulations on IFPEN supercomputers
  • Results analysis and comparison with experimental results
  • Write a research report

The intern will interact with the numerical and experimental team involved in the cooling of electric motors. He/she will also share his/her work progress on a regular basis with the supervisors, as well as other members of the team.

Academic requirement:

University master degree student or 3rd year engineering school

  • Scientific requirement: Fluid mechanics, numerical simulation, multiphase flows, CFD, scientific computing, Linux, scripting (Python)
  • Language requirement: Fluent in English or in French

 Location: IFP Energies nouvelles, Solaize (near Lyon in France) or Rueil Malmaison (near Paris in France)

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IFP Energies nouvelles - Sciences et Technologies du Numérique - Guillaume VINAY
IFP Energies nouvelles - Etablissement de Lyon, Solaize, France - 69360 Solaize
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