Volume 46: Energy Transitions toward Carbon Neutrality: Part IX

Numerical modelling of a looped travelling wave thermoacoustic engine Tze Yeung Cho, Jingyuan Xu, Simone Hochgreb



This article presents a two-dimensional axis-symmetric computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation of a three-stage travelling wave thermoacoustic engine using Ansys Fluent. The model incorporates porous media submodels to represent heat exchangers and regenerators, operating at a heating temperature of 600 K and an ambient temperature of 293 K, with helium as the working fluid stabilised around 3 MPa mean pressure. In comparison to traditional network models, CFD yields accurate results in solving the flow field and captures higher-order details in the fluid domain.

Keywords computational fluid dynamics (CFD), thermoacoustic, refrigeration, engine

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