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This paper describes a finite volume procedure for network flow analysis in a thermofluid system. A flow network is defined as a group of interconnected control volumes called ‘nodes’ that are connected by ‘branches.’ The mass and energy conservation equations are solved at the nodes and momentum conservation equations are solved at the branches. The flow network also includes solid nodes to account for fluid to solid heat transfer. The heat conduction equation is solved at the solid nodes in conjunction with the flow equations. The properties of a real fluid are calculated using a thermodynamic property program and used in the conservation equations. The system of equations describing the fluid–solid network is solved by a hybrid numerical method that is a combination of the NewtonRaphson and successive substitution method. This procedure has been incorporated into a generalpurpose computer program, the Generalized Fluid System Simulation Program (GFSSP). This paper also presents the application and verification of the method by comparison with test data for several applications that include (1) internal flow in a rocket engine turbopump, (2) pressurization and loading of a cryogenic propellant tank, (3) fluid transient during a sudden opening of the valve for priming of an evacuated feed line, and (4) chilldown of a cryogenic transfer line with phase change and twophase flows. This paper also presents the extension of this finite volumebased network flow method to perform multidimensional flow calculation.
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 Title
 A Finite Volume Procedure for Thermofluid System Analysis in a Flow Network
 DOI
 https://doi.org/10.1007/9789811526701_7
 Author:

Alok Majumdar
 Publisher
 Springer Singapore
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