Abstract

Magnetohydrodynamic instability (MHD) in an aluminum reduction cell is due to the interactions between the conductive liquid currents and the magnetic field generated by very high currents flowing through current feeding circuit buses. Such phenomenon creates oscillations in this fluid, compromising the efficiency of the process aluminum reduction. The reduction cells consist, in their usual configuration, of a container with flat walls that accommodates the liquid. In this work, a new geometry is proposed for the container based on periodic structures, with the aim of to mitigate such oscillations. The analysis of oscillations of fluid in both configurations is made with a software developed in this work to numerically simulate the process in two dimensions. The numerical formulation employed is based on the finite-difference time-domain method to solve the Navier-Stokes equations (N-S) explicitly through the Chorin projections method. The volume and surface of the fluid are mapped using the MAC method. The liquid is treated as incompressible and viscous, in addition to being electrically conductive. The accelerations caused by magnetic field and the electric currents are coupled to N-S by calculating the Lorentz Force. The results are analyzed by calculating differences between liquid heighs obtained at rest and by applying electric currents.

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Published on 12/07/21
Submitted on 12/07/21

Volume IS04 - Advances in Multiphysics Modelling and Simulation of Electromagnetic Systems, 2021
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