and Applied Mechanics
50, 4, pp. 889-902, Warsaw 2012
Universal weighting function in modeling transient cavitating pipe flow
A new procedure for determination, so-called, a universal laminar-turbulent weighting function, which combines functions of Zielke and Vardy and Brown or Zielke and Zarzycki, is presented. Based on these weighting functions, the method of simulation transients in the pressure lines in a wide range of Reynolds numbers is presented. It eliminates numerical problems associated with the change of laminar flow into turbulent and vice versa. An example application of this method for simulation of water hammer is presented. The calculation results are compared against experiments presented by Bergant and Simpson, and good agreement is found.