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Multi-component Lattice Boltzmann simulation of the hydrodynamics in drip emitters

Giacomo Falcucci, Vesselin K. Krastev, Chiara Biscarini
  • Giacomo Falcucci
    Department of Enterprise Engineering, Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy
  • Vesselin K. Krastev
    Department of Economics and Management, School of Engineering, University of Tuscia, Italy


In this paper, we propose a fast and efficient numerical technique based on the Lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) to model the flow through a reference drip emitter geometry. The aim of the study is to demonstrate the applicability of the LBM as a reliable simulation tool for the hydraulic optimisation of irrigation systems. Results for the water flow through a rectangular drip emitter are in good agreement with literature numerical and experimental data. Furthermore, we demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed model to simulate a multi-component flow that could be used to simulate the presence of additives, contaminants, and suspended particles.


Drip emitters; Lattice Boltzmann; hydraulic modelling; multicomponent flows; clogging.

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Submitted: 2016-12-11 21:19:43
Published: 2017-09-14 15:32:55
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