A PIV and CFD analysis of natural convection ice melting

T.J. Scanlon, M.T. Stickland, M. Lacombe

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The melting of a vertical ice cylinder in water is investigated in this paper. The experiments were carried out in a water-filled cylindrical Perspex barrel with adiabatic walls for Rayleigh numbers of 0.22x108 and 0.475x108. The ice crystal is suspended in the water and experimental images of the natural convection melting process were obtained using both shadowgraphy and particle image velocimetry (PIV) techniques. This data is compared with a numerical model which attempts to capture the melt-front on a fixed computational grid. The numerical model takes into account the density inversion effects in the water. The results show the applicability of PIV to this type of flow and demonstrate a simple numerical model to effectively resolve the melting phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Event9th International Conference on Laser Anemometry - Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 12 Sep 200114 Sep 2001


Conference9th International Conference on Laser Anemometry
CityLimerick, Ireland


  • laser anemometry
  • melting ice
  • particle image velocimetry

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