In the present paper, gas dispersion in a double turbine baffled stirred tank is modeled using a commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code FLUENT 6.1 (Fluent Inc., USA). A bubble number density equation is implemented in order to account for the combined effect of bubble break-up and coalescence in the tank. In the proposed work, the impellers are explicitly described in three dimensions using multiple reference frame model. Dispersed gas and bubbles dynamics in the turbulent water are modeled using an Eulerian–Eulerian approach with dispersed k–ε turbulent model and modified standard drag coefficient for the momentum exchange. The model predicts spatial distribution of gas holdup, average local bubble size and flow structure. The results are compared with experimental and numerical finding reported in the literature and good agreement between the present model and measurements of Alves et al. [Gas liquid mass transfer coefficient in stirred tanks interpreted through bubble contamination kinetics. Chemical Engineering Science, 2002, 57, 487–496] is achieved.
- Computational fluid dynamics (CFD); Multiphase flow; Bubble size; Gas dispersion; Mixing; Stirred tank
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