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Enhancement of the Distribution of a Liquid Sprayed Into a Fluidized Bed
International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering (2012)
  • David Zhou, University of Western Ontario
  • Mohammad Saberian, University of Western Ontario
  • Cedric Briens, University of Western Ontario
  • Franco Berruti, University of Western Ontario
  • Edward W Chan
  • Steven L McDougall

In the fluid coking process, bitumen and steam are sprayed into a fluidized bed of coke particles. The liquid reacts on the surface of the hot particles to give distillate products, light gases and coke. A good primary particle/liquid mixing in the spray jet is required in order to achieve high yields of valuable products and minimize operability problems due to particles agglomeration or loss of bed fluidity.

An Enhanced Solids Entrainment (ESE) device has been proposed to improve the mixing of droplets and particles during injection. It consists of a cylindrical tube mounted co-axially downstream of the spray nozzle. The objective of this study is to develop an effective and convenient non-invasive technique to quantify the improvements in liquid distribution on the particles that results from the use of ESE device.

A slug of 30 vol% ethanol in water solution is sprayed into a fluidized bed of sand. The bed is defluidized shortly after the start of the ethanol water injection. Then, the gas-solid contacting pattern is changed to fixed bed, with downward airflow. The evaporation rate can be obtained from the measured concentration of ethanol in the gaseous effluent. The evaporation rate depends on the wetted area that is exposed to the gas. Good primary dispersion of the liquid on particles yields a large exposed wetted area and, hence, a high evaporation rate. A model is used to estimate the distribution of liquid on the particles from the measured evaporation rate.

The experimental results show that the ESE device produces a more uniform primary liquid distribution on the particles, increasing by 7 to 21 % the mass of solids contacted by the injected liquid.

  • Fluid Coking,
  • Fluidized Bed,
  • Liquid Injection ,
  • Jet
Publication Date
March 2, 2012
Citation Information
David Zhou, Mohammad Saberian, Cedric Briens, Franco Berruti, et al.. "Enhancement of the Distribution of a Liquid Sprayed Into a Fluidized Bed" International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering Vol. 2 (2012)
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