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Computational fluid dynamic investigation of change of volumetric flow in fluidized-bed reactors
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (2010)
  • Tingwen Li
  • Andres Mahecha-Botero
  • John Grace
Abstract
The modeling and characterization of fluidized-bed reactors is challenging due to the variety of interrelated phenomena during the fluidization process. A key feature affecting gas−solid fluidized-bed reactors is the distribution of gas flow between phases. To address this flow distribution, conventional reactor modeling and computational fluid dynamics have been proposed in the literature. However, very little attention has been given to cases where the fluid volume changes due to factors such as variation in the total molar flow due to reaction, change of phase, utilization of membranes, and changes in temperature and pressure. This article investigates change in volumetric flow based on computational fluid dynamics. It is shown that a decrease in volumetric flow can profoundly influence the hydrodynamics, especially for smaller particles, whereas an increase in volumetric flow is accommodated with limited consequences, especially for larger particles.
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Tingwen Li, Andres Mahecha-Botero and John Grace. "Computational fluid dynamic investigation of change of volumetric flow in fluidized-bed reactors" Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research Vol. 49 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tli/19/