Novel bubble-emulsion hydrodynamic model for gas-solid bubbling fluidized beds

Xi Gao, Li Jun Wang*, Cheng Wu, You Wei Cheng, Xi Li

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A bubble-emulsion two-fluid model is proposed for the simulation of gas-solid flow in bubbling fluidized beds. This work proposes an analogous research program, according to the analogies in the flow regime and the mechanism between a gas-solid bubbling fluidized bed and a gas-liquid bubble column. The research includes a complete description of the constitutive relationship for interphase forces around the bubbles, a comprehensive investigation of correlations for bubble and emulsion phase properties, and an in-depth analysis of the mechanism of radial nonuniformity in a fluidized bed. The model is verified through comparison of simulated results with experimental data of both Geldart A and B particles. The model is conducted on a coarse grid which shows more potential for the simulation of commercial fluidized equipment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10835-10844
Number of pages10
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number31
StatePublished - 7 Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes


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