A recurrence CFD study of heat transfer in a fluidized bed

T. Lichtenegger, E.A.J.F. Peters, J.A.M. Kuipers, S. Pirker

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Significant progress in modeling and simulation techniques has opened the door to accurate descriptions of highly dynamic gas-solid flows. However, such investigations are limited to short durations by enormous computational costs, making long-term numerical experiments on slow processes like heat transfer unfeasible. We employ the potentially groundbreaking new approach recurrence CFD to decouple fast, recurrent dynamics from slower degrees of freedom. This allows us to study heat transfer in lab-scale fluidized beds consisting of about 57 000 and 95 000 particles (View the MathML sourceTp,0=90°C,Tgas,in=20°C), respectively, at 1/300 of the runtime of conventional CFD-DEM simulations on the same hardware with hardly distinguishable evolutions of particle mean temperatures even after View the MathML source60s process time. A detailed performance analysis reveals possible future improvements on the way to industrial-size systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-322
Number of pages13
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2017


  • Decoupling of time scales
  • Fluidized bed
  • Heat transfer
  • Recurrence CFD


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