Effect of superficial gas velocity on the solid temperature distribution in gas fluidized beds with heat production

M. Banaei, J.S.H. Jegers, M. van Sint Annaland, J.A.M. Kuipers, N.G. Deen

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Abstract

The hydrodynamics and heat transfer of cylindrical gas-solid fluidized beds for polyolefin production was investigated with the two-fluid model (TFM) based on the kinetic theory of granular flow (KTGF). It was found that the fluidized bed becomes more isothermal with increasing superficial gas velocity. This is mainly due to the increase of solids circulation and improvement in gas solid contact. It was also found that the average Nusselt number weakly depends on the gas velocity. The TFM results were qualitatively compared with simulation results of computational fluid dynamics combined with the discrete element model (CFD-DEM). The TFM results were in very good agreement with the CFD-DEM outcomes, so the TFM can be a reliable source for further investigations of fluidized beds especially large lab-scale reactors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8729-8737
Number of pages9
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Volume56
Issue number30
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2017

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