Review and implementation of CFD-DEM applied to chemical process systems

Shahab Golshan, Rahmat Sotudeh-Gharebagh (Corresponding author), Reza Zarghami, Navid Mostoufi, Bruno Blais, J.A.M. Kuipers

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With increasing the computational resources, the number of publications about coupled computational fluid dynamics – discrete element method is in the rise in the recent years. This technique is very useful, especially in simulation of fluid-solid flows in process engineering. This paper provides an introduction to CFD-DEM modeling in process engineering systems, including heat and mass transfer and long range forces, and reviews the major researches in simulation of two-phase processes such as drying, coating, granulation, crystallization, chemical reactions (including combustion, gasification and pyrolysis) and mixing. Details of implementing unresolved CFD-DEM in these applications are explained in details and major assumptions and findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115646
Number of pages35
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2020


  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Discrete element method
  • Two-phase flow


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