In many industrial applications of gas-solids fluidized beds, it is worthwhile to have an on-line monitoring method for detecting changes in the hydrodynamics of the bed (due for example to agglomeration) quickly. In this paper, such a method, based on the short-term predictability of fluidized bed pressure fluctuations, is examined. Its sensitivity is shown by experiments with small step changes in the superficial gas velocity and by experiments with a gradual change in the particle size distribution of the solids in the bed. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that the method is well able to indicate if a stationary hydrodynamic state has been reached after a change in the particle size distribution (a ‘grade change’).
|Tijdschrift||Journal of Fluids Engineering : Transactions of the ASME|
|Status||Gepubliceerd - 1999|