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Modeling of residence time distribution : application to a three-phase inverse fluidized bed based on a Mellin transform

Montastruc, Ludovic and Brienne, Jean Paul and Nikov, Iordan Modeling of residence time distribution : application to a three-phase inverse fluidized bed based on a Mellin transform. (2009) Chemical Engineering Journal, vol. 1 (n° 1). pp. 139-144. ISSN 1385-8947

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2008.08.035

Abstract

The study is focused on modeling of gas and liquid residence time distribution in an aerated liquid system of an inverse fluidized bed bioreactor. Two opposite strategies are currently available: the use of powerful complex computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation and the phenomenological semi-empirical models. In this work, a specific methodology is proposed, as follows: the reactor is modeled as a reactor network containing a combination of zones with basic ideal flow patterns such as perfect mixed flow (PMF) and plug flow (PF). The approach is based on a Mellin-modification of the Laplace transformation over the relevant equations. The method allows zero-time solutions for identification analysis. The study shows that the increase of the gas flowrate leads to higher mixing intensity of the gas phase. Decreasing the gas velocity, the inverse fluidized bed tends to perform as a plug flow reactor. The liquid phase performs closer to disperse plug flow.

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Additional Information:This publication is available on http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/13858947
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution: Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT
Other partners > Polytech'Lille (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse III - UPS
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS
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Deposited By: Ludovic MONTASTRUC
Deposited On:11 May 2009 08:43

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