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Hydrodynamics and particle motion in upward flowing dense particle suspensions: Application in solar receivers

García-Triñanes, Pablo and Seville, Jonathan and Boissière, Benjamin and Ansart, Renaud and Leadbeater, Thomas and Parker, David Hydrodynamics and particle motion in upward flowing dense particle suspensions: Application in solar receivers. (2016) Chemical Engineering Science, 146. 346-356. ISSN 0009-2509

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2016.03.006


Dense gas–solid suspensions have the potential to be applied as heat transfer fluids (HTF) for energy collection and storage in concentrated solar power plants. At the heart of these systems is the solar receiver, composed of a bundle of tubes which contain the solid suspension used as the thermal energy carrier. In the design investigated here, the particles form a dense upward-flowing suspension. Both density of the suspension of these particles and their movement have a strong influence on the heat transfer. An apparatus was designed to replicate the hydrodynamic and particle motion in the real solar energy plant at ambient temperature. The governing parameters of the flow were established as the solid feeding flow rate, the fluidisation velocity, the solids holdup, the freeboard pressure and the secondary air injection (aeration) velocity. In the case studied, aeration was applied with air introduced into the uplift transport tube some way up its length. This study finds that the amount of this secondary air injection is the most important parameter for the stability and the uniform distribution of the solids flow in the tubes. Solids motion was measured using the non-invasive positron emission particle tracking (PEPT) technique to follow the movement of a 60 mm tracer particle, onto which was adsorbed the positron emitting 18F radioisotope. Analysis of the resulting three-dimensional trajectories provides information on solids flow pattern and solids velocity. Results show the overall behaviour of the bulk material in detail: small step-wise movements associated with bubble motion superimposed on a general trend of upward flow in the centre and downward flow close to the walls. These findings suggest that this particular type of flow is ideal for transporting energy from the walls of the solar receiver tubes

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Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The definitive version is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com The original PDF of the article can be found at Chemical Engineering Science website : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0009250916301105
HAL Id:hal-01307042
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > University of Birmingham (UNITED KINGDOM)
Other partners > University of Surrey (UNITED KINGDOM)
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European Union's Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration
Deposited On:26 Apr 2016 08:39

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