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Numerical simulation of unsteady dense granular flows with rotating geometries

Bennani, Lokman and Neau, Hervé and Baudry, Cyril and Laviéville, Jérôme and Fede, Pascal and Simonin, Olivier Numerical simulation of unsteady dense granular flows with rotating geometries. (2017) Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 120. 333-347. ISSN 0263-8762

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cherd.2017.01.028

Abstract

In chemical engineering applications, it is not uncommon to encounter reactors featuring rotating parts. As these rotating parts are present in order to enhance processes such as chemical reactions and/or ensure homogeneity, it is essential to take them into account to perform predictive numerical simulations. This aspect can be particularly challenging, even more so when complex industrial geometries are to be treated.In this paper a numerical methodology for simulating unsteady granular flow in rotating geometries is presented. The method is based on splitting the domain into static and rotating parts. The information between rotating and static parts is passed by a non-conformal mesh matching technique. The presented methodology is validated numerically by comparing its results with other conventional methods. The method is then applied to an industrial scale problem. The applicability of the method and the way it may be used to investigate complex flow is demonstrated. Therefore this approach enables to consider the full geometry of complex reactors. It opens the door to further investigation, optimization and design of industrial scale chemical processes.

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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 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0263876217300801
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > EDF (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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