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Experiments support simulations by the NEPTUNE_CFD code in an Upflow Bubbling Fluidized Bed reactor

Sabatier, Florian and Ansart, Renaud and Huili, Zhang and Baeyens, Jan and Simonin, Olivier Experiments support simulations by the NEPTUNE_CFD code in an Upflow Bubbling Fluidized Bed reactor. (2020) Chemical Engineering Journal. ISSN 1385-8947

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2019.123568


Long tubes with small internal diameter find increasing applications in indirect concentrated solar receivers using an Upflow Bubbling Fluidized Bed of Geldart-A powders as heat carrier. Although successfully demonstrated for tubes of 0.5 to 1 m length, longer tubes are required to increase the solar energy capture efficiency and capacity. The fluidization phenomena differ with the tube length, and freely bubbling fluidization will be transformed into slugging, thus hampering the heat transfer. The behavior of Geldart-A powders in tall tubes of small I.D. has not been extensively studied. The research experimentally investigated the different fluidization modes in a 4 m long tube, and demonstrated the occurrence of freely bubbling at the bottom section of the bed, and slugging from a bed depth in excess of about 1.25 m. Slug characteristics (frequency, length, velocity) were measured and correlated. The results were used to validate 3D numerical simulations based on an Euler-Euler approach in the NEPTUNE_CFD code applied to a fine mesh of 15,000,000 cells. A positive match between experimental and simulation results concerning frequency and velocity of large bubble structures was obtained. The effect of mesh refinement on the slugging behavior prediction was discussed.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02735384
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 > Beijing University of Technology - BJUT (CHINA)
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Deposited On:10 Jan 2020 15:19

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