Identification of the Spouted Bed Flow Regime by Simulation and Experimental Data
The particle circulation rate and gas–solid contacting efficiency are important parameters for the project of spouted beds, applied in many industrial processes. Due to the restrictions found in the identification of flow regimes through visual observation, new techniques have been developed to obtain a better gas and particle dynamics description, necessary for the evaluation of these parameters. One of these techniques has been the CFD simulation. In this work the pattern of solids and gas flows in a spouted bed was numerically simulated using a 3D Eulerian multiphase model. Soybean particles had been used in the attainment of data of pressure drop fluctuation and power spectrum as a function of gas velocity in an experimental apparatus. The 3D simulated solids volume fraction profiles allow the identification of the flow regimes showing a good agreement with the experimental data.
Lucio Salgado and Francisco Ambrozio Filho
R.O. Lourenço et al., "Identification of the Spouted Bed Flow Regime by Simulation and Experimental Data", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 591-593, pp. 329-334, 2008