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Repeatability Of Gas Holdup In A Fluidized Bed Using X-Ray Computed Tomography, Joshua B. Drake, Theodore J. Heindel Aug 2009

Repeatability Of Gas Holdup In A Fluidized Bed Using X-Ray Computed Tomography, Joshua B. Drake, Theodore J. Heindel

Mechanical Engineering Conference Presentations, Papers, and Proceedings

Characterizing the hydrodynamics in fluidized beds is important to many processes from producing biofuels to coating pharmaceuticals. X-ray computed tomography (CT) can quantify local time-averaged phase fractions in multiphase systems that are highly dynamic, like fluidized beds. This paper describes the calibration methods used to produced CT images of a 15.24 cm diameter fluidized bed, how in-house software used these CTs to calculate gas holdup, and how well multiple CTs of a dynamic fluidized bed produced repeatable results while varying bed material and superficial gas velocities. It was concluded there is a very high degree of repeatability using the ...


Modeling A Biomass Fluidizing Bed With Side Port Air Injection, Mirka Deza, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel Aug 2009

Modeling A Biomass Fluidizing Bed With Side Port Air Injection, Mirka Deza, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel

Mechanical Engineering Conference Presentations, Papers, and Proceedings

Fluidized beds are used to gasify materials such as coal or biomass in the production of producer gas. Modeling these reactors using computational fluid dynamics is advantageous when performing parametric studies for design and scale-up. While two-dimensional simulations are easier to perform than three-dimensional simulations, they may not capture the proper physics. This paper compares two- and three-dimensional simulations with experiments for a reactor geometry with side port air injection. The side port is located within the bed region so that the injected air can help promote mixing. Of interest in this study is validating the hydrodynamics of fluidizing biomass ...


Approximating A Three-Dimensional Fluidized Bed With Two-Dimensional Simulations, Mirka Deza, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel Oct 2008

Approximating A Three-Dimensional Fluidized Bed With Two-Dimensional Simulations, Mirka Deza, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel

Mechanical Engineering Conference Presentations, Papers, and Proceedings

Fluidized beds can be used to gasify biomass in the production of producer gas, a flammable gas that can replace natural gas in process heating. Modeling these reactors with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations is advantageous when performing parametric studies for design and scale-up. From a computational resource point of view, two-dimensional simulations are easier to perform than three-dimensional simulations, but they may not capture the proper physics. This paper will compare two- and three-dimensional simulations in a 10.2 cm diameter fluidized bed with side air injection to determine when two-dimensional simulations are adequate to capture the bed hydrodynamics ...


Simulating Gas-Liquid Flows In An External Loop Airlift Reactor, Deify Law, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel Oct 2008

Simulating Gas-Liquid Flows In An External Loop Airlift Reactor, Deify Law, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel

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The external loop airlift reactor (ELALR) is a modified bubble column reactor that is composed of two vertical columns that are connected with two horizontal connectors. Airlift reactors are utilized in fermentation processes and are preferred over traditional bubble column reactors because they can operate over a wider range of conditions. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations can be used to enhance our understanding of the hydrodynamics within these reactors. In the present work, the gas-liquid flow dynamics in an external loop airlift reactor are simulated using CFDLib with an Eulerian-Eulerian ensemble-averaging method in two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) coordinate systems ...


A Validation Study For The Hydrodynamics Of Biomass In A Fluidized Bed, Mirka Deza, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel Aug 2008

A Validation Study For The Hydrodynamics Of Biomass In A Fluidized Bed, Mirka Deza, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel

Mechanical Engineering Conference Presentations, Papers, and Proceedings

Computational modeling of fluidized beds can be used to predict operation of biomass gasifiers after extensive validation with experimental data. The present work focused on computational simulations of a fluidized bed using a multifluid Eulerian-Eulerian model to represent the gas and solid phases as interpenetrating continua. Hydrodynamic results from the simulations were quantitatively compared with X-ray flow visualization studies of a similar bed. It was found that the Gidaspow model can accurately predict the hydrodynamics of the biomass in a fluidized bed. The coefficient of restitution of biomass was fairly high and did not affect the hydrodynamics of the bed ...


Stability Issues For Gas-Liquid Flows In Bubble Columns, Deify Law, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel Nov 2007

Stability Issues For Gas-Liquid Flows In Bubble Columns, Deify Law, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel

Mechanical Engineering Conference Presentations, Papers, and Proceedings

In the present work, gas-liquid flow dynamics in a bubble column are simulated with CFDLib using an Eulerian-Eulerian ensemble-averaging method in a two dimensional Cartesian system. The time-averaged gas holdup simulations are compared to experimental measurements of a cylindrical bubble column performed by Rampure et al. [1]. Numerical predictions are presented for the time-averaged gas holdup at various axial heights as a function of radial position. The effects of grid resolution, bubble pressure model, and drag coefficient models on the numerical predictions are examined. The bubble pressure model is reported to account for bubble stability, thus providing physical solutions. The ...


Similitude Analysis For Gas-Liquid-Fiber Flows In Cocurrent Bubble Columns, Chengzhi Tang, Theodore J. Heindel Jul 2006

Similitude Analysis For Gas-Liquid-Fiber Flows In Cocurrent Bubble Columns, Chengzhi Tang, Theodore J. Heindel

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Gas-liquid-fiber systems are different from conventional gas-liquid-solid systems in that the solid material (i.e., fiber) is flexible, has a large aspect ratio, and forms flocs or networks when its mass fraction is above a critical value. With its wide application to the pulp and paper industry, it is important to investigate the hydrodynamics of gas-liquid-fiber systems. In this paper, 19 parameters that influence gas holdup in gas-liquid-fiber bubble columns are critically examined and then a dimensional analysis based on the Buckingham Pi Theorem is used to derive the dimensionless parameters governing gas-liquid-fiber bubble column hydrodynamics. Seven dimensionless parameters that ...


Gas Holdup In Opaque Cellulose Fiber Slurries, Sarah M. Talcott, Theodore J. Heindel Jun 2005

Gas Holdup In Opaque Cellulose Fiber Slurries, Sarah M. Talcott, Theodore J. Heindel

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Three different cellulose fiber types are used to study their effect on gas holdup and flow regime transition in a 10.2 cm semi-batch bubble column. The three natural fiber types include bleached softwood chemical pulp (softwood), bleached hardwood chemical pulp (hardwood), and bleached softwood chemithermomechanical pulp (BCTMP). Gas holdup is recorded over a range of fiber mass fractions (0 ≤ C ≤ 1.6%) and superficial gas velocities (Ug ≤ 23 cm/s). Experimental results show that gas holdup decreases with increasing fiber mass fraction. Homogeneous, transitional, and heterogeneous flow is observed for all three fiber types at low fiber mass fractions ...


Using X-Rays For Multiphase Flow Visualization, Theodore J. Heindel, Jeremy L. Hubers, Terrence C. Jensen, Joseph N. Gray, Alexander C. Stiegel Jun 2005

Using X-Rays For Multiphase Flow Visualization, Theodore J. Heindel, Jeremy L. Hubers, Terrence C. Jensen, Joseph N. Gray, Alexander C. Stiegel

Mechanical Engineering Conference Presentations, Papers, and Proceedings

Gas-liquid, gas-solid, liquid-solid, and gas-liquid-solid multiphase flows are difficult to visualize, characterize, and quantify because the systems are typically opaque. Invasive or noninvasive measurement methods are typically used for determining internal flow and transport characteristics of these complex flows. The difficulty with invasive methods is that they can alter the internal flow of a multiphase system causing interference with realistic process measurements. X-ray imaging provides one family of noninvasive measurement techniques used extensively for product testing and evaluation of static objects with complex structures. These techniques have been extended to visualize dynamic systems, such as those which characterize multiphase flows ...


Gas Holdup In A Cocurrent Air-Water-Fiber Bubble Column, Chengzhi Tang, Theodore J. Heindel Jul 2004

Gas Holdup In A Cocurrent Air-Water-Fiber Bubble Column, Chengzhi Tang, Theodore J. Heindel

Mechanical Engineering Conference Presentations, Papers, and Proceedings

Effects of superficial liquid velocity (Ul ), superficial gas velocity (Ug ), and fiber mass fraction (C) on gas holdup (ε) and flow regime transition are studied experimentally in well-mixed water-cellulose fiber suspensions in a cocurrent bubble column. Experimental results show that the gas holdup decreases with increasing Ul when C and Ug are constant. The gas holdup is not significantly affected by C in the range of C < 0.4%, but decreases with increasing C in the range of 0.4% ≤ C ≤ 1.5%. When C > 1.5%, a significant amount of gas is trapped in the fiber network and recirculates with the ...