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Fast-Framing Ballistic Imaging Of Velocity In An Aerated Spray, David Sedarsky, James Gord, Campbell Carter, Terrence R. Meyer, Mark Linne Sep 2009

Fast-Framing Ballistic Imaging Of Velocity In An Aerated Spray, David Sedarsky, James Gord, Campbell Carter, Terrence R. Meyer, Mark Linne

Mechanical Engineering Publications

We describe further development of ballistic imaging adapted for the liquid core of an atomizing spray. To fully understand spray breakup dynamics, one must measure the velocity and acceleration vectors that describe the forces active in primary breakup. This information is inaccessible to most optical diagnostics, as the signal is occluded by strong scattering in the medium. Ballistic imaging mitigates this scattering noise, resolving clean shadowgram-type images of structures within the dense spray region. We demonstrate that velocity data can be extracted from ballistic images of a spray relevant to fuel-injection applications, by implementing a simple, targeted correlation method for ...


X-Ray Particle Tracking Velocimetry In Fluidized Beds, Joshua B. Drake, Lie Tang, Theodore J. Heindel Aug 2009

X-Ray Particle Tracking Velocimetry In Fluidized Beds, Joshua B. Drake, Lie Tang, Theodore J. Heindel

Mechanical Engineering Conference Presentations, Papers, and Proceedings

Fluidized beds are commonly found in the chemical and energy processing industries because of their low pressure drop, uniform temperature distribution, and high heat transfer rates. For example, in biomass gasification, biomass particles are injected into a heated bubbling bed of inert material (typically refractory sand) that volatilizes to form a flammable gas. However, the movement of the biomass particle through the bubbling bed is difficult to quantify because the systems are opaque. This paper describes X-ray particle tracking velocimetry (XPTV) applied to fluidized beds, where X-ray flow visualization is used to track the location of a single fabricated tracer ...


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 ...