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Characterizing Acoustic Fluidized Bed Hydrodynamics Using X-Ray Computed Tomography, David R. Escudero, Theodore J. Heindel Jul 2013

Characterizing Acoustic Fluidized Bed Hydrodynamics Using X-Ray Computed Tomography, David R. Escudero, Theodore J. Heindel

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Fluidized bed reactors are important assets of many industrial applications because they provide uniform temperature distributions, low pressure drops, and high heat/mass rates. Characterizing the hydrodynamics of a fluidized bed is important to better understand the behavior of these multiphase flow systems. The hydrodynamic behavior in a cold flow 3D fluidized bed, with and without acoustic intervention, using X-ray computed tomography is investigated in this study. Experiments are carried out in a 10.2 cm ID fluidized bed filled with glass beads, with material density of 2600 kg/m3 and particle size ranges between 212–600 μm. In ...


A Method To Quantify Mixing In A Two Component Fluidized Bed, Norman K. Keller, Theodore J. Heindel Aug 2010

A Method To Quantify Mixing In A Two Component Fluidized Bed, Norman K. Keller, Theodore J. Heindel

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Fluidized bed technology can be used for pyrolysis and gasification of solid fuel particles such as biomass, which is important to industry because of its potential as an alternative for petroleum-based fuels. To efficiently utilize a fluidized bed reactor it is necessary, among other factors, to investigate the mixing and segregation behavior of the fuel particles with the bed material. In order to characterize the material distribution, a technique to visualize the biomass inside a fluidized bed reactor has been developed using X-ray computed tomography (CT) scans. This paper presents an image analysis procedure that can be used to quantify ...


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

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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 ...


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

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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 ...


The Effect Of A Modified Downcomer On The Hydrodynamics In An External Loop Airlift Reactor, Samuel T. Jones, Theodore J. Heindel Jul 2006

The Effect Of A Modified Downcomer On The Hydrodynamics In An External Loop Airlift Reactor, Samuel T. Jones, Theodore J. Heindel

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Gas holdup and superficial liquid velocity in the downcomer and riser are studied for an external loop airlift reactor with an area ratio of 1:16. Two downcomer configurations are investigated consisting of the downcomer open or closed to the atmosphere. Experiments for these two configurations are carried out over a range of superficial gas velocities from UG = 0.5 to 20 cm/s using three aeration plates with open area ratios of 0.62, 0.99 and 2.22%. These results are compared to a bubble column operated with similar operating conditions. Experimental results show that the gas holdup ...


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 ...


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

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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 ...