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Numerical Simulations Of Gas-Liquid Flow Dynamics In Bubble Columns, Deify Law, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel Nov 2006

Numerical Simulations Of Gas-Liquid Flow Dynamics In Bubble Columns, Deify Law, Francine Battaglia, Theodore J. Heindel

Mechanical Engineering Conference Presentations, Papers, and Proceedings

There is great potential for using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) as a tool in scale-up and design of bubble columns. Full-scale experimentation in bubble columns is expensive and CFD is an alternative approach to study bubble column hydrodynamics. However, CFD can be computationally intensive as a predictive tool for a full three-dimensional geometry. In this paper, a 0.2 m diameter semi-batch bubble column is numerically simulated and the results are compared to experimental measurements performed by Rampure et al. [1]. The objectives are to examine and determine an appropriate set of numerical parameters and to determine if two-dimensional simulations ...


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

Mechanical Engineering Conference Presentations, Papers, and Proceedings

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 ...


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

Mechanical Engineering Conference Presentations, Papers, and Proceedings

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 ...