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Title: Influence of grid resolution, parcel size and drag models on bubbling fluidized bed simulation

Here in this paper, a bubbling fluidized bed is simulated with different numerical parameters, such as grid resolution and parcel size. We examined also the effect of using two homogeneous drag correlations and a heterogeneous drag based on the energy minimization method. A fast and reliable bubble detection algorithm was developed based on the connected component labeling. The radial and axial solids volume fraction profiles are compared with experiment data and previous simulation results. These results show a significant influence of drag models on bubble size and voidage distributions and a much less dependence on numerical parameters. With a heterogeneous drag model that accounts for sub-scale structures, the void fraction in the bubbling fluidized bed can be well captured with coarse grid and large computation parcels. Refining the CFD grid and reducing the parcel size can improve the simulation results but with a large increase in computation cost.
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  1. National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Morgantown, WV (United States)
  2. National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Morgantown, WV (United States); West Virginia Univ., Morgantown, WV (United States). Research Corporation
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Journal ID: ISSN 1385-8947; PII: S1385894717309531
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Journal Name:
Chemical Engineering Journal
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 326; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 1385-8947
Research Org:
National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, and Morgantown, WV (United States). In-house Research
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Country of Publication:
United States
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS; Computational fluid dynamics; discrete element method; coarse-grained particle method; bubbling fluidized bed
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