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

Abstract

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.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2];  [1]
  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
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, and Morgantown, WV (United States). In-house Research
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1404697
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1550291
Report Number(s):
NETL-PUB-21045
Journal ID: ISSN 1385-8947; PII: S1385894717309531
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Chemical Engineering Journal
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 326; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 1385-8947
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS; Computational fluid dynamics; discrete element method; coarse-grained particle method; bubbling fluidized bed

Citation Formats

Lu, Liqiang, Konan, Arthur, and Benyahia, Sofiane. Influence of grid resolution, parcel size and drag models on bubbling fluidized bed simulation. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2017.06.002.
Lu, Liqiang, Konan, Arthur, & Benyahia, Sofiane. Influence of grid resolution, parcel size and drag models on bubbling fluidized bed simulation. United States. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2017.06.002.
Lu, Liqiang, Konan, Arthur, and Benyahia, Sofiane. Fri . "Influence of grid resolution, parcel size and drag models on bubbling fluidized bed simulation". United States. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2017.06.002. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1404697.
@article{osti_1404697,
title = {Influence of grid resolution, parcel size and drag models on bubbling fluidized bed simulation},
author = {Lu, Liqiang and Konan, Arthur and Benyahia, Sofiane},
abstractNote = {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.},
doi = {10.1016/j.cej.2017.06.002},
journal = {Chemical Engineering Journal},
number = C,
volume = 326,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {6}
}

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