Instantaneous particle acceleration model for gas-solid suspensions at moderate Reynolds numbers

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Fox, Rodney
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Chemical and Biological Engineering

The function of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering has been to prepare students for the study and application of chemistry in industry. This focus has included preparation for employment in various industries as well as the development, design, and operation of equipment and processes within industry.Through the CBE Department, Iowa State University is nationally recognized for its initiatives in bioinformatics, biomaterials, bioproducts, metabolic/tissue engineering, multiphase computational fluid dynamics, advanced polymeric materials and nanostructured materials.

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Gas-solid flows are encountered in many industrial applications such as fluidized beds and coal gasification. The design and scale-up of such industrial devices required a better understanding of the characteristics of gas-solid suspensions. Device-scale computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations that solve for average quantities such as solid volume fraction and phasic mean velocity fields are being extensively used in the industrial design process. The capability of the simulations to accurately predict the characteristics of gas-solid flow depends upon the accuracy of the models for unclosed terms that appear in the equations for mass, momentum and energy conservation. Hrenya and Sinclair (1997) show that the particle granular temperature (particle velocity variance) plays an important role in the prediction of the core annular structure in riser flows. In statistically homogeneous suspensions undergoing elastic collisions, the particle acceleration-velocity covariance alone governs the evolution of granular temperature.


This article is from 7th International Conference on Multiphase Flow, ICMF 2010, Tampa, FL, May 30 - June 4, 2010. p.1-7.