Computational analysis of transitional airflow through packed columns of spheres using the finite volume technique
Baker, Matthew J.
Computers and Chemical Engineering
We compare computational simulations of the flow of air through a packed column containing spherical particles with experimental and theoretical results for equivalent beds. The column contained 160 spherical particles at an aspect ratio N=7.14N=7.14, and the experiments and simulations were carried out at particle Reynolds numbers of (RedP=700−5000)(RedP=700−5000). Experimental measurements were taken of the pressure drop across the column and compared with the correlation of Reichelt (1972) using the fitted coefficients of Eisfeld and Schnitzlein (2001). An equivalent computational domain was prepared using Monte Carlo packing, from which computational meshes were generated and analysed in detail. Computational fluid dynamics calculations of the air flow through the simulated bed was then performed using the finite volume technique. Results for pressure drop across the column were found to correlate strongly with the experimental data and the literature correlation. The flow structure through the bed was also analysed in detail.
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