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Fluid Flow Resistance in a Simple Cubic Packed Bed

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C. C.-C. Choi, S. H.-K. Lee

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Paper No. IMECE2005-81931, pp. 975-978; 4 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Heat Transfer, Part B
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4222-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Motivated by its frequent appearance in practical applications, scientists and engineers have been putting much efforts to pursue the ability to predict fluid flow behavior in sphere packed bed, in particular the fluid-solid interaction therein. The network model has recently been used to predict the fluid flow behavior in a sphere packed bed for a smaller length-scale domain of interest. The major questions for this approach are the representation of the irregular void space as a three dimensional network and the assignment of the flow resistance values. The application of Deluanay Cell to discretize the void space helps retain the geometrical and topological information without any empirical data fitting in. However, the calculation of the flow resistance within the Delaunay cell is still a question to be solved due to its highly irregular topology. The objective of this study is to solve for the flow resistance between the pores in a simple cubic retaining all the geometrical information. And then to correlate the flow resistance with different values of Reynolds number such that the application of network model could extend outside the creeping flow regime. The results has been validated against experimental correlation and then correlated with Reynolds number with a correlation factor larger than 0.9.

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