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Simulation of Heat Transfer in a Counterflow Porous Bed Reactor With a Thermal Non-Equilibrium Model

[+] Author Affiliations
Marcelo J. S. deLemos, Ana C. Pivem

Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica - ITA, São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil

Paper No. IMECE2011-63391, pp. 355-361; 7 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6: Fluids and Thermal Systems; Advances for Process Industries, Parts A and B
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5492-1
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


The objective of this work is to study the influence of physical and geometrical properties on heat transfer between solid and fluid phases in a counter-flow porous bed, for cases where the fluid moves in opposite direction with respect to the permeable matrix. For simulating the flow and heat transfer, a two-energy equation model is applied in addition to a mechanical model. Transport equations are discretized using the control-volume method. The effects of solid-to-fluid velocity ratio, permeability, porosity, ratio of solid-to-fluid thermal capacity and ratio of solid-to-fluid thermal conductivity on flow and heat transport are analyzed. Results for a counterflow, that is similar to the heat exchangers in a countercurrent, indicate that there is more heat exchange for the smaller values of the parameters analyzed resulting in more uniform heat transfer between phases along the channel.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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