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Continuous Particle Size Distributions in a Bubbling Fluidized Bed Using Discrete Element Method

[+] Author Affiliations
Meire Pereira de Souza Braun, Alice Jordam Caserta, Helio Aparecido Navarro

Universidade de São Paulo, São Carlos, SP, Brazil

Paper No. IMECE2012-87419, pp. 2475-2484; 10 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 7: Fluids and Heat Transfer, Parts A, B, C, and D
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 9–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4523-3
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


The focus of this paper is to study the behavior of systems with continuous particle size distributions over a gas-solid flow in a bubbling fluidized bed. A lognormal distribution with particle-size range between 800 micrometers and 900 micrometers was used to perform numerical simulations to investigate gas bubbles formation for a polydispersed system. Different drag models were used to predict the bubbles. Species segregation for a binary mixture and a monodispersed system were also studied. Discrete Element Method (DEM) simulations were performed using the source code MFIX (“Multiphase Flow with Interphase eXchanges”) [1] developed at NETL (“National Energy Technology Laboratory”). The bubble size of a single injected bubble depended strongly on gas-particle drag model used. The influence of the gas bubbles in the mixture and segregation was analyzed and discussed. The results were compared with experimental results from the literature and a good agreement were obtained.

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