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Multiscale Approach for Particulate Flows, Application to Fluidized Beds

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Manuel Bernard, Anthony Wachs

IFP Energies Nouvelles, Solaize, France

Eric Climent

University of Toulouse, Toulouse, France

Paper No. FEDSM2014-22020, pp. V01BT21A003; 6 pages
  • ASME 2014 4th Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting collocated with the ASME 2014 12th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • Volume 1B, Symposia: Fluid Machinery; Fluid-Structure Interaction and Flow-Induced Noise in Industrial Applications; Flow Applications in Aerospace; Flow Manipulation and Active Control: Theory, Experiments and Implementation; Multiscale Methods for Multiphase Flow; Noninvasive Measurements in Single and Multiphase Flows
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 3–7, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4622-3
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


In this paper, a discrete element method (DEM) coupled with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and a distributed Lagrange multiplier - fictitious domain method (DLM-FD) are used is order to model three-dimensional fluidized beds. Particle-particle and wall-particle contacts are handled thanks to a soft sphere model. For the DEM-CFD model, also called Euler-Lagrange model, fluid dynamics variables are locally averaged and solved on a grid larger than the particle size whereas for the DLM-FD grid cells are around 20 times smaller than the particle characteristic length. The aim of this work is to extract information from DLM-FD simulations to improve the correlations used in the DEM-CFD model. First, particles and fluid equations are presented for the Euler-Lagrange model. Then, fluid-particle interaction is detailed. Eventually, we present preliminary simulations and results with both models in a 3D fluidized bed configuration.

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