Characterizing the hydrodynamics of a fluidized bed is of vital importance to understand the behavior of these multiphase flow systems. Minimum fluidization velocity and gas holdup are two important factors used to understand the hydrodynamics of a fluidized bed. Experimental studies on the effects of bed height on the minimum fluidization velocity and gas holdup were carried out using a 10.2 cm diameter cylindrical fluidized bed filled with 500–600 μm glass beads. In this study, four different bed height-to-diameter ratios were used: H/D = 0.5, 1, 1.5, and 2. Minimum fluidization velocity was determined for each H/D ratio using pressure drop measurements. Local time-average gas holdup was determined using non-invasive X-ray computed tomography imaging. Results show that minimum fluidization velocity is not affected by the change in bed height, while local gas holdup does appear to be affected by the change in bed height.
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Bed Height Effects on Fluidized Bed Hydrodynamics
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Escudero, DR, & Heindel, TJ. "Bed Height Effects on Fluidized Bed Hydrodynamics." Proceedings of the ASME 2010 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting collocated with 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels. ASME 2010 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting: Volume 1, Symposia – Parts A, B, and C. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. August 1–5, 2010. pp. 2751-2758. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/FEDSM-ICNMM2010-30220
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