Experimental validation of CFD models for fluidized beds: Influence of particle stress models, gas phase compressibility and air inflow models
Journal article, 2006

This work compares numerical simulations of fluid dynamics in fluidized beds using different closure models and air feed system models. The numerical results are compared to experiments by means of power spectral density distributions of fluctuating pressure signals and bubble statistics obtained from capacitance probe measurements. Two different particle rheology models are tested in combination with two different values of the maximum particle volume fraction. The first particle model predicts the particle pressure by an exponential power law and assumes a constant particle viscosity (CPV), and the second model predicts the stresses using the kinetic theory of granular flow (KTGF). Furthermore, two model approaches for the air inflow are evaluated. The first inflow model includes the coupling between the air-feed system and the fluidized bed in the simulation, and the second model assumes a constant mass flow of gas into the fluidized bed. Finally, the influence of the compressibility of the gas phase on the numerical predictions is investigated. The numerical simulations are made using the CFX-4.4 commercial flow solver. The simulations show that the KTGF model gives a more evenly distributed bubble flow profile over the bed cross-section, while the CPV model gives a more parabolic bubble flow profile, with a higher bubble flow in the central part of the bed. This work shows that the KTGF model results are in significantly better agreement with the experiments. It is furthermore shown that the modelling of the air-feed system is crucial to for predicting the overall bed dynamic behaviour.

Bubble statistics

Multiphase flow



Experimental validation



Klas Johansson


Berend van Wachem

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Combustion and Multiphase Flow

Alf-Erik Almstedt

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Combustion and Multiphase Flow

Chemical Engineering Science

0009-2509 (ISSN)

Vol. 61 5 1705-1717

Subject Categories

Chemical Engineering

Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics



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