Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation of Bubble Column Reactor Hydrodynamics
R. Rahimi, M.A. Salehi* and K. Nandaumar†

Department of Chemical Engineering
Sistan and Baluchestan University
Shahid Nikbakht Faculty of Engineering, Daneshgah A.V., Zahedan, Iran
E-mail: salehi@hamoon.usb.ac.ir

Abstract

In this research, hydrodynamic behaviour of a bubble column reactor was determined. In previous works, the prediction of gas holdup is not accurately covered. For that reason, the turbulence in liquid phase is modelled by standard k-ε model. In addition, local axial velocity, velocity distribution and local gas hold-up were calculated by Fluent 6.0.3, which is a commercial software. The results have been compared with experimental data, which show quite a good agreement.
Keywords

Computational fluid dynamics, Bubble column reactor, Hydrodynamic.
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  • Asian J. Chem. /
  •  2006 /
  •  18(1) /
  •  pp 113-119