Effect of hydrodynamic heterogeneity on particle dispersion in a Taylor-Couette flow reactor with variable configurations of inner cylinder

Lu Liu, Xiaogang Yang, Jie Yang, Guang Li, Yanqing Guo, Guichao Wang, Lian Ping Wang

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Abstract

Background: Effect of hydrodynamic heterogeneity on particle dispersion in a Taylor-Couette flow (TC) reactor with variable configurations of inner cylinder has been investigated using CFD modelling. Methods: Particle dispersion was tracked based on the Eulerian-Lagrangian approach, where the reactant solution phase was solved in the Eulerian reference frame, while the particle dispersion was calculated by tracking a large number of particles with consideration of the hydrodynamic forces acting on particles and adopting actual particle properties measured from the particle synthesis experiments. Significant Findings: The simulation reveals that particle dispersion is significantly enhanced by increasing the inner cylinder rotational speed, characterized by particle distribution for both circular inner cylinder Taylor-Couette flow reactor (CTC) and lobed cross-section inner cylinder Taylor-Couette flow reactor (LTC). Particle trajectories or dispersion are influenced by the turbulent Taylor vortices. Particle radial dispersion affects the particle classification by presenting different particle axial velocities in radial direction, while particle axial dispersion can be seen as an indicator for global mixing occurring in the TC reactor, which is enhanced at high rotational speed, especially in the LTC. The calculated dispersion coefficient is found to be similar to the shape of particle size distribution found in the experiments.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers
Volume131
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022

Keywords

  • Taylor-Couette flow reactor, Eulerian-Lagrangian approach
  • multiphase flow model
  • particle dispersion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (all)
  • Chemical Engineering (all)

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