A comparison of flow dynamics and flow structure in a riser and a downer

B. Wu, J. X. Zhu, L. Briens

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Flow development and flow dynamics were systematically investigated using local solids concentration measurements in a pair consisting of a downer (0.1 m I.D., 9.3 m high) and a riser of the same diameter (0.1 m I.D., 15.1 m high). Both statistical and chaos analysis were employed. Values for the Kolmogorov entropy (K), correlation dimension (D), and Hurst exponent (H) were estimated from time series of solids concentration measurements. Axial distributions of chaos parameters were more complex in the downer than those in the riser, especially in the entrance section. Flow in the downer was more uniform with a flatter core in all the radial profiles of chaos parameters. The radial profiles of K varied significantly with increasing axial levels due to different clustering behavior in the wall region of the downer. In both the riser and the downer, anti-persistent flow in the core region and persistent flow behavior near the wall were identified from the profiles of H. Different flow behavior in the region close to the wall in the downer and riser was characterized from the combination of the three chaos parameters. Relationships between chaos parameters and local time-averaged solids holdup in the core and wall regions of the developed sections in both the downer and riser were also analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)448-459
Number of pages12
JournalChemical Engineering and Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Circulating fluidized beds
  • Flow behavior
  • Reactors
  • Riser

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (all)
  • Chemical Engineering (all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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