Experimental investigation of the instantaneous flow structure in circulating fluidized bed: Phase characterization and validation

Xiaoyang Wei, Jesse Zhu

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Abstract

Circulating fluidized beds (CFBs) have been widely used as industrial reactors and the performances rely on the gas-particle contact. In a CFB, particles tend to form dense clusters, sheltering particles from the gas flow. However, in the literature, cluster dimensions and fractions vary up to one order of magnitude, hindering the understanding of CFBs. Recently, it has been found out that different phases were considered as clusters and this circumstance results in the severe variations of cluster properties. In this work, instantaneous solids holdup in a CFB was measured using an optical fiber probe. Then, crest clusters, coalesced particles, trough clusters and dispersed particles were identified in probe signals with the help of images. After that, phases were characterized discriminatively, and phase properties further were validated quantitatively using a high-speed camera. Finally, phases formed by FCC catalysts and glass beads were compared to explore the aggregation mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115946
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Volume228
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Circulating fluidized bed
  • Clusters
  • Instantaneous flow structure
  • Optical fiber probe
  • Particle properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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