The axial and radial phase holdup distribution of bubble-induced three-phase inverse fluidized bed

Keying Ma, Mingyan Liu, Shaoqi Chen, Yuanyuan Shao, Jesse Zhu

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Abstract

The detailed phase holdup distributions in a 0.33 m ID & 3 m height cylindrical bubble-induced three-phase inverse fluidized bed (BIFB) with air, water and polyethylene particles were investigated using a relatively new telecentric photographic probe. In the complete fluidization regime, the axial and radial distributions of the phase holdups were studied in detail. The axial gas holdup distribution is largely uniform at a low gas velocity and increasing the gas velocity leads to more nonuniformity with a higher gas holdup at the top due to the difference of the bubble size. The solids holdup distribution is less uniform but more uniform axial distribution was observed with the gas velocity as the upper particles being gradually entrained downwards. The liquid holdup is always high in the top region. The effect of the gas velocity and the axial height on the radial distributions of the phase holdups also were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115586
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Volume219
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bubble-induced
  • Gas holdup
  • Liquid holdup
  • Solids holdup
  • Three-phase inverse fluidized bed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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