Three-dimensional CFD-PBM coupled model of the temperature fields in fluidized-bed polymerization reactors

Xi Zhong Chen, Zheng Hong Luo, Wei Cheng Yan, Ying Hua Lu, I. Son Ng

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A three-dimensional (3-D) computational fluid dynamics model, coupled with population balance (CFD-PBM), was developed to describe the gas-solid two-phase flow in fluidized-bed polymerization reactors. The model considered the Eulerian-Eulerian two-fluid model, the kinetic theory of granular flow, the population balance, and heat exchange equations. First, the model was validated by comparing simulation results with the classical calculated data. The entire temperature fields in the reactor were also obtained numerically. Furthermore, two case studies, involving constant solid particle size and constant polymerization heat or evolving particle-size distribution, polymerization kinetics, and polymerization heat, were designed to identify the model. The results showed that the calculated results in the second case were in good agreement with the reality. Finally, the model of the second case was used to investigate the influences of operational conditions on the temperature field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3351-3366
Number of pages16
JournalAIChE Journal
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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