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Particle resolved direct numerical simulation (PR-DNS) has emerged as a promising method to improve gas-particle heat transfer closure models. To date, this method has been applied in random and regular particle assemblies at comparably high void fractions. This paper presents a new methodology for deriving heat transfer correlations from PR-DNS of very dense particle packings relevant for packed bed applications. First particle packings were generated using the discrete element method (DEM). After geometric modifications in regions of close particle-particle proximity, a fine mesh with low cell skewness was created for PR-DNS. Grid independence and the effect of the geometry modification were thoroughly investigated. It was also established that steady state simulations are accurate for PR-DNS in this case. Simulations carried out in different assemblies of ∼100 particles showed significant variation of local transfer rates, implying that it is important to specify a confidence interval when reporting correlations derived from PR-DNS. A newly developed Nusselt number correlation predicts values in the lower range of predictions from literature correlations. This implies that the use of the currently available correlations may over-predict heat transfer in densely packed beds.
- Heat transfer
- Packed bed reactors
- irect numerical simulation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
- Process Chemistry and Technology
Fields of Expertise
- Information, Communication & Computing
- Mobility & Production
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R-EU-NanoSim - A Multiscale Simulation-Based Design Platform for Cost-Effective CO2 Capture Processes using Nano-Structured Materials (NanoSim)
1/01/14 → 31/12/17
Project: Research project