Hydrodynamic modeling of particle rotation for segregation in bubbling gas- fluidized beds

Jin Sun, F. Battaglia

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A multi-fluid Eulerian model has been improved by incorporating particle rotation using kinetic theory for rapid granular flow of slightly frictional spheres. A simplified model was implemented without changing the current kinetic theory framework by introducing an effective coefficient of restitution to account for additional energy dissipation due to frictional collisions. Simulations without and with particle rotation were performed to study the bubble dynamics and bed expansion in a monodispersed bubbling gas-fluidized bed and the segregation phenomena in a bidispersed bubbling gas-fluidized bed. Results were compared between simulations without and with particle rotation and with corresponding experimental results. It was found that the multi-fluid model with particle rotation better captures the bubble dynamics and time-averaged bed behavior. The model predictions of segregation percentages agreed with experimental data in the fluidization regime where kinetic theory is valid to describe segregation and mixing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1470-1479
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Multi-phase flow
  • Fluidization
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Computation
  • Particle rotation
  • Kinetic theory


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