Modeling of aerated stirred tanks with shear-thinning power law liquids

R. Sungkorn, J. J. Derksen, J. G. Khinast*

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Abstract

Detailed simulations of aerated stirred tanks with shear-thinning power law liquids are presented. The lattice-Boltzmann scheme was used to discretize the filtered conservation equations of the liquid phase. The motion of bubbles was tracked based on the Euler-Lagrange approach with a bubble cluster concept. The collision, breakup and coalescence of bubbles were modeled as stochastic events. The predicted flow field of a single-phase stirred tank with shear-thinning power law liquid shows reasonable agreement with experimental data. For aerated systems, qualitatively similar gas holdup distribution was achieved when comparing the predicted result with experiments. Using the proposed modeling approach, it was found that a change in rheology alters the number mean diameter, Sauter diameter and the shape of bubble size distribution. (C) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-166
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow
Volume36
Early online date11 May 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

Keywords

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Lattice-Boltzmann method
  • Euler-Lagrange model
  • Aerated stirred tank
  • Non-Newtonian liquids
  • Bubble breakup
  • Bubble coalescence
  • LATTICE-BOLTZMANN SCHEME
  • LARGE-EDDY SIMULATION
  • NUMERICAL-SIMULATION
  • BUBBLY FLOWS
  • FLUID-FLOW
  • VESSEL
  • CFD
  • DISPERSIONS
  • REACTORS
  • LES

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