Potential of Microchannel Flow for Agglomerate Breakage

J. J. Derksen*, D. Eskin

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Abstract

Direct simulations of laminar solid liquid flow in microchannels with full resolution of the solid liquid interfaces have been performed. The solids phase consists of simple agglomerates, assembled of monosized, spherical particles. The flow of the interstitial liquid is solved with the lattice-Boltzmann method. Solids and fluid dynamics are two-way coupled. The simulations keep track of the flow-induced forces in the agglomerates. The effects of agglomerate type (doublets, triplets, and quadruplets), solids loading, and channel geometry on (the statistics of the) flow and collision-induced forces has been investigated. By comparing these forces with agglomerate strength, we would be able to assess the potential of microchannels as agglomerate breakage devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10633-10640
Number of pages8
JournalIndustrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Volume49
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2010
Event21st International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE 21) - Philadelphia, Panama
Duration: 13 Jun 201016 Jun 2010

Keywords

  • CRYSTAL SIZE DISTRIBUTION
  • LIQUID-FLUIDIZED BEDS
  • NUMERICAL SIMULATIONS
  • BOLTZMANN-EQUATION
  • SHEAR FIELD
  • AGGREGATION
  • FRAGMENTATION
  • SUSPENSIONS
  • MODELS

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