CFD and bubble column reactors: simulation and experiment

Gregory Cartland Glover, Sotos C. Generalis, Niele H. Thomas

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The simulation of two-phase flow in bubble columns using commercially available software fromFluent Incorporated is presented here. Data from a bubble column with a ratio of height to thecolumn diameter of 5 : 1 are compared with simulations and experimental results for time-averaged velocity and Reynolds stress proles are used to validate transient, two-dimensional simulations.The models are based on multiphase biological reactors with applications in the food industry. An example case of the mass transfer of oxygen through the liquid phase is also presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-369
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Papers
Issue number6A
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Event27th International Conference of the Slovak Society of Chemical Engineering - Tatranské Matliare, Slovakia
Duration: 22 May 200026 May 2000


  • simulation
  • two-phase flow
  • bubble columns
  • time-averaged velocity
  • Reynolds stress profiles
  • transient
  • two-dimensional simulations
  • multiphase biological reactors
  • food industry
  • mass transfer
  • oxygen
  • liquid phase


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