Gas-liquid simulation of an airlift bubble column reactor

Michal Blažej, G.M. Cartland Glover, S.C. Generalis, J. Markoš*

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The simulation of two-phase flow for an experimental airlift reactor (32-l volume) using commercially available software from Fluent Incorporated is presented here ( Data from the simulation is compared with the experimental data obtained by the tracking of a magnetic particle and analysis of the pressure drop to determine the gas hold-up. Comparisons between vertical velocity and gas hold-up were made for a series of experiments where the superficial gas velocity in the riser was adjusted between 0.01 and 0.075 m s-1. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-144
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Engineering and Processing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2004

Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Chemical engineering and processing. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Blažej, M., Cartland Glover, G. M., Generalis, S. C., & Markoš, J. Gas–liquid simulation of an airlift bubble column reactor. Chemical engineering and processing, Vol. 43 No. 2 (2004) DOI


  • airlift reactor (ALR)
  • CFD
  • circulation velocity
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • fluent
  • gas holdup
  • modelling of hydrodynamics


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