Gas-liquid-solid flow modelling in a bubble column

Gregory Cartland Glover, Sotos C. Generalis*

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    An alternative approach to the modelling of solid-liquid and gas-liquid-solid flows for a 5:1 height to width aspect ratio bubble column is presented here. A modified transport equation for the volume fraction of a dispersed phase has been developed for the investigation of turbulent buoyancy driven flows (Chem. Eng. Proc., in press). In this study, a modified transport equation has been employed for discrete phase motion considering both solid-liquid and gas-liquid-solid flows. The modelling of the three-phase flow in a bubble column was achieved in the following case: injecting a slug of solid particles into the column for 10 s at a velocity of 0.1 m s-1 and then the gas phase flow was initiated with a superficial gas velocity of 0.02 cm s-1. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)117-126
    Number of pages10
    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 Generalis, Sotos C. and Cartland Glover, Gregory (2004). Gas–liquid–solid flow modelling in a bubble column. Chemical Engineering and Processing, 43 (2), pp. 117-126. DOI 10.1016/S0255-2701(03)00009-6


    • bubble columns
    • computational fluid dynamics
    • mixture models
    • Reynolds stress turbulence transport
    • three-phase flow
    • two-phase flow


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