Total solution of Gibilaro and Rowe model for a segregating fluidised bed

M.C. Leaper, A.C. King, A.S. Burbidge

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This study re-examines the one-dimensional equilibrium model of Gibilaro and Rowe (1974) for a segregating gas fluidized bed. The model was based on volumetric jetsam concentration and divided the bed contents into bulk and wake phases, taking account of bulk and wake flux, segregation, exchange between the bulk and wake phases, and axial mixing. Due to the complex nature of the model and its unstable solution, the lack of computing power at the time prevented the authors from doing little more than the analytical solutions to specific cases of this model. This paper provides a numerical total solution and allows the effect of the respective parameters to be compared for the first time. There is also a comparison with experimental results, which showed a reasonable agreement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-167
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Engineering and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • fluidized beds
  • modeling
  • multicomponent systems


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