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dc.contributor.authorIglauer, Stefan
dc.contributor.authorWarnecke, H-J.
dc.identifier.citationIglauer, Stefan and Warnecke, Hans-Joachim. 2009. Simulation and Experimental Validation of Two-Phase Flow in an Aerosol-Counter Flow Reactor using Computational Fluid Dynamics. Chemical Engineering & Technology. 32 (6): pp. 939-947.

A simulation of the hydrodynamic behavior of an aerosol-counter flow reactor was conducted using an Euler-Lagrange method. The simulation results were then verified with experiments. The process simulated was a separation process required during the production of biodiesel (fatty acid methyl ester). In this process, the liquid ester/glycerol phases are continuously injected through a hollow cone nozzle with an overpressure of 106 Pa into the reactor, operated at 15000 Pa. The liquid is atomized because of the pressure drop and a liquid particle spray is generated with an inlet velocity of 44.72 m/s. Water vapor of temperature 333 K is injected tangentially through two side, gas inlets with an inlet velocity of 1.2 m/s. Excess methanol is subjected to a mass transfer from the liquid phase into the gas phase, which is withdrawn through the head of the reactor and condensed in an external condenser unit. The stripping of the methanol off the liquid leads to a sharp interface between the glycerol and the ester phase, which can then be easily separated by gravity or pumping.The gas velocity field, pressure field and the liquid particle trajectories were calculated successfully. Simulated dwell time distribution curves were derived and analyzed with the open-open vessel dispersion model. Experimental dwell time distribution curves were measured, analyzed with the open-open vessel dispersion model, and compared with the simulated curves. A good consistency between simulated and measured Bodenstein numbers was achieved, but 25 % of the simulated particles exited at the reactor's head, contrary to experimental observations. The difference between simulated and measured dwell times was within one order of magnitude.

dc.subjectComputational fluid dynamics
dc.subjectEuler-Lagrange method
dc.subjectTwo-phase flow
dc.subjectAerosol-counter flow reactor
dc.titleSimulation and Experimental Validation of Two-Phase Flow in an Aerosol-Counter Flow Reactor using Computational Fluid Dynamics
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleChemical Engineering & Technology
curtin.departmentDepartment of Petroleum Engineering
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