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A functional subgrid drift velocity model for filtered drag prediction in dense fluidized bed

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  • Jean-François Parmentier,

    1. Université de Toulouse; INPT, UPS; Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse; F-31400 Toulouse, France
    2. CNRS; IMFT, UMR 5502; Allée Camille Soula, 31400 Toulouse, France
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  • Olivier Simonin,

    Corresponding author
    1. Université de Toulouse; INPT, UPS; Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse; F-31400 Toulouse, France
    2. CNRS; IMFT, UMR 5502; Allée Camille Soula, 31400 Toulouse, France
    • CNRS; IMFT, UMR 5502; Allée Camille Soula, 31400 Toulouse, France
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  • Olivier Delsart

    1. TOTAL CReG, BP 27, F-76700 Harfleur, France
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Abstract

Due to computational time limitations, fully resolved simulations using the two-fluid model of the flow inside industrial-scale fluidized beds are unaffordable. The filtered approach is used to account for the effect of small unresolved scales on the large resolved scales computed with “coarse” realistic meshes. Using a fully resolved simulation, we highlight the need to account for a subgrid drift velocity to obtain the correct bed expansion when using coarse meshes. This velocity, defined as the difference between the filtered gas velocity seen by the particle phase and the resolved filtered gas velocity, modify the effective relative velocity appearing in the drag law. We close it as a correction of the resolved relative velocity depending on the filtered particle concentration and the filter size. A dynamic procedure is used to adjust a tuning parameter. Bed expansion obtained with a posteriori test on coarse-grid simulations matches well to fully resolved simulations. © 2011 American Institute of Chemical Engineers AIChE J, 2012

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