Convective heat transfer in gas-solid suspension flow through packed beds

Authors

  • Arcot R. Balakrishnan,

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada
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  • David C. T. Pei

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    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada
    • Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada
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Abstract

A correlation for the convective heat transfer between a bed of metallic oxides and a flowing gas-solid suspension was obtained experimentally. Four industrially important commercial catalysts with different physical, thermal, and transport properties were used as the bed materials. A wide range of air flow rates and solids to gas loading ratios were used. The correlating parameters, to estimate the convective Nusselt number, were found to be the Reynolds number, the Archimedes number, the solids loading ratio, and the shape factor of the packing materials. Impressive increases in heat transfer rates were observed with increased solids loading.

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