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Abstract

A general theory is presented for the prediction of effective axial conductivity and overall radial heat transfer coefficient for fluid flow through packed beds, under either transient or steady state conditions. The parameters to be used in each case may be quite different, depending on the dominant phase for heat transfer. The theory unifies all previous results and explains conflicting conclusions arrived at by different workers. The ability of a pseudohomogeneous model to reproduce packedbed transients is shown to depend upon the choice of effective parameters.