Numerical analysis and data comparison of a supercritical water oxidation reactor



Supercritical water oxidation of isopropyl alcohol was investigated in a pilot-scale reactor. A computational fluid-dynamics model developed reveals the detailed flow field, chemical-component distribution, temperature distribution, and salt-particle trajectories in the reactor flow domain. The near-wall fluid temperature from the numerical analysis was compared with experimental temperature data. The temperature comparison was within a 3% error band. The effect of the chemical kinetic rate was investigated for four different rates. Turbulent salt-particle trajectories were also calculated to investigate the effect of particle sizes on salt deposit on the wall. Also, a method of calculating the adiabatic reaction temperature was developed to estimate reaction temperatures prior to a full numerical simulation.