Review of the phenomenon of fluidization and its numerical modelling techniques


  • H Khawaja



The paper introduces the phenomenon of fluidization as a process. Fluidization occurs when a fluid (liquid or gas) is pushed upwards through a bed of granular material. This may make the granular material to behave like a liquid and, for example, keep a level meniscus on a tilted container, or make a lighter object float on top and a heavier object sink to the bottom. The behavior of the granular material, when fluidized, depends on the superficial gas velocity, particle size, particle density, and fluid properties resulting in various regimes of fluidization. These regimes are discussed in detail in the paper. This paper also discusses the application of fluidized beds from its early usage in the Winkler coal gasifier to more recent applications for manufacturing of carbon nano-tubes. In addition, Geldart grouping based on the range of particle sizes is discussed. The minimum fluidization condition is defined and it is demonstrated that it may be registered slightly different when particles are being fluidized or de-fluidized. The paper presents discussion on three numerical modelling techniques: the two fluid model, unresolved fluid-particle model and resolved fluid particle model. The two fluid model is often referred to Eulerian-Eulerian method of solution and assumes particles as well as fluid as continuum. The unresolved and resolved fluid-particle models are based on Eulerian-Lagrangian method of solution. The key difference between them is the whether to use a drag correlation or solve the boundary layer around the particles. The paper ends with the discussion on the applicability of these models.


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How to Cite

Khawaja, H. (2015) “Review of the phenomenon of fluidization and its numerical modelling techniques”, The International Journal of Multiphysics, 9(4), pp. 397-408. doi: 10.1260/1750-9548.9.4.397.




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