Effect of Wall Boundary Conditions and Mesh Refinement on Numerical Simulation of Pressurized Dense Fluidized Bed for Polymerization Reactor

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Fede, Pascal; Simonin, Olivier; Ansart, Renaud; Neau, Herve; Ghouila, I.
Fluidization Technology; Chemical Engineering
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The effect of the mesh refinement and the solid phase boundary condition are investigated for numerical simulation of dense pressurized fluidized bed. Two fluidized beds have been considered: a laboratory-scale device and a pilot-scale facility. A relation is proposed to scale-up the numerical simulation and preserving the spatial resolution accuracy. As expected the boundary condition of the solid phase modifies the behaviour of the fluidized bed. Compared to free-slip wall boundary condition, a no-slip condition improves the numerical predictions with respect to available experimental data.