Chemical Engineering Science, Vol.84, 746-760, 2012
MFIX simulation of NETL/PSRI challenge problem of circulating fluidized bed
In this paper, numerical simulations of NETL/PSRI challenge problem of circulating fluidized bed (CFB) using the open-source code Multiphase Flow with Interphase exchange (MFIX) are reported. Two rounds of simulation results are reported including the first-round blind test and the second-round modeling refinement. Three-dimensional high fidelity simulations are conducted to model a 12-inch diameter pilot-scale CFB riser. Detailed comparisons between numerical results and experimental data are made with respect to axial pressure gradient profile, radial profiles of solids velocity and solids mass flux along different radial directions at various elevations for operating conditions covering different fluidization regimes. Overall, the numerical results show that CFD can predict the complex gas-solids flow behavior in the CFB riser reasonably well. In addition, lessons learnt from modeling this challenge problem are presented. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.