Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering, Vol.27, No.11, 2659-2665, 2019
Modeling bubble column reactor with the volume of fluid approach: Comparison of surface tension models
This work aims at comparing surface tension models in VOF (Volume of Fluid) modeling and investigating the effects of gas distributor and gas velocity. Hydrodynamics of a continuous chain of bubbles inside a bubble column reactor was simulated. The grid independence study was first conducted and a grid size of 1.0 mm was adopted in order to minimize the computing time without compromising the accuracy of the results. The predictions were validated by comparing the experimental studies reported in the literature. It was found that all surface tension models can describe the bubble rise and bubble plume in a column with slight deviations. (C) 2019 The Chemical industry and Engineering Society of China, and Chemical Industry Press Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.