A three-demensional CFD model for gas-liquid bubble columns

E. Delnoij, J.A.M. Kuipers, W.P.M. van Swaaij

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This paper discusses the development of a three-dimensional Euler¿Lagrange CFD model for a gas¿liquid bubble column. The model resolves the time-dependent, three-dimensional motion of small, spherical gas bubbles in a liquid. Our model incorporates all relevant forces acting on a bubble rising in a liquid, and accounts for two-way momentum coupling between the phases. The liquid-phase hydrodynamics are described using the volume-averaged Navier¿Stokes equations for laminar flow. This three-dimensional CFD model is used to study the effect of the aspect ratio of the bubble column on the flow pattern
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2217-2226
Number of pages10
JournalChemical engineering science
Issue number13-14
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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