Three-dimensional gas-liquid simulation of an airlift bubble column reactor

G.M. Cartland Glover, M. Blažej, S.C. Generalis, J. Markoš

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    Basic hydrodynamic parameters of an airlift reactor with internal loop were estimated experimentally and simulated using commercially available CFD software from Fluent. Circulation velocity in a 32-dm(3)-airlift reactor was measured using the magnetic tracer method, meanwhile the gas hold-up was obtained by analysis of the pressure drop using the method of inverted U-tube manometers. Comparison of simulated (in two and three dimensions) and experimental data was performed at different superficial gas velocities in the riser.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)387-392
    Number of pages6
    JournalChemical Papers
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


    • hydrodynamic parameters
    • airlift reactor
    • internal loop
    • circulation velocity
    • gas hold-up
    • pressure drop
    • inverted U-tube manometers


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