CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, vol.62, no.24, pp.7151-7162, 2007 (SCI-Expanded)
Gas-liquid contacting in tubular reactors was simulated using an Eulerian-Eulerian CFD approach in which accurate interphase momentum closure relations are incorporated, bubble-induced turbulence is accounted for, and population balance equations are used to describe bubble breakage and coalescence. The ability of two breakup kernels (Luo, H., Svendsen, H.F., 1996. Theoretical model for drop and bubble breakup in turbulent dispersions. A.I.Ch.E. Journal 42, 1225-1233; Lehr, F., Millies, M., Mewes, D., 2002. Bubble size distributions and flow fields in bubble columns. A.I.Ch.E. Journal 48, 2426-2443) and three coalescence kernels (Prince, M.J., Blanch, H.W., 1990. Bubble coalescence and breakup in air sparged bubble columns. A.I.Ch.E. Journal 36, 1485-1499; Luo, H., 1993. Coalescence, breakup and liquid recirculation in bubble column reactors. Ph.D. Thesis, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim; Lehr, F., Millies, M., Mewes, D., 2002. Bubble size distributions and flow fields in bubble columns. A.I.Ch.E. Journal 48, 2426-2443) to accurately predict several flow parameters in pipe flow was tested.