Gas distribution of a downward micro-nozzle assisted fluidized bed of fine powder

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A downward micro-nozzle system is investigated for the fluidization of fine particles. To study the impact of the gas flow from the nozzle on the fluidization, the gas distribution below the nozzle is measured in a bed filled with 76 pm Puralox particles. A high speed X-ray tomography system, consisting of 3 X-ray sources and 2 layers of 32 detectors for each source, is employed to visualize the gas distribution with a temporal resolution of 2500 fps. Both the time-averaged and time resolved results are analyzed by combining the tomographic images from different measurement heights. A bubbling area, diluted area, and compacted area are found from the time averaged results. From time-series analysis, a stable bubbling flow is detected from both the cross-correlation of the raw data and image reconstruction. The penetration depth is also estimated. The results are validated with correlations from literature. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)945-953
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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