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Pore-network modeling of trickle bed reactors: Pressure drop analysis

Abstract : A pore network model (PNM) has been developed to simulate gas–liquid trickle flows inside fixed beds of spherical particles. The geometry has been previously built from X-ray micro-tomography experiments, and the flow in the throats between pores is modeled as a pure viscous Poiseuille two-phase flow. The flow distribution between pores and throats is obtained by solving mass and momentum balance equations. As a first application of this simple but powerful meso-scale model, a focus is proposed on the ability of PNM to estimate pressure drop and liquid saturation in co-current gas–liquid flows. PNM results arecompared to the classical 1D pressure drop models of Attou et al. (1999), Holub et al. (1992) and Larachi et al. (1991). Agreement and discrepancies are discussed, and, finally, it has been found that the actual PNM approach produces realistic pressure drops as far as inertial contributions to friction are negligible. Concerning liquid saturation, the PNM only estimates its value in the throats between pores. As a consequence, liquid saturations are overestimated, but they can be easily corrected by an ad hoc empirical model.
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Rachid Hannaoui, Pierre Horgue, Faical Larachi, Yacine Haroun, Frédéric Augier, et al.. Pore-network modeling of trickle bed reactors: Pressure drop analysis. Chemical Engineering Journal, Elsevier, 2015, vol. 262, pp. 334-343. ⟨10.1016/j.cej.2014.09.098⟩. ⟨hal-01096697⟩



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