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Modeling of complex liquid-solid flow of particle swelling in slurry loop reactors
Zhou, Rongtao1,2; Chen, Jianhua1; Yang, Ning1; Li, Jinghai1; Fernandez, Alvaro3; Ricoux, Philippe4

A swelling-dependent two-fluid model (STFM) is developed for the liquid-solid flows of swelling particles in polyethylene reactors. The model integrates the two-fluid model (TFM) with a species transport equation (STE) to account for the diffusion of alkane molecules from the liquid bulk to the amorphous region of particles, and a population balance equation (PBE) to consider the aggregation of swelling particles. Simulations show that only the TFM fails to capture the main features of swelling systems. By contrast, the STFM captures the gradual increase of power consumption due to particle swelling and aggregation, which agrees with the experiments in a stirred tank. The STFM predicts also the slug formation and a sharp increase of power consumption in a slurry loop reactor as well as the solid accumulation behind pump. The difference of model prediction for stirred tanks and loop reactors suggests the potential of reactor optimization by enhancing local mixing while still keeping high solid concentration for productivity. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

KeywordCfd Simulation Pbe Polyethylene Swelling Loop Reactor Mesoscale
WOS HeadingsScience & Technology ; Technology
Indexed BySCI
WOS KeywordCirculating Fluidized-beds ; Kinetic-theory ; Cfd Simulation ; Bubble-columns ; A-particles ; Gas ; Hydrodynamics ; Coalescence ; Systems ; Scale
WOS Research AreaEngineering
WOS SubjectEngineering, Chemical
Funding OrganizationTOTAL S.A. ; National Key Research and Development Program of China(2017YFB0602500) ; National Natural Science Foundation of China(91434121 ; Chinese Academy of Sciences(122111KYSB20150003) ; 91634203)
WOS IDWOS:000418484200040
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Corresponding AuthorYang, Ning
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Proc Engn, State Key Lab Multiphase Complex Syst, Beijing 100190, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
3.TOTAL Ind Div, Refining & Chem, Brussels, Belgium
4.TOTAL Sci Div, Data Proc & Modeling, Brussels, Belgium
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Zhou, Rongtao,Chen, Jianhua,Yang, Ning,et al. Modeling of complex liquid-solid flow of particle swelling in slurry loop reactors[J]. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE,2018,176(00):476-490.
APA Zhou, Rongtao,Chen, Jianhua,Yang, Ning,Li, Jinghai,Fernandez, Alvaro,&Ricoux, Philippe.(2018).Modeling of complex liquid-solid flow of particle swelling in slurry loop reactors.CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE,176(00),476-490.
MLA Zhou, Rongtao,et al."Modeling of complex liquid-solid flow of particle swelling in slurry loop reactors".CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE 176.00(2018):476-490.
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