Conference Dates

May 1-5, 2011


In this study, both 2D and 3D numerical simulations of a well-documented circulating fluidized bed with a square cross-section were conducted. With some assumptions, a series of 2D simulations was first carried out to study the influence of grid resolution, initial flow field, and boundary condition on the flow hydrodynamics. It was found that 2D simulations under-predicted the solids inventory even with the finest grid (10-particle-diameter grid size). On the other hand, a 3D simulation with relatively coarse grid was found in better agreement with the experimental data. Differences between 2D and 3D simulations were briefly discussed.