Conference Dates

May 1-5, 2011


Industrial scale bubbling fluidized bed simulations were carried out within the Kinetic Theory of Granular Flows (KTGF). The KTGF was applied within two different modelling frameworks, the traditional Two Fluid Model (TFM) and a new approach in the form of the Dense Discrete Phase Model (DDPM), in order to identify any differences in performance. Only the DDPM was able to attain fully grid independent results for industrial scale 2D simulations. In fact, the performance was sufficiently good to enable the completion of reasonably affordable full 3D simulations. These simulations revealed some differences between 2D and 3D, but the global system behaviour remained relatively similar. Comparisons to experimental pressure drop data for both 2D and 3D simulations were acceptable.