Conference Dates

May 1-5, 2011


Standpipes are often the bottleneck in a circulating fluidized bed processes. Understanding the pressure build and dissipation in a standpipe is critical in designing and operating a standpipe that can meet production needs. However, this critical component of a circulating fluidized bed (CFB) is often neglected in the design process which usually results in an underperforming unit operation. In an effort to better design new standpipe and to better optimize existing ones, electrical capacitance tomography (ECT) was evaluated in a 7-inch (18-cm) diameter standpipe to understand the gas-solid hydrodynamics in a standpipe with respect to circulation rates and aeration strategies.