Conference Dates

May 1-5, 2011


In this paper we evaluate different methods for statistically analyzing the variability in pressure fluctuations measured at three locations in an 80-mm-ID, 5-m-tall CFB model operated with natural rutile particles and air at ambient conditions. The methods evaluated are the Shannon entropy, Fischer information matrix together with kernel density estimation, and an estimation of the magnitude of the pressure amplitudes. The accuracy of the different methods is estimated by the bootstrap method. We illustrate how informative statistics from these methods can be used to quantify the effect of the process variables on fluidization at different bed locations. Depending on the interest of the experimenter, the method and statistic can be selected which explains fluidization operation most accurately.