Conference Dates

May 1-5, 2011


A non-intrusive vibration monitoring technique was used to study the flow behavior in a fluidized bed. This technique has several advantages compared to other techniques, such as pressure probes and optical fiber probes which may influence the measurement because they are intrusive. Experiments were conducted in a 15 cm diameter by 2 m tall fluidized bed using 470 micron sand particles. Auto correlation functions, mutual information function and Hurst exponent analyses were used to analyze the fluidized bed hydrodynamics near the transition point from bubbling to turbulent fluidization regime. These methods were able to detect the regime transition point using vibration signals.