Prediction on immersed tubes erosion using two-fluid model in a bubbling fluidized bed

Yurong He (Corresponding Author), Wenbo Zhan, Yunhua Zhao, Huilin Lu, Inaki Schlaberg

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A numerical study based on a gas–solid two-fluid model using body-fitted coordinates to predict the immersed tube erosion rate in a bubbling fluidized bed has been conducted. Computations have been performed at various s/D ratios (ratio of the spacing between two tube centers to the diameter of the tubes) for a bed into which one, two, three or four immersed tubes were inserted. A monolayer kinetic energy dissipation model is implemented to simulate the erosion on the surfaces of the immersed tubes at the body-fitted coordinates. The effect of the s/D ratios on the erosion rate in the bubbling fluidized bed is investigated. A granular temperature distribution provides an indication of the regions on the immersed tubes that could be susceptible to fluctuation intensity of the solid phase. Wake properties influenced the erosion rate remarkably. Calculated erosion rates on the surfaces of the immersed tubes were in good agreement with previous experimental and numerical findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3072-3082
Number of pages11
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Issue number13
Early online date31 Mar 2009
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2009


  • erosion
  • body-fitted coordinates
  • two-fluid model
  • immersed tubes
  • bubbling fluidized bed
  • wake properties


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