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International Society for Industrial Process Tomography

1st World Congress on Industrial Process Tomography

A Behaviour of a Catalyst Powder Flowing Down in a Dipleg

S. J. Wang3, D. Geldart2, M.S. Beck3* and T. Dyakowski1*

1Department of Chemical Engineering,

University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, PO Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD, England

2Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bradford

3Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, UMIST

* The authors are members of the Virtual Centre for Industrial Process Tomography

Abstract - The dipleg can generally operate in three basic flow regimes; packed- bed, fluidized- bed flow and a dilute flow called streaming flow. The most common perception of an overflow dipleg is that it consists of a fluidized dense phase at the bottom and a dilute phase in the upper part. This paper presents the tomographic images obtained at three locations along the dipleg. These show the effects of solids mass fluxes and the backpressure on the character of solids distribution along the pipe cross-section. The radial profiles of average solids distribution are compared with the literature data.

Keywords: Capacitance Tomography, Circulating Fluidized Bed

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