A multifluid-PBE model for simulation of mass transfer limited processes operated in bubble columns
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Original versionComputers and Chemical Engineering. 2017, 110 115-139. 10.1016/j.compchemeng.2017.11.023
Modeling of reactive dispersed flows with interfacial mass transfer limitations require an accurate description of the interfacial area, mass transfer coefficient and the driving force. The driving force is given by the difference in species composition between the continuous and dispersed phases and thus depends on bubble size. This paper shows the extension of the multifluid-PBE model to reactive and non-isothermal flows with novel transport equations for species mass and temperature which are continuous functions of bubble size. The model is demonstrated by simulating the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis operated in a slurry bubble column at industrial conditions. The simulation results show different composition and velocity for the smallest and largest bubbles. The temperature profile was independent of bubble size due to efficient heat exchange. The proposed model is particularly useful in investigating the effects of bubble size on strongly mass transfer limited processes operated in the heterogeneous flow regime.