Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Anthony G. Dixon, Advisor

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

David DiBiasio, Department Head

Identifier

etd-050114-103329

Abstract

This study compared experimental and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) results for heating and cooling in a packed bed (N=5.33). The experimental data was compared between heating and cooling, and was also used to validate the CFD model. The validated models were used to compare theoretical heat transfer parameters. For the experiments, it was found that the effective thermal conductivity was comparable for heating and cooling, and the wall Nusselt number for heating was higher. For the CFD results, it was found that both the wall Nusselt number and effective thermal conductivity were comparable for heating and cooling. The wall Nusselt number was slightly higher for cooling, however this difference decreased as the Reynolds number increased.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name

MS

Department

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Thesis

Date Accepted

2014-05-01

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Subjects

CFD, Heat Transfer, Packed Beds

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