Faculty Advisor

Dixon, Anthony G.


The purpose of this project was to determine whether or not CFD modeling could be used to simulate the heat transfer in a pilot-scale low-N packed-bed reactor. Fluent 6.3.26 was used to simulate four 16- centimeter segments of a packed bed with available experimental data on inlet and outlet temperature profiles. Two different models were used (gaps and bridges) to model the contact points between the particles and the wall. It was found that the bridges model has a slightly greater accuracy when compared to the experimental data than the gaps model, although both models significantly over- predicted the temperature at the center of the bed. In conclusion, the CFD simulation gave an overall high level of correlation to the experimental data


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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