Faculty Advisor

Dixon, Anthony G.

Abstract

Fluid flow and heat transfer in fixed beds with tube to particle diameter ratios of N=3 and N=5.96 were simulated using COMSOL, a multiphysics program. The geometries of these models consisted of 55 and 400 spheres respectively. This type of study is traditionally done using a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software package, however, in this study it was desired to see how well a multiphysics package could compare. Results obtained from COMSOL were compared to data from published studies which performed similar simulations using a CFD package, and the data agreed relatively well. So COMSOL is a useful tool for simulating these types of models.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2011

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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