Characteristics of liquid and tracer dispersion in trickle-bed reactors: Effect on CFD modeling and experimental analyses

K. Lappalainen (Corresponding Author), Elena Gorshkova, Mikko Manninen, V. Alopaeus

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The characteristics of mechanical dispersion of tracer and liquid are analyzed using CFD modeling and experimental results from the literature. The most significant differences are underlined and their impact is discussed further. When compared to uniform liquid distribution, the more complicated flow conditions in liquid source measurements are considered to have a significant effect on result analysis and should be paid more attention to. Modeling of mechanical dispersion of liquid using CFD is discussed. Finally, liquid source dispersion cases are simulated and the results are compared to the experimental liquid as well as tracer dispersion results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-49
Number of pages9
JournalComputers and Chemical Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



  • CFD
  • Liquid dispersion
  • Multiphase flow
  • Packed beds
  • Porous media

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