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Process intensification of fluidised bed reactors


The aim of the project is investigate novel fluidised bed configurations that will improve performance and reduce capital and operating costs for commercial installations.


Professor Andrew Harris.

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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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Fluidised beds are already considered a high intensity reaction system. However, in recent years, modifications to the basic technology have been shown to improve particle mixing and heat and mass transfer rates. These improvements have resulted from altering the way in which the fluidising gas is introduced to, and moved around, the reactor. Unfortunately, most of these modifications are carefully guarded industrial secrets and much of the underlying science remains unknown.The project will investigate novel gas introduction methods as well as different internal configurations using computational fluid dynamic models and laboratory-scale validation experiments. There are applications of these advanced fluidised beds in CNT synthesis, the hydrogen energy economy, and many other fields.

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 349

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