This research investigates the effects of the sparger on flow patterns and heat transfer within a column photobioreactor (PBR) using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). This study compares two types of spargers: a porous membrane, which occupies the entire floor of the reactor, and a single sparger, which is located along the centerline of the PBR floor. The PBR is modeled using the Lagrangian–Eulerian approach. The objective of this research is to predict the performance of PBRs using CFD models, which can be used to improve the design of PBRs used to grow microalgae that are used to produce biofuels and bioproducts.
Predicting Hydrodynamic and Heat Transfer Effects of Sparger Geometry and Placement Within a Column Photobioreactor Using Computational Fluid Dynamics
Contributed by the Advanced Energy Systems Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF FUEL CELL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received November 27, 2013; final manuscript received December 20, 2013; published online February 11, 2014. Editor: Nigel M. Sammes.
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Bari, G. S., Suess, T. N., Anderson, G. A., and Gent, S. P. (February 11, 2014). "Predicting Hydrodynamic and Heat Transfer Effects of Sparger Geometry and Placement Within a Column Photobioreactor Using Computational Fluid Dynamics." ASME. J. Fuel Cell Sci. Technol. June 2014; 11(3): 031010. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4026525
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