This research investigates the placement of spargers on thermofluid effects within a column photobioreactor (PBR) using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). This study compares two configurations, each with three rows of spargers spaced at different widths: one with spargers spaced 7.62 cm apart and the other spaced 10.16 cm apart. These spargers are modeled in a PBR with overall dimensions of 34.29 cm in length, 15.25 cm in width, and 34.28 cm in height. The objective of this research is to predict the performance of PBRs using CFD, which can be used to improve the design of PBRs used to grow microalgae for biofuels and bioproducts.
Hydrodynamic and Heat Transfer Effects of Varying Sparger Spacing 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 May 30, 2014; final manuscript received August 13, 2014; published online November 25, 2014. Editor: Nigel M. Sammes.
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Bari, G. S., Suess, T. N., Anderson, G. A., and Gent, S. P. (February 1, 2015). "Hydrodynamic and Heat Transfer Effects of Varying Sparger Spacing Within a Column Photobioreactor Using Computational Fluid Dynamics." ASME. J. Fuel Cell Sci. Technol. February 2015; 12(1): 011004. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4028951
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