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Drying of a dilute suspension in a revolving flow fluidized bed of inert particles

Authors Zhao, Lijuan
Pan, Yongkang
Li, Jianguo
Chen, Guohua View this author's profile
Mujumdar, Arun Sadashiv
Issue Date 2004
Source Drying technology , v. 22, (1-2), 2004, p. 363-376
Summary Revolving air flow was generated by oblique holes on air distribution board in a fluidized bed dryer. Such a revolving air flow shows a large scale velocity fluctuation in radial as well as tangential directions. This turbulent flow of air can fluidize the inert particles with superior performance than vibrated fluidized bed. The revolving fluidized bed is simpler in fabrication and easier in operation. For two types of inert particles tested, 4mm glass beads and 4mm x 5mm Teflon cylindrical extrudates, the volumetric heat transfer coefficients were found to increase with the liquid feed flowrate and air flow velocity but decrease with the air inlet temperature, height of static bed, and liquid concentration. The revolving fluidized bed gives an increase of volumetric heat transfer coefficient by 1kW/m(3) K, and represents a 15-25\% enhancement from ordinary fluidized bed operated at a bed height of 60 mm, bed diameter of 140mm, superficial air flow velocity of 3.5m/s, liquid feed (Soya milk) flowrate of 20 mL/min at a concentration of 6.7\%, and a temperature ranges of 80-140 degreesC using Teflon extrudates as inert particles.
ISSN 0737-3937
Language English
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