FRANCESCONI Javier Andres
Computational Analysis of a Vortex Ingesting Bioreactor for Hydrogen Production
G. MONTANTE; M. CORONEO; JAVIER A. FRANCESCONI; A. PAGLIANTI; F. MAGELLI
Chemical Engineering Transactions
The Italian Association of Chemical Engineering
Año: 2013 vol. 32 p. 721 - 721
In this work, the fluid dynamics behaviour of a model bioreactor specifically designed for a fermentative hydrogen production process is investigated by Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. The geometrical features of the bioreactor, which is a dual impellers baffled stirred tank provided with a draft tube and the gas-liquid characteristics of the vortex ingesting operating mode, make the modelling and the numerical solution tasks particularly challenging. The computational strategy is based on the two-phase formulation of the Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes equations in an Eulerian framework for both the continuous and the dispersed phase. The results of the simulations are compared with available experimental data under the same operating conditions and an identical bioreactor geometry. The reliability of the predicted overall hydrodynamics behaviour and the accuracy of the turbulent two-phase mean velocity field are evaluated and critically discussed.