(64c) Flow Field Visualization in Structured Packing Using Real Time X-Ray Radiography
- Conference: AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
- Year: 2009
- Proceeding: 2009 Spring Meeting & 5th Global Congress on Process Safety
- Group: Distillation Topical
- Time: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 2:40pm-3:10pm
This research developed an experimental method for validating the CFD representation of single phase (vapor) flow through structured packing. Real time X-ray radiography was used to visualize fluid streamlines in structured packing by tracking neutrally buoyant X-ray absorbing particles entrained in water flow. Flow through the packing was found to be uniform while flow at the packing element joints exhibited chaotic flow and recirculation zones. Individual radiographs were analyzed to determine particle displacement and compute local velocities.
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