(133a) Scale up Practices for Today's Breakthrough Technologies
Encina Chemicals has capitalized on this solids mobility benefit for a coal upgrading process. Along with coal upgrading, the process provides the continuous regeneration of heat transfer media together with the separation of ash byproduct. The effect of complex economic drivers and resulting design criteria on required fluidization hydrodynamics are managed by combining cold-flow hydrodynamic testing with CFD modeling insights. This enables rapid hypothesis testing and scale-up practices with faster time to commercialization of an optimum design. This paper discusses the approach used to combine cold-flow hydrodynamics research with CFD simulation for rapid process commercialization considering relevant economic and technological drivers.