CFD Simulations of Hydrodynamics of Conical Spouted Bed Nuclear Fuel Coaters

Lule S. S. , Çolak Ü., KÖKSAL M., KÜLAH G.

CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION, vol.21, pp.122-132, 2015 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/cvde.201407150
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.122-132
  • Keywords: Computational fluid dynamics, Conical spouted bed, High density particles, Nuclear fuel coater, TFM, NUMERICAL-SIMULATION, PARTICLES, DYNAMICS, FLOW, GAS, COEFFICIENT, VELOCITIES, STABILITY


The ability of the two fluid method (TFM) to predict the gas-solid flow phenomenon in conical spouted beds operated with high density (6050kgm(-3)) particles simulating the nuclear fuel coating conditions is investigated. The effects of geometric and operational factors, such as conical angle and static bed height, are also assessed. The results show that TFM predicts the time-averaged bed pressure drop quite well. The qualitative variation of the particle velocity, solids volume fraction, and axial particle flux with axial height are captured by the simulations. The simulated trends observed in the investigation of the effects of static bed height and conical angle on the particle velocity, solids volume fraction, and axial particle flux agree well with those of the experimental measurements.