Heat transfer of gas-solid two-phase mixtures flowing through a packed bed

Dongsheng Wen, Thang Ngoc Cong, Yurong He, Haisheng Chen, Yulong Ding

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This paper reports an experimental study on both transient and steady-state heat transfer behavior of a gas-solid two-phase mixture flowing through a packed bed under constant wall temperature conditions. A logarithmic mean temperature difference (LMTD) method is used to process the temperature data to obtain the overall heat transfer coefficient. The influences of particle loading and gas flow Reynolds number are investigated. The results show that the introduction of suspended particles greatly enhances heat transfer between the flowing gas-solid two-phase mixture and the packed bed, and the enhancement increases approximately linearly with increasing particle loading. The heat transfer coefficient data are processed to give the Nusselt number, which is found to correlate well to the Reynolds number, the Archimedes number and the suspended particle loading ratio. A comparison of the data of this work with the published data reveals large discrepancy. Possible reasons for the discrepancy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4241-4249
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Constant wall temperature condition
  • Gas-solid two-phase mixtures
  • Heat transfer
  • Packed bed


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