Journal article

Particle residence time distributions in a vortex-based solar particle receiver-reactor: An experimental, numerical and theoretical study

D Davis, M Troiano, A Chinnici, WL Saw, T Lau, R Solimene, P Salatino, GJ Nathan

Chemical Engineering Science | Elsevier | Published : 2020


We report a joint experimental, numerical and theoretical study of particle residence times in a novel vortex-based vessel for thermal processing of suspended particles. The tracer pulse-response method, in which the particle phase itself is employed as the tracer, is used to measure the particle residence time distribution (RTD) within a laboratory-scale model of a class of Solar Expanding Vortex Receiver-Reactor (SEVR). The operating parameters of particle size, gas volumetric flow rate and inlet velocity were systematically varied to assess their influence on the particle RTD and to determine the mechanisms controlling the behaviour of the two-phase flow in the SEVR. The particle RTD beha..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative (ASTRI), a project supported by the Australian Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). Dominic is also grateful for additional assistance in the form of an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.