What is important in the simulation of spray dryer performance and how do current CFD models perform?
DF Fletcher, B Guo, DJE Harvie, TAG Langrish, JJ Nijdam, J Williams
APPLIED MATHEMATICAL MODELLING | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2006
Spray dryers are of considerable importance in many industrial drying operations, yet their modelling has been relatively neglected. Here we present a summary of many years work performed at Sydney University investigating the fundamental flow behaviour in dryers and their modelling using a commercial CFD code. The key point to emerge is the need to perform three-dimensional, transient calculations and to include hindered drying and wall interaction models if important issues of flow stability and wall deposition are to be studied. This issue of the need to have proper resolution of the flow at an affordable cost is addressed. © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.