An Investigation into the Fluidization and Heat Transfer of Low Density Particles in a Fluidized Bed with Applications.
ARMY MILITARY PERSONNEL CENTER ALEXANDRIA VA
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The lack of reliable data on the fluidization and heat transfer characteristics of low density particles in a fluidized bed has prompted an experimental and analytical investigation into this subject. Seven groups of particles ranging in diameter from 0.25 mm to 2.0 mm and density from 2.5 to 32 pcf have been successfully fluidized and shown to be generally well predicted by classical fluidization and fluidized bed heat transfer theory. Two other groups of particles, also in this approximate range of particle diameter and density, are, however, unable to be fluidized due to significant inter-particle and static electric attractions. Using the experimental data and results as a basis of analysis, two application of low density particle fluidization in a building efficient energy management program are discussed. A fluidized bed can be incorporated into the wall cavity of a building for use as either a collector of solar energy or as a heat exchange medium in a building space heatingcooling program. As a solar collector, it is shown that the low density particle fluidized bed would thermally perform between comparable conventional liquid and air-cooled flat plate solar collectors. It would require less water pumping power and plumbing than the liquid collector and less air pumping power than the air collector. Keywords Heat exchangers solar collector. Theses.
- Non-electrical Energy Conversion
- Air Conditioning, Heating, Lighting and Ventilating