MRI Flow Imaging of Trickle Bed Reactors
1st supervisor and 1st promotor: Prof. Hans Kuipers
2nd supervisor and co-promotor: Assistant Prof. Kay Buist
Affiliation: Eindhoven University of Technology
Research theme: Smart Biomass Conversion
Fischer-Tropsch processes are currently performed in bubble slurry reactors or trickle bed reactors. Although trickle bed reactors have a smaller degree of back mixing and as a result higher chemical conversion, this technology was developed much later than bubble slurry column reactors. The main reason is the difficulty to design and scale-up these reactors, because they are governed by the particle-scale phenomena.
In this project, the two-phase flow in a trickle bed reactor will be studied with MRI. The use of MRI will allow visualization of the flow field and obtain quantitative data on the particle-scale phenomena like the liquid and gas distribution. This project will have a close collaboration with the numerical modelling project.
- Trickle bed reactors
- Multiphase flow
- Heat and mass transfer