Artificial neural approach for modeling the heat and mass transfer characteristics in three-phase fluidized beds

Farouq S. Mjalli, A. Al-Mfargi

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The study of reactor design and modeling is conducted frequently both at the initial stage of equipment design as well as during further stages of equipment operation. Fluidized bed three-phase reactors have very complex behavior which relies to a high extent on the mass and heat transfer characteristics of the reaction constituents. Numerous previous experimental and theoretical based studies for modeling heat and mass transfer coefficients have the common shortcoming of low prediction efficiency compared to experimental data. In this work, an artificial neural network approach is used to capture the reactor characteristics in terms of heat and mass transfer based on published experimental data. The newly developed heat and mass transfer coefficients models proved to be of high prediction quality compared to experimental data and previous correlations. The new correlations will be used in a further study for the hybrid steady state and dynamic modeling of fluidized bed catalytic reactors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4542-4552
Number of pages11
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2 2008


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)

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