454094 Flow Patterns in High Density Fluidized Beds Used As Solar Energy Carrier Systems
The NEPTUNE_CFD computational code was used to simulate the DPS circulation both at ambient and high temperature. The numerical results are compared with those obtained on the cold mock-up and with PEPT experiments. The solid reflux evidenced by PEPT experiments was corroborated by simulations and during on-sun experiments .
Finally, the DPS flow is analysed highlighting the impact of the air velocity and the density variation along the tube height and the strong influence of the various operating parameters on the temperature distribution. The results of this study will be useful when planning for solar energy capture systems scale-up.
 Gilles Flamant, Daniel Gauthier, Hadrien Benoit, Jean-Louis Sans, Roger Garcia, Benjamin Boissière, Renaud Ansart, Mehrdji Hemati, Dense suspension of solid particles as a new heat transfer fluid for concentrated solar thermal plants: on-sun proof of concept; Chemical Engineering Science 102, 567-576
 FP7 EC project CSP2. http://www.csp2-project.eu.
 Pablo Garcia-Trinanes, Jonathan Seville, Benjamin Boissiere, Renaud Ansart, Thomas Leadbeater, David Parker. Hydrodynamics and particle motion in upward flowing dense particle suspensions: Application in solar receivers. Chemical Engineering Science, (2016) 146:346-356.
 H. Benoit, I. Pérez López, D. Gauthier, J.-L. Sans, G. Flamant. On-sun demonstration of a 750 C heat transfer fluid for concentrating solar systems: Dense particle suspension in tube. Solar Energy, (2015) 118:622–633
*Updated contact details: P.GarciaTrinanes@greenwich.ac.uk
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