Experimental Investigations of Cold Flow Mass Distribution and Pressure Drop Characteristics in a Structured Honeycomb Monolith Bed
Mingming Mao, Yongqi Liu*, Ruixiang Liu, Bin Zheng, Jian Meng
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2015
First Page: 302
Last Page: 311
Publisher Id: TOMEJ-9-302
Article History:Received Date: 8/1/2015
Revision Received Date: 15/1/2015
Acceptance Date: 16/1/2015
Electronic publication date: 29/5/2015
Collection year: 2015
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The thermal flow reversal reactor (TFRR) and catalytic flow reversal reactor (CFRR) can utilize the ventilation air methane (VAM) from coal mines effectively. The initial cold feed flow mass distribution uniformity in the monolith oxidation bed, the critical part of both reactors, has a great influence on the stability of methane oxidation process and conversation rate. So the emphases are put on the experimental investigations of the cold flow mechanics in the monolith bed based on a simplified reactor test rig. Firstly, the flow resistance coefficients of the monolith bed were calculated, and then the flow resistance mathematical model was built. It was found that the flow mass distribution uniformity was affected by the pressure drop distribution in the monolith bed, and obviously decreased with increasing inlet velocity. The pressure drop distribution was analyzed through a modified momentum equation. The total pressure loss in the lower header was evidently higher than that in the upper header or monolith bed. Additionally, the local losses at the inlet and outlet of the monolith bed were small, so they could be ignored. Finally, the formula of total pressure losses under different flow conditions was established based on the simplified reactor test rig.