2017 Volume 57 Issue 3 Pages 453-462
An numerical model for the bubble behavior of disintegration and dispersion is developed by using the model of Euler two-phase flows coupled with the bubble population balance model (BPBM). The gas volume fraction, and bubble size distribution are investigated under different stirring modes and gas flow rates. The results show that bubble behavior of disintegration and dispersion is the best under the clockwise-anticlockwise stirring mode (C-ARM), where effects of impeller rotating speed on the bubble behavior of disintegration and dispersion are different under different stirring modes. The excessive increasing in gas flow rate is not helpful for bubble behavior of disintegration and dispersion, while the gas holdup increases gradually and the mixing time increases rapidly with increasing the gas flow rate. The impeller under C-ARM with 2 rad/s for 2 s switching and the gas flow rate not exceeding 2.0 Nm3h−1 are recommended to use for the present system, which can optimize the bubble behavior of disintegration and dispersion in the most space of ladle except for the bottom one. Moreover, numerical results show a good agreement against experimental ones.