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Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation of Spray Dryers

An Engineer’s Guide, 1st Edition

By Meng Wai Woo

CRC Press

138 pages | 19 Color Illus. | 5 B/W Illus.

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Bridging the gap in understanding between the spray drying industry and the numerical modeler on spray drying, Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation of Spray Dryers: An Engineer’s Guide shows how to numerically capture important physical phenomena within a spray drying process using the CFD technique. It includes numerical strategies to effectively describe these phenomena, which are collated from research work and CFD industrial consultation, in particular to the dairy industry. Along with showing how to set up models, the book helps readers identify the capabilities and uncertainties of the CFD technique for spray drying. After briefly covering the basics of CFD, the book discusses airflow modeling, atomization and particle tracking, droplet drying, quality modeling, agglomeration and wall deposition modeling, and simulation validation techniques. The book also answers questions related to common challenges in industrial applications.


"A friendly text that has provided just enough description of the subject for readers to go on carrying out analysis using Computational Fluid Dynamics with a certain degree of confidence, and that has given sufficient details on the practical examples that have been exercised before (mostly by the author himself). The experiences shared are highly illustrative. One should also appreciate the author’s enthusiasm about Computational Fluid Dynamics applications on spray drying, which is well known in the drying community.

— Xiao Dong Chen, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

" A comprehensive analysis of spray drying processes oriented to CFD modeling of air flow, droplet drying and quality issues."

— Ireneusz Zbicinski, Lodz University of Technology, Poland

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction

1.1 Why Do We Need CFD Simulation of Spray Drying?

1.2 Components of CFD Simulation of Spray Drying

Chapter 2 Basics of CFD

2.1 How Are Those Velocity and Temperature Plots Generated?

2.2 How is Turbulence Captured?

2.3 Common Basic Numerical Strategies

Chapter 3 Airflow Modeling

3.1 Turbulence Model Selection

3.2 Transient Flow versus Steady Flow

3.2.1 In What Situations Do We Expect Transient Flows?

3.2.2 Important Numerical Strategies for Transient Flows

Chapter 4 Atomization and Particle Tracking

4.1 Capturing Rotating Atomization

4.2 Capturing Pressure-Based Atomization

4.3 Simulating Particles Transport by Convection and Dispersion

4.4 Important Numerical Strategies in Two-Way Coupling

Chapter 5 Droplet Drying and Quality Modeling

5.1 How is Drying Captured in the Particle-in-Cell Approach?

5.2 Comparison on the Existing Models

5.2.1 Characteristic Drying Curve

5.2.2 Reaction Engineering Approach

5.2.3 Comparison between the CDC and the REA Approach

5.3 How is the Drying Kinetics Measured for Specific Products?

5.4 Effect of Accurately Capturing the Particles Shrinkage and its Implications

5.5 A Note on Mass and Heat Transfer Coefficients

5.6 Incorporation of Quality Modeling of the Particles

Chapter 6 Agglomeration and Wall Deposition Modeling

6.1 Predicting the Collision Efficiency for Agglomeration Application

6.2 Modeling Stickiness and Coalescence

6.2.1 Sticking Criterion

6.2.2 Important Experiments to Measure the Stickiness of Particles

6.3 Predicting the Structure of the Agglomerate

6.4 Capturing the Near Wall Phenomenon for Wall Deposition

6.4.1 Momentum Impact versus Diffusion Impact

6.4.2 Modeling Particle Removal Due to Shearing

Chapter 7 Simulation Validation Techniques

7.1 Airflow Measurements

7.2 Temperature and Humidity Measurements

7.3 Yield, Product, and Deposition Flux Measurements

7.4 Controlled Experimental Technique for Model Development

Chapter 8 Common Challenges for Industrial Applications

8.1 Managing Expectations

8.1.1 Estimation of Droplet Size for Atomization of Concentrated Feed

8.1.2 Complex and Lack of Information on Air Inlet Configurations

8.1.3 Is the Spray Dryer Well Insulated?

8.1.4 How Do CFD Simulations Tie in With Plant-Wide Prediction Packages?

8.1.5 I Want to Understand Why My New Spray-Dried Formulation is Off-Specification!

8.1.6 How Does the CFD Model Reflect My Actual Feed Material?

8.1.7 Strategy for Outlet-Controlled Spray Dryers?

8.1.8 How Accurate is the Final Particle Moisture Content Prediction?



About the Author

Meng Wai Woo is currently a senior lecturer of chemical engineering at Monash University, Australia. His research interest is in spray drying. He has experience in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis of the spray drying process and in applying this technique for industry. Within the area of spray drying, he is also examining the droplet evaporation, particle formation or interaction phenomena and in engineering the functionality of particles. Dr. Woo also explores new approaches to spray drying in introducing the antisolvent vapor precipitation approach and most recently, the narrow tube spray drying technique.

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Advances in Drying Science and Technology

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SCIENCE / Chemistry / Industrial & Technical