Prediction of mass transport profiles in a laboratory filter-press electrolyser by computational fluid dynamics modelling


Vázquez, L., Alvarez-Gallegos, A, Sierra, F.Z, Ponce de León, C. and Walsh, F.C (2009) Prediction of mass transport profiles in a laboratory filter-press electrolyser by computational fluid dynamics modelling. Electrochimica Acta, 1-8. (doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2009.08.067).

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Description/Abstract

A commercial computational fluid dynamics code (Fluent) has been used to analyze the performance
of a unit cell laboratory; the filter-press reactor (FM01-LC) operating with characteristic linear flow
velocities between 0.024ms−1 and 0.110ms−1. The electrolyte flow through the reactor channel was
numerically simulated using a finite volume approach to the solution of the Navier–Stokes equations.
The flow patterns in the reactor were obtained and the mean linear electrolyte velocity was evaluated
and substituted into a general mass transport correlation to calculate the mass transport coefficients. In
the region of 150 < Re < 550, mass transport coefficients were obtained with a relative error between 5%
and 29% respect to the experimental km values. The differences between theoretical and experimental
values are discussed

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0013-4686 (print)
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Keywords: computational fluid dynamics, FM01-LC, cell design, mass transport, flow patterns
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Engineering Materials & Surface Engineering
ePrint ID: 69888
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2009
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:49
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/69888

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