Chemical Technology

The Laboratory for Chemical Technology (LCT) integrates chemical science and engineering in its research on catalysis, polymerization, kinetics, reactor design and process design. LCT is part of the Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at Ghent University in Belgium and member of the Centre for Sustainable Chemistry (CSC) of Ghent University. LCT aims at research excellence and bottom-up innovation in the framework of technological, industrial, and societal challenges.

Riser set-up

The cold flow riser setup mainly consists of a 8.8m high plexiglass tube with an internal diameter of 0.10 m, a 4m high fluidized bed storage tank for the particles, and a 2m long aerated standpipe/solids inlet line with an internal diameter of 0.08m. The solid particles used up-to-date are Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) particles, with a mean volume averaged diameter of 77 μm and a solid density of 1550 kg m−3. Two high efficiency glass cyclones guarantee a good recuperation of solids from the air flow. The experimental setup is equipped with a two-probe LDA that allows performing coincident three-component solids velocity measurements in the gas-solid two-phase riser flow. The velocity  information comes from laser light scattered by the particles carried in the fluid as they move through the measurement volume. To distinguish between tracers and conventional particles and hence extract information on the velocity fields of each phase separately, an upgrade of the LDA to a PDA is planned.