Dr. Mark Ricklick (Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering) presented a selection of his research at the 10th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, and Thermodynamics (HEFAT2014). This conference was held in Orlando, FL from July 14-16, 2014.
Dr. Ricklick presented his work entitled “Analytical Scaling of DEM Particles for Efficient Packed-Bed Simulations.” In this project, which was conducted in collaboration with CD-adapco, Dr. Ricklick showcased a methodology he developed for improving the simulation turn-around time for packed bed simulations using Discrete Element Modeling. The presented method resulted in a loss of accuracy of only 4% in terms of pressure drop predictions, while achieving a 24X speed-up in simulation turn-around time. This result is important for the development of efficient studies of the performance and design of packed beds for chemical processing, catalytic reactors, and filters.