Investigating the Advantages and Limitations of Modeling Physical Mass Transfer of CO2 on Flat Plate by One Fluid Formulation in OpenFOAM

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Thummala P. P., TEZCAN ÜN Ü., ÇELİK A. O.

PERIODICA POLYTECHNICA-CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, vol.64, no.1, pp.124-134, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 64 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.3311/ppch.12291
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Compendex, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.124-134
  • Keywords: one fluid formulation, CO(2 )absorption, liquid mass transfer coefficient, OpenFOAM, ACID GASES CO2, STRUCTURED-PACKING, MICROSCALE CFD, LIQUID, ABSORPTION, SEPARATION, CAPTURE, FLOWS, N2O, MEA
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


One fluid formulation is an approach used for modeling and analysis of mass transfer between two immiscible phases. In this study we implement and analyze the advantages and limitations of this approach for CO2 physical mass transfer into MEA. The domain is a flat plate and gas liquid flow is counter current. The analysis was carried for operating parameters like liquid phase Reynolds number, MEA mass fraction and the angle of inclination of flat plate. The results clearly show that the model effectively captures the deviation in liquid side mass transfer coefficient due to the surface instabilities and liquid properties which are generally neglected by standard correlations. Also the model shows that the standard Higbie correlation is preferable at low Reynolds number at any angle of inclination. The grid independent studies show that a size of 6.25 mu m is required in the interface region for effectively using this approach. The computational resource time at this resolution was found as the only limitation for using this approach and we suggest a procedure to overcome this limitation. The present simulation results can help CFD researchers investigating immiscible gas-liquid mass transfer using OpenFOAM.