Two Dimensional (2-D) Modeling of a Flat Plate Photocatalytic Reactor for Oxidation of Indoor Air Pollutants

Alberto Brucato, Ignasi Salvadó-Estivill, Gianluca Li Puma

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In this paper we present a two-dimensional (2-D) analysis of a narrow-slit, flat-plate, single-pass, flow-through photocatalytic reactor for air purification. The continuity equation for convection and diffusion in two dimensions, under un-steady-state conditions, was coupled with radiation field modeling and photocatalytic reaction kinetics to model the transient and steady-state behavior of the reactor. The model was applied to the photocatalytic oxidation of trichloroethylene (TCE) in humidified air streams under different experimental conditions. The kinetic parameters determined by a three-dimensional (3-D) computational fluid dynamics model of the reactor were used in the 2-D model simulations. Under the experimental conditions in the reactor, the 2-D model was shown to approximate closely the experimental results of the oxidation of TCE and to give predictions that approach very well those of the 3-D model. The 2-D model, when applicable, provides a simpler and less time-consuming approach than the 3-D model with computational times reduced by a significant amount.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)7489-7496
Numero di pagine8
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Polymers and Plastics
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  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
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  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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