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CFD modelling of fixed photocatalytic inserts for a continuous flow CPC reactor for water disinfection
GILL, LAURENCE; Misstear, David
The design of a suitable fixed photocatalytic support for water disinfection in a continuous flow reactor was researched. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was used to simulate the percentage of tracked particles coming into contact with the irradiated surface of different support geometries, cylindrical: conical and consecutive frusta and a spring. The number of particles striking each insert was presumed to give a good representation of the respective disinfection efficiencies of each design, as photocatalysis is effectively a surface phenomenon. It was found that a conical frustum design was more than three times as efficient as a similarly-sized conventional cylindrical insert with regard to this parameter, and arrangements of shorter frusta exhibited even more promising traits. A further regime of laboratory testing is proposed in order to determine the practical efficiency of the insert designs, which may have important applications in the solar disinfection of drinking water.
Keyword(s): Photocatalysis; Water disinfection; Supported catalyst; Computational fluid dynamics; Titanium dioxide; International Development; Smart & Sustainable Planet
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Citation(s): Misstear D.B. & Gill L.W., CFD modelling of fixed photocatalytic inserts for a continuous flow CPC reactor for water disinfection, Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technology, 15, 1, 2012, 153 - 162
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