Applied geometry optimization of an innovative 3D-printed wet-scrubber nozzle with a Lattice Boltzmann method

  • Author:

    F. Reinke, N. Hafen, M. Haussmann, M. Novosel, M.J. Krause, A. Dittler

  • Source:

    Chemie Ingenieur Technik, 2022, 94, 3, 1-9, https://doi.org/10.1002/cite.202100151 (open access)

  • In contrast to conventional dry separators, new types of wet scrubbers with innovative nozzle geometries are capable of separating submicron particles with comparatively low pressure drop. As those geometries can easily be adapted using 3D-printing manufacturing, an applied geometry optimization can lead to a fast and cost-efficient product development cycle. In this study, the lattice Boltzmann method is used to optimize the pressure drop associated with a novel nozzle design. Simulated pressure drop data are validated with experimentally determined ones. By replacing originally installed ellipsoid-shaped bluff bodies with foil-shaped structures according to the 4-digit NACA-series, an optimization approach regarding the resulting pressure drop is described.