Vivek V. Buwa
PhD Student

Sirisha Parvathaneni

Research Scholar                                          
Department of Chemical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016, India
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Educational Qualification
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (Ongoing from August 2016)
    • Institute: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India
    • Thesis title: CFD Simulations of  Binary Gas Solid flows in Fluidized Beds
    • Thesis advisor: Prof. Vivek V. Buwa
  • Master of Technology in Chemical Engineering (July 2014 – June 2016)
    • Institute: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India
    • Thesis title: Modeling and Simulation of Membrane Distillation Modules
    • Thesis advisor: Prof.  Sharad K. Gupta
  • Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering (September 2009– April 2013) 
    • Institute: Andhra University College of Engineering, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
Research Interests  
  • CFD modeling and simulation of multiphase flows
  • Experimental investigations of multiphase flows in Fluidized Bed
  • Electrical Capacitance Tomography
Scientific Contributions
International & National Conferences
  • Sirisha Parvathaneni, Brajesh K. Singh &  Vivek V. Buwa, Characterization of Binary Gas-Solid Flow in a Semi-Batch Cylindrical Fluidized Bed Using Electrical Capacitance Tomography, ISCRE 25 International Conference, 2018, Florence, Italy.
Research topic: CFD Simulations of  Binary Gas Solid flows in Fluidized Beds

            Among different gasification technologies, Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) is ascertained to be appropriate for the gasification of the Indian coal. The gasification process involves a mixture of particles which differ in size or shape or density (eg. coal and inerts). The physical and chemical processes taking place simultaneously may further lead to the formation of different size, shape, and density of the particles (eg. unreacted coal, ash and, clinker) in the bed giving rise to a complex flow behavior which is unsteady. Such inherently unsteady flow influences the heat transfer, mass transfer and reaction performance of a fluidized bed. The performance of such fluidized bed gasifier can be improved by understanding the complex interaction between the gas and solid phases. In the literature the CFD models on fluidized bed gasifier predict the outlet species composition and temperature reasonably well, but prediction of unsteady flow dynamics is still a challenge. Therefore predicting the phases distribution and velocity profiles are a prerequiste for predicting the species composition and temperature profiles. To validate such CFD model rigorously, spatial and time-resolved measurements of local solid hold-up and velocities are important. These experimental measurements are also crucial in characterizing the binary fluidization behaviour.

         In the present work, the dynamics of binary fluidization is being characterized by the local solid volume fraction fluctuations measured using ECT in the fluidized bed. The CFD model at cold flow conditions will be validated with these experimental measurements and the gasification kinetics of Indian coal will be included into the experimentally validated CFD model.


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