Moroni, M.; Lorino, S.; Cicci, A.; Bravi, M. Hydrodynamic Light Flashing in Thin Layer Wavy Photobioreactors. Preprints2019, 2019060043. https://doi.org/10.20944/preprints201906.0043.v1
Moroni, M., Lorino, S., Cicci, A., & Bravi, M. (2019). Hydrodynamic Light Flashing in Thin Layer Wavy Photobioreactors. Preprints. https://doi.org/10.20944/preprints201906.0043.v1
Moroni, M., Agnese Cicci and Marco Bravi. 2019 "Hydrodynamic Light Flashing in Thin Layer Wavy Photobioreactors" Preprints. https://doi.org/10.20944/preprints201906.0043.v1
In a thin-volume photobioreactor where a concentrated suspension of microalgae is circulated throughout the established spatial irradiance gradient, microalgal cells experience a time-variable irradiance. Deploying this feature is the most convenient way of obtaining the so-called “flashing light” effect, improving biomass production in high irradiance. This work investigates the light flashing features of sloping wavy photobioreactors, a recently proposed type, by introducing and validating a Computational Fluid Dynamics model. Two characteristic flow zones (straight top-bottom stream and local recirculation stream), both effective toward light flashing, have been found and characterised: a recirculation-induced frequency of 3.7 Hz and straight flow-induced frequency of 5.6 Hz were estimated. If the channel slope is increased, the recirculation area becomes less stable while the recirculation frequency is nearly constant with flow rate. The validated CFD model is a mighty tool that could be reliably used to further increase the flashing frequency by optimising the design, the dimensions, the installation and the operational parameters of the sloping wavy photobioreactor.
Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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