THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS AND SPECIFICITY OF MATHEMATICAL MODELLING
The present work compares two different approaches, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and dispersion model, for liquid distribution modeling with experimental data for liquid spreading in randomly packed metal Pall rings. The used experimental data are obtained in a semi-industrial column with a 0.6m diameter for several packing heights and liquid loads. It is shown that the appropriate choice of dispersion model parameters is essential for prediction of liquid distribution. In both models some parameters are determined by fitting with experimental data, the remainder are calculated or taken from literature. Comparison of the two model liquid distributions with experimental data shows that both CFD and dispersion model are in good agreement with the experiment especially for higher packing bed, when the wall flow is fully developed.