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Journal of Powder Technology
Volume 2015, Article ID 584538, 7 pages
Research Article

Measurement of Thermal Conductivity along the Radial Direction in a Vertical Cylindrical Packed Bed

1Electrotherm (India) Limited, Ahmedabad 382115, India
2Centre of Excellence in Steel Technology and Department of Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400076, India

Received 9 September 2014; Revised 12 January 2015; Accepted 13 January 2015

Academic Editor: Franco Berruti

Copyright © 2015 Swaren Bedarkar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Heat transfer in packed beds and their thermal response have been of great interest for scientists and engineers for the last several years, since they play a crucial role in determining design and operation of reactors. Heat transfer of a packed bed is characterised through lumped parameter, namely, effective thermal conductivity. In the present studies, experiments were performed to investigate the thermal conductivity of a packed bed in radial direction. The packed bed was formed using iron ore particles. To determine the effective thermal conductivity a new transient methodology is proposed. The results obtained were compared with the models proposed by ZBS and Kunii and Smith.