SIMULATION OF A DIRECT REDUCTION MOVING BED REACTOR USING A THREE INTERFACE MODEL
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Abstract In the present study, the rate of reduction in the direct reduction moving bed reactor of a MIDREX plant has been studied. The reactor was modeled by a one-dimensional, nonisothermal, steady-state model. The three interface unreacted shrinking core model accounting for different iron oxides reduction was used for describing the reaction behaviors at the pellet scale. The quasi steady state assumption was used to calculate the gas species concentrations at the interfaces. The effects of external and internal mass transfer resistance through the pellets and heat transfer on the overall rate of reduction were considered. The results of the model were validated with the data of the Khorasan Steel plant (Neyshabur, Iran). The model results show good agreement with the plant data. The effect of gas and solid flow rates, feed gas properties, and pellet characteristics on the reactor performance were investigated using the model.