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Prediction of the Heat Transfer Coefficient in a Bubble Column Using an Artificial Neural Network
1University of Baghdad, email@example.com
2University of Baghdad, firstname.lastname@example.org
Citation Information: International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering. Volume 6, Issue 1, Pages –, ISSN (Online) 1542-6580, DOI: 10.2202/1542-6580.1655, August 2008
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An artificial neural network (ANN) was applied for the prediction of the heat transfer coefficient in bubble columns, in order to obtain a general model and to facilitate the scale up of these multiphase contactors, covering a wide range of operating conditions, physical properties, and column dimensions, obtained from literature. A large number of data was collected (more than 1000) via a comprehensive literature survey. Selected parameters affecting the heat transfer coefficient were organized in six groups to serve as the input parameters. These were: gas superficial velocity, gas density, liquid density, diameter of the column, liquid viscosity, and gas hold-up. Four Back-Propagation Networks (BPNNS) were built. Two were trained using a different number of input parameters. The first ANN was trained with six inputs, which were the aforementioned parameters. The second was trained with three inputs only. These were gas velocity, liquid viscosity and gas hold-up. Each ANN was examined for two structures i.e., one hidden layer and two hidden layers. Comparison between these networks was made to find the optimal ANN structure with minimum %AARE and the maximum correlation coefficient (%R). It was found that the ANN structure of [6-13-1] with a %AARE of 16.2 and a %R of 94 was the best.