Engineering Questions with Answers - Multiple Choice Questions

# Mechanical Operations MCQ’s – Characteristics of Fluidized System

1 - Question

Which of the following liquid like properties is correct about fluidized beds?
a) Heavier particles float on the top
b) Have a non-static pressure head
c) Assume the shape of the container that contains it
d) Non zero angle of repose

Explanation: Due to the action of gravity, fluidized beds have a static pressure head. They have a zero angle of repose. Lighter particles float on the top due to lesser density while the heavier particles stay underneath.

2 - Question

Which of the following graphs best describe the relation between the pressure drop and superficial velocity in fixed and fluidized beds
a)

b)

c)

d)

Explanation: In a fixed bed, as the velocity increases the pressure drop increases however, the bed particles do not move and the bed height remains constant. Eventually there comes a point, when the drag and weight of particles become equal and fluidization occurs. The velocity at which this takes place, is the coordinate where the dotted line meets the x axis. The pressure drop then remains constant.

3 - Question

Which of the following is not a correct characteristic of Fluidized system?
a) Liquid like behavior
b) Cannot resist temperature change
c) Easy control
d) Rapid mixing is also possible

Explanation: Fluidized beds can resist temperature change. This is why resist any changes in operating conditions. Thermal runaway is a condition when an increase in temperature changes the operating conditions and results in a destructive circumstance. Fluidized beds also resist any such thermal runaway.

4 - Question

Fluidized beds cannot be used as dryers.
a) True
b) False

Explanation: Fluidized beds can also be used as dryers and for heat treatment. However, their design differs from that of the usual fluidized beds. For instance, the bed height in this case is between 0.3 m and 0.5 m unlike typical fluidized beds where the bed height is between 1 m and 10 m.

5 - Question

Which of the following is true about gas distribution in fluidized beds?
a) Proper gas distribution is independent of the orifice diameters
b) Low grid pressure drop ensures uniform gas distribution
c) Particle weeping can be limited by keeping the pressure drop over orifices above a particular minimum value
d) Ideal pressure drop across a grid plate should be lesser than 4,500 Pa

Explanation: The number of orifices and their diameter greatly affect the gas distribution in a fluidized bed. In case of low grid pressure drop, bed hydrodynamics regulate the gas flow and the gas is distributed unevenly. Ideal pressure drop across a grid plate is usually lesser than 2,500 Pa.

6 - Question

Crush strength of a particle is an indication of the particle’s attrition properties which are necessary to study attrition and erosion of the fluidized bed.
a) True
b) False

Explanation: Crush strength is not indicative of the attrition property of particles. It is rather static and used for packed bed applications and not fluidized bed applications. Attrition is caused by dynamic forces, therefore can be tested by ball mill testing, jet mill testing, etc. A study of attrition gives us data on the erosion of the bed as well.

7 - Question

Which of the following characteristic part of a fluidized system is not needed in every system designed?
a) Particle bed region
b) A gas distributor
c) Plenum
d) Heating and cooling coils

Explanation: Heating and cooling coils are preferably required when fluidized beds are associated with heat, i.e.: either an exothermic or an endothermic reaction takes place. These coils are not required in case a major temperature change does not take place

8 - Question

Which of the following is the correct equation for pressure drop over orifices when the bed height is greater than 0.3 m?
a) ΔPorifice ≤ 13 Hbed × ggc × ρbulk
b) ΔPorifice ≤ 23 Hbed × ggc × ρbulk
c) ΔPorifice ≥ 13 Hbed × ggc × ρbulk
d) ΔPorifice ≥ 23 Hbed × ggc × ρbulk

Explanation: The pressure drop over each orifice in a distributor is dependent on the bed height. When the bed height is greater than 0.3 m, the bed is considered relatively tall and the pressure drop over the orifices is given by ΔPorifice ≥ 13 Hbed × ggc × ρbulk. Here, Hbed is the height of the bed in meters, gc is the force-weight conversion factor and ρbulk is the bulk density in kg/m3.

9 - Question

Which of the following is not a cause of particle attrition in fluidized beds?
a) When gas jets are placed far
b) When gas jets leaving the distributor intersect
c) High velocity jets cause particles to collide
d) When particle carried by swishing gas flow collide

Explanation: When gas jets are placed too close, they can coalesce and cause particle attrition. Therefore, the jets should be placed far. Gas jets leaving the distributor must not intersect in order to avoid particle attrition. High velocity jets lead to particle-particle collision and particle-wall collision, which contributes to particle attrition.

10 - Question

Which of the following is true about a reverse cyclone used for freeing a fluidized bed of the entrained particles?
a) It consists of an inlet connected axially to the dipleg
b) Outlet tube extends from the bottom of the barrel section
c) Gases exit from the dipleg while the particle leave from outlet tube
d) Centrifugal forces cause gas-solid separation