DTU Studieprojekt - Computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulation of enzymatic hydrolysis of keratin waste material at high solids loading in a scraped

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Ph.d. & forskning
Storkøbenhavn

Computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulation of enzymatic hydrolysis of keratin waste material at high solids loading in a scraped surface bioreactor

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  • The enzymatic hydrolysis of keratin waste biomass is a conversion process that employs microbial keratinases to decompose keratin-rich substrates. The soluble proteins, peptides and free amino acids released during the process are a viable alternative protein source to fish meal for aquaculture. It is desirable to perform the keratin degradation process at high solids loadings in order to maximize product titer and reduce process water, energy usage, and reactor size. However, high solids slurries are highly viscous by nature, and their hydrolysis poses a serious challenge in obtaining effective mixing and efficient heat transfer inside the bioreactor. Consequently, conventional stirred tank reactors with typical impeller configurations are not practical for this application because of high stirring speeds needed to mix the slurry and keep the solids suspended. Gravitational or free-fall horizontal mixing systems such as scraped surface slurry bioreactors have proven to offer several advantages over typical stirred tank reactors. The horizontal scraping action of the impellers in a free fall principle reactor requires very low rotation rates and, hence, much less power while preventing particle settling and local accumulation of reaction products, as well as ensuring better enzyme distribution. Moreover, the scraping action of the blades maintains a clear reactor surface and, thereby, improves heat transfer.

In this project, the student will develop a computational fluid dynamic (CFD) model which, in turn, will be used to gain insight into the mixing behavior of the particulate system within a horizontal scraped surface slurry reactor. In particular, while designing the reactor, knowledge of the local flow patterns will be fundamental in achieving more uniform mixing and therefore improved heat and mass transfer. The computational multiphase flow model developed will be used, in a following project, as the starting point for the construction of a laboratory unit.

We are looking for a highly motivated MSc. student in Biochemical engineering with the following skills:

- General knowledge in CFD or keen on learning CFD

- Good knowledge of transport phenomena

- Knowledge of rheological behavior of non-Newtonian fluids will be considered as a plus

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Virksomhed/organisation
DTU Kemiteknik

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Ulrich Krühne

Stilling
Lektor

Mail
ulkr@kt.dtu.dk

Vejleder-info
Kandidatuddannelsen i Anvendt Kemi
Vejleder
Ulrich Krühne

Medvejledere
Krist V. Gernaey, Ines Pereira Rosinha Grundtvig, Francesco Cristino Falco

ECTS-point
30 - 35

Type
Kandidatspeciale

Kandidatuddannelsen i Kemisk og Biokemisk Teknologi
Vejleder
Ulrich Krühne

Medvejledere
Krist V. Gernaey, Ines Pereira Rosinha Grundtvig, Francesco Cristino Falco

ECTS-point
30 - 35

Type
Kandidatspeciale

Kandidatuddannelsen i Matematisk Modellering og Computing
Vejleder
Ulrich Krühne

Medvejledere
Krist V. Gernaey, Ines Pereira Rosinha Grundtvig, Francesco Cristino Falco

ECTS-point
30 - 35

Type
Kandidatspeciale


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