Abstract: In this paper, the effect of inlet flow type on fluidization of a gas-solid fluidized bed was studied by using numerical simulations. Gas-solid fluidized beds are widely used in processes such as heating, cooling, drying, granulation, mixing, segregating and coating. To simulate the gas-particle flows, the unresolved surface CFD‐DEM was used considering Eulerian–Lagrangian approach. The fluid phase was modeled by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) while the solid phase was solved by discrete element method (DEM), and the coupling between gas and solid phases was considered to be four-way. The uniform and pulsed flows were injected through three nozzles located at the bottom of a rectangular bed. Three types of pulsed flow were considered: sinusoidal, rectangular and relocating. The fluidized bed behavior was discussed in terms of minimum fluidization velocity (MFV), pressure drop, bubble formation, bed expansion, particles velocity and, gas-solid interaction and particle contact forces. The results of different simulations indicated that the minimum fluidization velocity of the beds fluidized by pulsed flows was decreased by up to 33%. The influence of the pulsation amplitude on the minimum fluidization velocity was more significant than that of the pulsation frequency. The bed expansion and particles average velocity were increased by the pulsed flows, while the pressure drop and interaction force were decreased. As the pulsation frequency increased, the pressure drop and gas-solid interaction force increased, although size of the bubbles and bed expansion decreased. It was also observed that in large vibration frequencies, the bubbles became more regular. In the sinusoidal flow, the velocity and contact force between the particles were initially increased by frequency and in larger frequencies they were decreased.