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Mass transfer in bubble column for industrial conditions—effects of organic medium, gas and liquid flowrates and column design

Chaumat, Hélène and Billet, Anne-Marie and Augier, Frédéric and Mathieu, Charles and Delmas, Henri Mass transfer in bubble column for industrial conditions—effects of organic medium, gas and liquid flowrates and column design. (2005) Chemical Engineering Science, 6 (22). 5930-5936. ISSN 0009-2509

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2005.04.026


Most of available gas–liquid mass transfer data in bubble column have been obtained in aqueous media and in liquid batch conditions, contrary to industrial chemical reactor conditions. This work provides new data more relevant for industrial conditions, including comparison of water and organic media, effects of large liquid and gas velocities, perforated plates and sparger hole diameter. The usual dynamic O2 methods for mass transfer investigation were not convenient in this work (cyclohexane, liquid circulation). Steadystate mass transfer of CO2 in an absorption–desorption loop has been quantified by IR spectrometry. Using a simple RTD characterization, mass transfer efficiency and kLa have been calculated in a wide range of experimental conditions. Due to large column height and gas velocity, mass transfer efficiency is high, ranging between 40% and 90%. kLa values stand between 0.015 and 0.050 s−1 and depend mainly on superficial gas velocity. No significant effects of column design and media have been shown. At last, using both global and local hydrodynamics data, mass transfer connection with hydrodynamics has been investigated through kLa/G and kLa/a.

Item Type:Article
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Other partners > Rhodia (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
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