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TitleTemperature and solids effect on gas‐liquid mass transfer
Author(s)Ferreira, António
Ferreira, Cecília
Rocha, F. A.
Teixeira, J. A.
KeywordsBubble column
Mass transfer
Multiphase reactors
Issue date28-Nov-2009
PublisherUniversidade do Minho. Departamento de Engenharia Biológica (DEB)
CitationTEIXEIRA, José A. [et al.] – “Book of abstracts of MicroBiotec09 Meeting, 3, Vilamoura, 2009.” Braga : Departamento de Engenharia Biologica da Universidade do Minho, 2009. ISBN 978-972-97810-6-3. p. 261.
Abstract(s)The temperature and solids effect on the mass transfer characteristics in a bubble column was studied experimentally for the systems air/water/polyvinyl chloride (PVC) beads and air/water/expandable polystyrene (EPS) beads. Volumetric liquid side mass transfer coefficient, kLa, was determined under different temperatures (20, 25, 30, 35ºC), solid concentrations (up to 5%), gas flow rates (up to 7.4 mm/s) and solid sizes (549 and 210 μm for PVC beads, and 591 μm for EPS beads). The results show that the temperature plays an important role on mass transfer phenomena, by increasing kLa and, simultaneously, promoting the solids influence on kLa. The presence of solids affects negatively kLa being this effect more pronounced for the largest particles (PVC case). In addition, a decrease in kLa occurs when the solid loading increases (observed in both cases, PVC and EPS). Comparing the PVC and EPS effects on kLa, it can be concluded that physical and chemical properties of solids are important parameters to be taken into account on this kind of studies. An empirical correlation for kLa on the experimental variables was developed.
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