Interfacial areas and gas hold-ups in bubble columns and packed bubble columns at elevated pressures

M.H. Oyevaar, T. de la Rie, C.L. van der Sluijs, K.R. Westerterp

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Interfacial areas and gas hold-ups have been determined at pressures up to 1.85 MPa in a bubble column with a diameter of 85.5 mm and for superficial gas velocities between 1 and 10 cm s−1. In some experiments the bubble column was packed with glass cylinders of length 5.0 mm and diameter 4.0 mm. The interfacial areas were determined by the chemical method using the model reaction between CO2 and aqueous diethanolamine (DEA) and hold-ups by observation of height differences. The interfacial areas in the packed bubble column are unaffected by pressure. The gas hold-ups as well as the interfacial areas in the bubble column increase with increasing operating pressure. The magnitude of the pressure influence depends on the superficial gas velocity. The positive influence of pressure on the gas hold-ups and the interfacial in the bubble column originates from the formation of smaller bubbles at the gas distributor.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)1-14
JournalChemical engineering and processing : process intensification
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1989


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