Maximizing gas-liquid interfacial area in a three-phase stirred vessel operating at high solids concentrations

Davoody, M, Bin Abdul Raman, A and Parthasarathy, R 2016, 'Maximizing gas-liquid interfacial area in a three-phase stirred vessel operating at high solids concentrations', Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification, vol. 104, pp. 133-147.


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Title Maximizing gas-liquid interfacial area in a three-phase stirred vessel operating at high solids concentrations
Author(s) Davoody, M
Bin Abdul Raman, A
Parthasarathy, R
Year 2016
Journal name Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification
Volume number 104
Start page 133
End page 147
Total pages 15
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract The present work focuses on the determination of gas holdup, Sauter mean bubble diameter (d32) and gas-liquid interfacial area (αg-l) for radial- and mixed-flow impellers under various operating conditions in a three-phase stirred vessel. d32 values were determined for a wide range of solids concentration (0.01-0.25 v/v) using an underwater imaging technique when particles are just suspended off the tank bottom. The results indicated that d32 values decrease with an increase in particle size and solids concentration at a constant gas flow rate. It was observed that process intensification is an effective strategy for improving the interfacial area between the gas and liquid phases in a multi-phase stirred tank agitated by a radial-flow impeller. Considering the effect of solids concentration on impeller specific power, an optimum solids concentration is identified at which the performance of the impeller expressed in terms of power efficiency and ability to generate sufficient gas-liquid interfacial area is maximized. Mathematical correlations to estimate d32 and αg-l in gas-liquid-solid stirred vessels are proposed.
Subject Chemical Engineering Design
Keyword(s) Bubble size
Gas holdup
Gas-liquid interfacial area
Gas-solid-liquid
Process intensification
Stirred tanks
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.cep.2016.02.007
Copyright notice © 2016 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN 0255-2701
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