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Liquid mixing and gas–liquid mass transfer in a three-phase inverse turbulent bed reactor

Abstract : In this research work, hydrodynamic characteristics and gas-liquid mass transfer in a laboratory scale inverse turbulent bed reactor were studied. In order to characterize internal flow in the reactor, the residence time distribution (RTD) was obtained by the stimulus-response technique using potassium chloride as a tracer. Different solid hold-up (0-0.37) and air superficial velocity (2.7-6.5 mm s(-1)) values were assayed in RTD experiments. The parameters that characterize the RTD curve, mean residence time and variance were independent of the solid hold-up, thus the solid particle concentration did not influence liquid mixing in the reactor. The hydrodynamic of the inverse turbulent bed was well represented by a model that considers the reactor as two-mixed tank of different volumes in series. The value of the volumetric gas-liquid mass transfer coefficient (k(L)a) was independent of the solid hold-up. This result enhances a previously suggested hypothesis, which considers that the solid and liquid form a pseudo-fluid in the inverse turbulent bed reactor. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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Omar Sanchez, Sébastien Michaud, Renaud R. Escudie, Jean Philippe J. P. Delgenes, Nicolas Bernet. Liquid mixing and gas–liquid mass transfer in a three-phase inverse turbulent bed reactor. Chemical Engineering Journal, Elsevier, 2005, 114 (1-3), pp.1-7. ⟨10.1016/j.cej.2005.08.009⟩. ⟨hal-02678966⟩



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