Mass transfer in packed liquid-liquid extraction columns

Verma, R. P. ; Sharma, M. M. (1975) Mass transfer in packed liquid-liquid extraction columns Chemical Engineering Science, 30 (3). pp. 279-292. ISSN 0009-2509

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The mass transfer characteristics of 3·5, 7·3, 10·16 and 15·6 cm i.d. packed liquid—liquid extraction columns were studied with a variety of packings such as, 3/8, 1/2 and 1 in. ceramic Raschig rings, 5/8 in. stainless steel Raschig rings, 1/2 and 1 in. ceramic Intalox saddles, 5/8 and 1 in. stainless steel Pall rings, and 1 in. polypropylene Intalox saddles and Pall rings. Some data were also obtained for the co-current mode of operation (up-flow) for packed columns, and without packings. In addition the mass transfer charactersitics of a packed extraction column with film flow were studied. The theory of extraction accompanied by a fast pseudo-first order reaction was employed to measure the values of effective interfacial area. The values of overall (continuous and/or dispersed phase) mass transfer coefficient were measured by the Colburn—Welsh technique. A fairly wide range of physical properties of the two phases was covered. The values of overall (continuous phase) mass transfer coefficient and effective interfacial area for new packings such as Pall rings and Intalox saddles, under otherwise similar conditions, are only about 10 and 35 per cent higher, respectively, than those provided by the conventional packings of the same nominal size. However, the flooding velocities for the newer packings are as much as 80 per cent higher than those for the conventional packings of the same nominal size.

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