Modeling and simulation of NOx absorption in pilot-scale packed columns

Suchak, N. J. ; Jethani, K. R. ; Joshi, J. B. (1991) Modeling and simulation of NOx absorption in pilot-scale packed columns AIChE Journal, 37 (3). pp. 323-339. ISSN 0001-1541

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Absorption of nitrogen oxides was studied in three packed columns in series. Two were 254 mm ID and 6 m tall, the third was 800 mm ID and 3 m tall. Absorption was also studied in two packed columns of 800 mm ID, 7 and 10 m tall, operated in series. Solutions of mixed nitric and sulfuric acids were used as absorbents. Specific rates of absorption were measured using a stirred cell with a flat interface. A mathematical model is developed for an adiabatic operation. The gas phase reactions and equilibria, gas phase mass transfer, interface equilibria, and liquid phase reactions are included in the model. Heterogeneous gas-liquid equilibria are included in the model for the first time. The variation in the rates of absorption with chemical reaction (of NO2, N2O3, and N2O4) with respect to acid concentration is considered. The formation of nitric acid in the gas phase is also considered in the model. Favorable agreement is shown between the model predictions and the experimental observations.

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