Bubble characteristics in a high-intensity gas/liquid contactor

B. Waldie, T. Johnston, W. K. Harris, C. Bell

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Abstract

Experimental studies on bubble sizes in a high-intensity gas/liquid contractor are described. The contractor utilizes cross flow of liquid at high velocities to generate small bubbles. The relatively limited previous literature on bubble formation in cross flow is first reviewed. Measurements using a video technique at the exit of a short version of the contractor and on a section of the porous distributor are then described. The latter allows study of individual pores. Data on the influence of water velocity and gas rate on mean sizes and size distributions are presented. Electrolytes added to the water allow the significance of bubble coalescence to be quantified. The critical concentrations for complete suppression of coalescence are compared with theoretical values from two models. Aspects of predictive modelling are also considered briefly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5319-5327
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Volume54
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1999

Keywords

  • Bubble size
  • Coalescence
  • Contacting
  • Cross flow
  • Electrolyte
  • High intensity
  • Mass transfer

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    Waldie, B., Johnston, T., Harris, W. K., & Bell, C. (1999). Bubble characteristics in a high-intensity gas/liquid contactor. Chemical Engineering Science, 54(21), 5319-5327.