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Gas-liquid interfacial area in stirred vessels: The effect of an immiscible liquid phase

Das, TR and Bandopadhyay, A and Parthasarathy, R and Kumar, R (1985) Gas-liquid interfacial area in stirred vessels: The effect of an immiscible liquid phase. In: Chemical Engineering Science, 40 (2). pp. 209-214.

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The presence of an inert immiscible organic phase in gas�liquid dispersions in stirred vessels influences the interfacial area in a more complex fashion than hitherto reported. As the organic phase fraction is increased, the interfacial area expressed on the basis of a unit volume of dispersion or aqueous phase, first increases, passes through a maximum and then decreases. This trend is observed irrespective of whether the area is determined by chemical means or by physical method. It is found that for low values of inert phase fraction, the average bubble size decreases whereas the gas holdup increases, resulting in increased interfacial area. The lower average bubble size is found to be due to partial prevention of coalescence as the bubbles size generated in the impeller region actually increases with the organic phase fraction. The actual values of interfacial areas depend on the nature of the organic phase. It is also found that the organic phase provides a parallel path for mass transfer to occur, when the solubility of gas in it is high.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Chemical Engineering Science
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2009 10:12
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:40
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/22138

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