Journal article

Comparison of the Hydrodynamic Performance of Pulsed Solvent Extraction Columns with Tenova Pulsed Column Kinetics Internals and Standard Disc and Doughnut Internals for Copper Extraction Using the LIX 84 System

Wen Li, Yong Wang, Kathryn A Mumford, Kathryn H Smith, Geoffrey W Stevens

SOLVENT EXTRACTION AND ION EXCHANGE | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

The dispersed phase holdup and droplet size are important parameters for understanding the hydrodynamic performance of pulsed solvent extraction columns. This study provides a comparison of the hydrodynamic performance between a Tenova Pulsed Column with Kinetics Internals (TPC-KI) and a pulsed column with standard disc and doughnut internals. The TPC-KIs are designed to improve the performance of systems with slow reaction kinetics, such as copper extraction with LIX 84, which was the focus of the current study. Holdup and drop size have been measured as a function of pulsation intensity and phase velocities for both types of column internals. Lower holdup and larger drop sizes were obtaine..

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