Journal article

Prediction of holdup and drop size distribution in a disc-doughnut pulsed column with tenova kinetics internals for the water-Alamine 336 system

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



Tenova Pulsed Column Kinetics Internals (TPC-KIs) are a newly designed type of pulsed column internals with a novel structure that is expected to achieve less back-mixing, higher holdup and improved mass transfer. This study compared the hydrodynamic performance of TPC-KIs with standard disc and doughnut internals in a 2 m high, 76 mm diameter pulsed solvent extraction column with the water-Alamine 336-Shellsol 2046 system. The effects of the wettability of column internals have also been considered. Dispersed phase holdup and Sauter mean droplet diameter were measured under various pulsation intensities and velocities of both phases, and empirical correlations for holdup and drop size have ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the funding provide by the Australian Research Council through Linkage grant LP130100305 and BHP Billiton, Olympic Dam, for this project, and would also like to thank the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre for the resources provided for this project.