Enhancement factor for gas absorption in a finite liquid layer, part 2 : First- and second-order reactions in a liquid in plug flow

J. Yue, E. Rebrov, J.C. Schouten

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Abstract

Gas absorption accompanied by an irreversible chemical reaction of first-order or second-order in a liquid layer of finite thickness in plug flow has been investigated. The analytical solution to the enhancement factor has been derived for the case of a first-order reaction, and the exact solution to the enhancement factor has been obtained via numerical simulation for the case of a second-order reaction. The enhancement factor in both cases is presented as a function of the Fourier number and tends to deviate from the prediction of the existing enhancement factor expressions based on the penetration theory at Fourier numbers above 0.1 due to the absence of a well-mixed bulk region in the liquid layer. Approximate enhancement factor expressions that describe the analytical and exact solutions with an accuracy of 5¿% and 9¿%, respectively, have been proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)859-869
Number of pages10
JournalChemical Engineering & Technology
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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