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See detailX-ray CT study of the influence of liquid viscosity on fluid phase distribution in modular catalytic packings
Aferka, Saïd ULg; Viva, Aurora; Brunazzi, Elisabetta et al

in Chemical Engineering Transactions (2011), 24

In the frame of the present study, the influence of liquid viscosity on liquid holdup distribution in a packed column equipped with the modular catalytic packing Katapak-SP 11 is measured. Water and an ... [more ▼]

In the frame of the present study, the influence of liquid viscosity on liquid holdup distribution in a packed column equipped with the modular catalytic packing Katapak-SP 11 is measured. Water and an aqueous solution of glycerine, the viscosity of which equals 10 cP, are used as feed liquids. The estimation of liquid holdup is of great interest due to its strong influence on pressure drop, on solid wetting and on heat and mass transfer coefficients. The experimental technique used is high energy X-ray tomography, which is a unique technique to visualize the local liquid distribution inside the complex structure of packings and to quantify the liquid holdup at different scales. [less ▲]

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See detailTomographic measurement of liquid hold up and effective interfacial area distributions in a column packed with high performance structured packings
Aferka, Saïd ULg; Viva, Aurora; Brunazzi, Elisabetta et al

in Chemical Engineering Science (2011), 66

In this paper, we report on the use of a high energy and high resolution X-ray tomograph to visualize and quantify the distribution of liquid hold up and of gas-liquid interfacial area in a 0.1m diameter ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we report on the use of a high energy and high resolution X-ray tomograph to visualize and quantify the distribution of liquid hold up and of gas-liquid interfacial area in a 0.1m diameter column filled with MellapakPlus 752.Y packing elements. A standard air-water system at room temperature and atmospheric pressure was used. Tomographic measurements have been carried out in a large number of packing cross sections situated at different heights between the top and the bottom of the packed column, giving access to the evolution of axial profiles of liquid hold up and of gas-liquid interfacial area as a function of the operating conditions. Gas-liquid interfacial area values were also measured by a chemical method (CO2 absorption from air into a caustic solution). For the first time, a whole set of gas-liquid interfacial area values evaluated from tomographic images are interestingly compared with values measured by a chemical method. A comparison is also presented with literature models. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of liquid hold-up and flow distribution inside modular catalytic structured packings
Viva, Aurora; Aferka, Saïd ULg; Toye, Dominique ULg et al

in Chemical Engineering Research & Design : Transactions of the Institution of Chemical Engineers Part A (2011), 89

This paper presents the results of a study carried out to examine liquid hold-up and flow distribution in a 0.1m internal diameter column filled with catalytic structured packing Katapak-SP. Information ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the results of a study carried out to examine liquid hold-up and flow distribution in a 0.1m internal diameter column filled with catalytic structured packing Katapak-SP. Information has been gathered at local scale by means of a non-intrusive high energy X-ray tomograph. Measurements have been carried out in a large number of packing cross sections situated at different heights between the top and bottom of the packed column, giving access to the evolution of axial profiles of liquid hold-up in the open channels (separation zone) and in the catalytic baskets (reaction zone) as a function of the liquid load. The total hold-up, evaluated by averaging local tomographic values over the packed volume, was compared with global hold-up data obtained by traditional methods, like draining and RTD measurements. A method was also proposed to deduce the distribution of liquid flowrate, between the reaction and the separation zones, from hold-up distribution measured by tomography. The methodology was validated by comparison with experimental data obtained by collecting separately the liquid flowing out of the two zones at the bottom of the packed bed. The obtained results are invaluable to improve the description of hydrodynamics in rate based performance models. [less ▲]

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See detailProcessing of X-ray tomographic images: a procedure adapted for the analysis of phase distribution in MellapakPlus 752.Y and Katapak-SP packings
Viva, Aurora; Aferka, Saïd ULg; Brunazzi, Elisabetta et al

in Flow Measurement & Instrumentation (2011), 22

We developed a simple practical methodology to face common problems encountered in the analysis of tomographic images to get quantitative information on phase distributions in gas liquid contacting ... [more ▼]

We developed a simple practical methodology to face common problems encountered in the analysis of tomographic images to get quantitative information on phase distributions in gas liquid contacting columns packed with complex metallic packings. In particular, the procedure (thresholding and normalisation) was developed and validated on images of geometrically well known Mellapak Plus 752 Y packings. The methodology was extended to images of Katapak-SP modular packings which are made of an alternation of Mellapak Plus 752 Y sheets and catalytic baskets. Global liquid hold-up, obtained by averaging tomographic results over the column height, were found in agreement with bed scale data measured on the same Mellapak Plus 752 Y and Katapak-SP (11 and 12) packings at a given liquid load. Moreover, gas-liquid interfacial area were calculated and reported to the installed geometric area. [less ▲]

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See detailX-ray CT study of the influence of liquid viscosity on fluid phase distribution in modular catalytic packings
Aferka, Saïd ULg; Viva, Aurora; Toye, Dominique ULg et al

in AIDIC Conference series (2010), 10

In the frame of the present study, the influence of liquid viscosity on liquid holdup distribution in a packed column equipped with the modular catalytic packing Katapak-SP 11 is measured. Water and an ... [more ▼]

In the frame of the present study, the influence of liquid viscosity on liquid holdup distribution in a packed column equipped with the modular catalytic packing Katapak-SP 11 is measured. Water and an aqueous solution of glycerine, the viscosity of which equals 10 cP, are used as feed liquids. The estimation of liquid holdup is of great interest due to its strong influence on pressure drop, on solid wetting and on heat and mass transfer coefficients. The experimental technique used is high energy X-ray tomography, which is a unique technique to visualize the local liquid distribution inside the complex structure of packings and to quantify the liquid holdup at different scales. [less ▲]

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