Modeling of Liquid Distribution in a Packed Column with Open-structure Random Packings
Petrova, Tatyana St.
Semkov, Krum A.
Dzhonova-Atanasova, Daniela B.
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Petrova T.S., Semkov K.A., Dzhonova-Atanasova D.B., 2018, Modeling of Liquid Distribution in a Packed Column with Open-structure Random Packings , Chemical Engineering Transactions, 70, 1051-1056.
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The scientific interest in the efficiency of packed bed columns is a part of the world-wide pursuit of sustainability of the processes. The maldistribution of the phases in the apparatus reduces the efficiency and makes difficult the prediction of process performance and scaling up. The present work aims at modeling of liquid distribution in a packed column with high performance open-structure random packings - metal Raschig Super-Rings 0.7”, 1.5” and 3” and metal Pall rings 1”. Some new approaches for estimation and calculation of model parameters are proposed and tested, using own experimental data for Raschig Super-Rings and published data for Pall rings. A new procedure for identifying one of the model parameters, called by us “overlapping confidential intervals” solution, is developed and illustrated for Raschig Super-Ring packing in the case of partial radial insensitivity (“plateau”) of the residual variance between the model and experimental data. The obtained results show that using appropriate statistical methods of estimation, the dispersion model parameters can be successfully identified achieving a very good prediction of the experimental data. Several numerical examples and case studies are considered and discussed. For the case of Pall rings, the dispersion model predictions are in very good agreement with both published experimental data and predictions made by Computational Fluid Dynamics(CFD) modeling.
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