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Effect of bubble deformation on stability and mixing in bubble column
Chemical Engineering Science (2002)
  • Elizabeth León-Becerril
  • Arnaud Cockx
  • Alain Liné

The paper deals with hydrodynamics in bubble columns. The objective of the paper is to study stability and mixing in a bubble column. The modeling of parameters such as stationary drag and added mass is addressed. In addition, the effect of bubble deformation in terms of eccentricity is highlighted. In a previous paper, the transition between homogeneous and heterogeneous regimes in bubble column without liquid flow has been shown to be driven by the deformation of the bubbles associated to drag and added mass. In the present paper, this work is generalized to bubble column with liquid flow and to the transition from bubble flow to slug flow in a vertical pipe. Numerical simulations of gas–liquid reactors are presented. The numerical simulations are validated in the case of gas plume after the Becker et al. data (Becker, S., Sokolichin, A., & Eigenberg, G., 1994, Gas–liquid flow in bubble columns and loop reactors: Part II. Comparison of detailed experiments and flow simulations. Chemical Engineering Science, 49 (24B), 5747–5762). The numerical simulations are finally applied to a bubble column. The simulations of residence time distribution coupled to transient hydrodynamics are shown to be very sensitive to the modeling of interfacial transfer of momentum from the bubbles to the liquid in terms of drag and added mass, including the effect of bubble deformation.

  • Stability analysis,
  • bubble column,
  • two-fluid model
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Elizabeth León-Becerril, Arnaud Cockx and Alain Liné. "Effect of bubble deformation on stability and mixing in bubble column" Chemical Engineering Science Vol. 57 Iss. 16 (2002)
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