Three-phase processes in which particle suspension has to be achieved in conjunction with gas dispersion are traditionally carried out in sparged, baffled stirred tanks. The operation of such tanks can suffer, however, from particles tending to block the sparger holes. A viable alternative might be provided by uncovered unbaffled stirred tanks (UUSTs), where gas self-injection can occur when the free-surface vortex reaches the impeller blades and gas bubbles begin to be ingested by the liquid. In this work, the particle suspension and liquid aeration performances in three-phase UUSTs were experimentally investigated and compared with relevant literature correlations concerning baffled systems. The results show that, at least at the investigated scale, UUSTs are more efficient for suspending particles than relevant baffled systems. Impeller clearance scarcely affects power requirements. Finally, a down-pumping PBT with D/T = 1/3 was found to be the best choice for attaining complete suspension under self-aeration conditions.
|Numero di pagine||13|
|Rivista||INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2016|
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