Effect Of Operating Conditions On Gas Holdup In Slurry Bubble Columns With A Foaming Liquid

L. Z. Pino, R. B. Solari, S. Siquier, M. M. Yépez, A. E. SáEZ, L. Antonio Estevez

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This work presents experimental data on gas holdup in slurry bubble columns with a foaming liquid. The effects of solids concentration, solid particle size, superficial phase velocities and column dimensions on the gas holdup are analyzed. At low superficial gas velocities (less than 4cm/s), for which the liquid does not foam, the presence of solids with small particle size does not affect the gas holdup whereas solids with large particle size induce foam formation and thus their presence increases the gas holdup. In the foaming regime, an increase of solids concentration decreases the gas holdup. The operating mode has a strong effect on the gas holdup: the semi-batch operating mode (stagnant liquid-solid suspension) increases the ability of the liquid to foam with respect to the continuous mode. Regarding the effect of column dimensions, the results presented show that the height of the bubble column does not affect at an appreciable extent the gas holdup in the range 6 < LfD < 12, At high gas velocities (greater than 6 cm/s) the gas holdups obtained in a 30 cm-internal diameter column are the same as those measured in a 10 cm-internal diameter column.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-382
Number of pages16
JournalChemical Engineering Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1992


  • Bubble column
  • Foaming
  • Gas holdup
  • Three-phase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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