Chapter 3
Example 3.22
1
.

In an experimental study of the absorption of ammonia by water in a wettedwall column, the
value of K
G
was found to be 2.7510
6
kmol/m
2
skPa. At one point in the column, the
composition of the gas and liquid phases were 8.0 and 0.115 mole % NH
3
, respectively. The
temperature was 300 K and the total pressure was 1 atm. Eightyfive percent of the total
resistance to mass transfer was found to be in the gas phase. At 300 K, ammoniawater
solution follow Henrys law up to 5 mole % ammonia in the liquid, with m = 1.64 when the
total pressure is 1 atm. Calculate the individual film coefficients and the interfacial
concentrations.
Solution 
N
A
= K
G
(p
A
p
A
*
) = K
G
P(y
A
y
A
*
) = K
y
(y
A
y
A
*
)
K
y
= K
G
P = (2.7510
6
)(101.3) = 2.78610
4
kmol/m
2
s
Since
1
y
K
=
1
y
k
+
x
m
k
for gas phase resistance that accounts for 85% of the total
resistance:
1/
1/
y
y
k
K
= 0.85 k
y
= K
y
/0.85 = 2.78610
4
/0.85 = 3.2810
4
kmol/m
2
s
/
1/
x
y
m k
K
= 0.15 k
x
= mK
y
/0.15 = 1.642.78610
4
/0.15 = 3.0510
3
kmol/m
2
s
y
A
*
= mx
A
= 1.641.1510
3
= 1.88610
3
N
A
= K
y
(y
A
y
A
*
) = 2.78610
4
(0.08 1.88610
3
) = 2.1810
5
kmol/m
2
s
N
A
= k
y
(y
A
y
Ai
) y
Ai
= y
A
A
y
N
k
= 0.080
5
4
2.18 10
3.28 10
= 0.01362
y
Ai
= m x
Ai
x
Ai
=
Ai
y
m
=
0.01362
1.64
= 8.30510
3
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Example 3.23
2
.

A wettedwall absorption tower is fed with water as the wall liquid and an ammoniaair
mixture as the centralcore gas. At a particular point in the tower, the ammonia concentration
in the bulk gas is 0.6 mole fraction, that in the bulk liquid is 0.12 mole fraction. The
temperature is 300 K and the pressure is 1 atm. Ignoring the vaporization of water, calculate
the local ammonia masstransfer flux. Data: k
x
= 3.5/(1 x
A
)
lm
mol/m
2
s, and k
y
= 2.0/(1
y
A
)
lm
mol/m
2
s; equilibrium relation: y
Ai
= 10.5x
Ai
[0.156 + 0.622x
Ai
(5.765x
Ai
1)].
Solution 
The molar flux of ammonia (A) is given by
N
A
= k
y
(1 ) (1 )
1
ln
1
A Ai
Ai A
Ai
A
y y
y y
y
y
 

\
= k
x
(1 ) (1 )
1
ln
1
Ai A
A Ai
A
Ai
x x
x x
x
x
 

\
k
y
1
ln
1
Ai
A
y
y
 

\
= k
x
1
ln
1
A
Ai
x
x
 

\
1
1
Ai
A
y
y
=
/
1
1
x y
k k
A
Ai
x
x
 

\
y
Ai
= 1 (1 y
Ai
)
/
1
1
x y
k k
A
Ai
x
x
 

\
= 1 0.4
1.75
0.88
1
Ai
x
 

\
(E1)
y
Ai
and x
Ai
are the solutions of Eq. (E1) and the equilibrium relation:
y
Ai
= 10.5x
Ai
[0.156 + 0.622x
Ai
(5.765x
Ai
1)] (E2)
The following Matlab codes solve Eqs. (E1) and (E2) and plot out these equations. The
intersection of the two curves from these equations also provides the solution.
v=fminsearch('f3d2d3',[0.5 0.5]);
xi=v(1);yi=v(2);
fprintf('xAi = %8.3f, yAi = %8.3f\n',xi,yi)
x=0:0.01:0.28;
y1=10.4*(0.88./(1x)).^1.75;
y2=10.5*x.*(0.156 + 0.622*x.*(5.765*x1));
plot(x,y1,x,y2)
xlabel('x_A');ylabel('y_A')
grid on
function ff=f3d2d3(v)
xi=v(1);yi=v(2);
f1=yi1+0.4*(0.88/(1xi))^1.75;
f2=yi10.5*xi*(0.156 + 0.622*xi*(5.765*xi1));
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ff=f1*f1+f2*f2;
>> e3d2d3
xAi = 0.231, yAi = 0.494
The interfacial concentrations are: x
Ai
= 0.231 and y
Ai
= 0.494. The molar flux of A is then
N
A
= k
y
1
ln
1
Ai
A
y
y
 

\
= 2
1 0.494
ln
1 0.600
 

\
= 4.7 mol/m
2
s
Example 3.24
3
.

A mixture of methanol (substance 1, the more volatile) and water (substance 2) is being
distilled in a packed tower. At a point along the tower where the temperature is 360 K, the
methanol content of the bulk of the gas phase is 36 mol%; that of the bulk of the liquid phase
is 20 mol%. Assume equimolar counter diffusion with mass transfer coefficients k
y
= 0.0017
kmol/m
2
s and k
y
= 0.0017 kmol/m
2
s, estimate the local flux of methanol from the liquid to
the gas phase. Solve the problem by plotting equilibrium curve at 360 K. The activity
coefficients for this system are given by:
ln
1
= ln(x
1
+x
2
12
) + x
2
12 21
1 2 12 2 1 21
x x x x
(
(
+ +
;
12
=
2
1
V
V
exp
12
a
RT
 

\
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ln
2
= ln(x
2
+x
1
21
) + x
1
12 21
1 2 12 2 1 21
x x x x
(
(
+ +
;
21
=
1
2
V
V
exp
21
a
RT
 

\
Recommended values of the parameter for this system are: V
1
= 40.73 cm
3
/mol, V
2
= 18.07
cm
3
/mol, a
12
= 107.38 cal/mol, and a
21
= 469.55 cal/mol. The vapor pressure for methanol
and water can be determined from the following equations:
ln P
1
vap
= 16.5938
3644.3
33 T
ln P
2
vap
= 16.2620
3800.0
47 T
Solution 
The equilibrium curve at 360 K is obtained from the following steps:
1) Choose a value of mole fraction in the liquid phase, x
1
, between 0.1 and 0.25;
2) Evaluate the activity coefficients;
3) Evaluate the vapor pressures
4) Evaluate the partial pressures:
p
1
=
1
x
1
P
1
vap
, and p
2
=
2
x
2
P
2
vap
5) The mole fraction in the vapor phase, y
1
, is then p
1
/( p
1
+ p
2
)
The local flux is obtained from the following expressions:
N
1
= k
x
(x x
i
) = k
y
(y
i
y)
y
i
= y +
x
y
k
k
(x x
i
) = 0.36 +
0.0149
0.0017
(0.2 x
i
) (E1)
The above equation is a straight line that can be plotted on the graph with the equilibrium
curve. The intersection of flux equation (E1) and the equilibrium curve provides the
interfacial compositions x
i
and y
i
.
The Matlab codes, listed in Table E1, plots the equilibrium curve and flux equation (E1).
From the closed up view of the graph (Figure E2), the interfacial compositions are
x
i
= 0.17884 and y
i
= 0.54545
The local flux is then
N
1
= k
x
(x x
i
) = 0.0149(0.2 0.17884) = 3.1510
4
kmol/m
2
s
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 Table E1 Matlab codes to plot equilibrium curve and flux equation 
R=1.987;T=360;v1=40.73;v2=18.07;a12=107.38;a21=469.55;
RT=R*T;
d12=v2*exp(a12/(RT))/v1;d21=v1*exp(a21/(RT))/v2;
x1=0.1:0.01:0.25;x2=1x1;
con=d12./(x1+x2*d12)d21./(x2+x1*d21);
gam1=exp(log(x1+x2*d12)+x2.*con);
gam2=exp(log(x2+x1*d21)x1.*con);
pv1=exp(16.59383644.3/(T33));
pv2=exp(16.26203800.0/(T47));
p1=pv1*gam1.*x1;p2=pv2*gam2.*x2;
y1=p1./(p1+p2);
plot(x1,y1)
x=0.15;
y=0.36+(0.2x)*.0149/.0017;
plot(x1,y1,[x 0.2],[y 0.36],'')
xlabel('x_A');ylabel('y_A')
grid on
legend('Equilibrium','Flux equation')

Figure E1 Graphical solution
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Figure E2 Graphical solution (closedup view)
The interfacial compositions x
i
and y
i
can be obtained directly from the following Matlab
codes without graphing:
function ff=f3d2d4(v)
x1=v(1);y1=v(2);x2=1x1;
R=1.987;T=360;v1=40.73;v2=18.07;a12=107.38;a21=469.55; RT=R*T;
d12=v2*exp(a12/(RT))/v1;d21=v1*exp(a21/(RT))/v2;
con=d12/(x1+x2*d12)d21/(x2+x1*d21);
gam1=exp(log(x1+x2*d12)+x2*con);
gam2=exp(log(x2+x1*d21)x1*con);
pv1=exp(16.59383644.3/(T33));
pv2=exp(16.26203800.0/(T47));
p1=pv1*gam1*x1;p2=pv2*gam2*x2;
f1=y1p1/(p1+p2);
f2=y10.360.0149*(0.2x1)/0.0017;
ff=f1*f1+f2*f2;
>> fminsearch('f3d2d4',[0.5 0.5])
ans =
0.1788 0.5455