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Hydrodynamics and Volumetric GasLiquid

Mass Transfer Coefficient of a Stirred Vessel
Equipped with a Gas-Inducing Impeller

Article in Chemical Engineering Science August 2002

DOI: 10.1016/S0009-2509(02)00200-2


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Chemical Engineering Science 57 (2002) 3299 3306

Hydrodynamics and volumetric gasliquid mass transfer coe%cient of a

stirred vessel equipped with a gas-inducing impeller
S. Poncina; , C. Nguyena , N. Midouxa , J. Breysseb;1
a Laboratoire des Sciences du Genie Chimique, CNRS - ENSIC, 1, rue Grandville, BP 451-54001 Nancy Cedex, France
b Rh
one-Poulenc Industrialisation, 24, av. Jean-Jaur*es, BP 166, 69151 Decines-Charpieu Cedex, France
Received 14 August 2001; received in revised form 17 March 2002; accepted 17 March 2002


Hydrodynamic and mass transfer characteristics of a gasliquid stirred tank provided with a radial gas-inducing turbine were studied.
The e7ect of the rotation speed and the liquid submergence on global hydrodynamic and mass transfer parameters such as the critical
impeller speed, the induced gas 8ow rate, the gas holdup, the power consumption and the volumetric gasliquid mass transfer coe%cient
were investigated. The experiments are mainly conducted with airwater system. In the case of critical impeller speed determination, two
liquid viscosities have been used. The volumetric gasliquid mass transfer coe%cient kL a has been obtained by two di7erent techniques.
The gas holdup, the induced gas rate and the volumetric gasliquid mass transfer coe%cient are increasing functions with the rotation
speed and decreasing ones with the liquid submergence. The e7ects of these operating parameters on the measured global parameters have
been taken into account by introducing the dimensionless modi:ed Froude number and correlations have been proposed for this type of
impeller. ? 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Keywords: Absorption; Hydrodynamics; Mass transfer; Mixing; Multiphase reactors

1. Introduction However, radial and=or axial turbines are also used when
the biomass cell is resistant and when the gasliquid mass
Many processes involve the dispersion of a gazeous phase transfer is the rate-limiting step to get high liquid circulation
in a liquid phase. This operation is often conducted in gas and interfacial area. In chemical industry, radial and=or axial
liquid agitated tanks. In the conventional gasliquid mixed self-inducing turbines are used in many applications such as
reactors, the gas is introduced in the reactor through a sparger hydrogenations, oxidations or chlorations to avoid an exter-
located under the impeller. In this case, the super:cial gas nal loop and compressor especially in the case of hazardous
velocity and the impeller speed are independent parameters. or undesirable gas recompression and when almost complete
However, in some industrial :elds such as chemistry, bio- utilisation of the solute gas has to be obtained. Turbines
chemistry and mineralurgy, gas-inducing impellers are in- similar to the design of a centrifugal pump have also been
volved. Several designs of these systems have been reported used as gas inducing impellers of 8otation cells for gas
in the literature. The choice and the geometry of the im- liquidsolid contacting operations involved in mineral win-
peller depend on the process objective and application. For ning (Koen & Pingaud, 1977; Zundelevich, 1979; Sawant,
biotechnological processes, intensive liquid mixing without Joshi, Pangarkar, & Mhaskar, 1981, Raidoo, Raghav Rao,
the disadvantageous e7ects of shearing stresses which cause Sawant, & Joshi, 1987).
disintegration of biomass cells have generally to be ob- It is well known that the impeller performance per unit
tained simultaneously. These requirements seem to be satis- power consumption strongly depends upon the impeller de-
:ed by impellers such as helical paddles, disk, six pipe im- sign (Joshi, Pandit, & Sharma, 1982). For a given geometry
pellers (Heim, Kraslawski, Rzyski, & Stelmach, 1995) etc. of the reactor and gasliquid system, the knowledge of the
evolution of global parameters such as the gas holdup, the

power consumption, the volumetric gasliquid mass trans-
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fer coe%cient with the operating conditions (rotation speed,
1 Present address: Rhodia Centre de Recherche de Lyon; 85, av. des gas 8ow rate, etc.) is of primary importance for scale-up
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The aim of this work is therefore to propose the perfor- Table 1

mance of a radial gas inducing turbine which is similar to Characteristics of the reactor
the design of a centrifugal pump. This type of impeller uses D=T W=T Ha =T Ho =T
the acceleration of the liquid phase over the blades to lo-
0.333 0.1 0.3 0.71.53
cally reduce the pressure and hence to induce a 8ow of gas
through the hollow shaft from the headspace; the gas 8ow
rate and the impeller speed become dependent which is not observed under strobe lighting, with the strobe speed
the case of non-inducing systems. The critical (or minimum) matched to the turbine speed. The power is deduced from
turbine speed Nc at which the onset of gas induction occurs the measurements of the torque transmitted to the impeller.
may be considered as the :rst step in the design of the re- The motor is mounted vertically between two ball bearings
actor and the rate of gas induction has to be determined as so that it can turn freely on itself. A counterweight system
a function of the impeller speed. Furthermore, the knowl- allows measurements of the resisting couple necessary to
edge of the power consumption is of vital importance: it maintain the motor motionless. Power numbers of standard
governs the performance of mechanically agitated reactors turbines such as the Rushton turbine and the pitched blade
and is directly related to the operating cost. The prediction turbine are determined in order to check the precision of
of the volumetric gasliquid mass transfer coe%cient is fre- results obtained with the equipment used. The impeller di-

quently important as gas-to-liquid mass transfer can be the ameter was 0:20 m in both cases and a blade angle of 45
rate limiting step in chemical and biochemical reactors. This was used in the case of pitched blade. The power numbers
parameter as well as the gas holdup on which it is related were found to be 5.1 for the Rushton turbine and 1.7 for the
are also investigated in this study. pitched blade, which is in close agreement with those re-
ported in the literature (Oldshue, 1983; Rewatkar, Raghava
Rao, & Joshi, 1990). For the rate of gas induction measure-
2. Experimental set-up ments, the reactor is completely sealed and a volumetric
gas meter connected to the outlet of the reactor is used. The
Experiments are carried out in a 0:6 m i.d. mechanically pressure drop across this meter is only a few mm H2 O and
agitated reactor used by Nguyen (1993). The cylindrical therefore has negligible e7ect on the volumetric gas 8ow
8at bottomed perspex vessel is equipped with four baIes of rate. The air pressure above the liquid surface in the vessel
width W = T=10 and the radial turbine used in this study is has been measured with a U tube.
associated to the hollow shaft. The geometry of the impeller The mean gas holdup is measured midway between the
is similar to that of centrifugal pumps; it consists of a dou- two adjacent baIes, at di7erent rotation speeds, from the
ble disc which covers eight straight radial 8at blades and is increase of liquid height on aeration. The volumetric gas
open to the liquid circulation around the base of the hollow liquid mass transfer coe%cient kL a is obtained using two
shaft as shown in Fig 1. The experiments are conducted with di7erent techniques: a physical technique and a chemical
airwater system, except in the case of the critical impeller absorption technique. The dynamic physical absorption
speed determination for which a 60% sucrose solution has technique concerns the absorption of oxygen into water
also been used in order to study the e7ect of liquid viscos- or into a 15 kg=m3 potassium sulphate solution. For each
ity. The main dimensionless geometric characteristics of the impeller speed, the liquid has been :rst stripped of oxy-
apparatus are presented in Table 1. gen by chemical reaction. For this purpose, a small but
The impeller speed is varied up to about 1200 rpm. The su%cient amount of sodium sulphate solution is added at
critical agitation speed for gas induction is obtained for the beginning in the liquid in the presence of the catalyst
di7erent liquid heights. For this purpose, the turbine was (cobalt sulphate, 106 kmol=m3 ) in order to get a slow
reaction regime and to avoid the modi:cation of the coales-
cent behaviour of the system. The sodium sulphate is thus
totally oxidised by the dissolved oxygen and the dissolved
oxygen concentration increases again up to the saturation.
Liquid Liquid The chemical technique consists of the classical oxidation
of sulphite (0.4 0:8 kmol=m3 ) catalysed by cobalt sulphate
(5:106 kmol=m3 ) at pH = 8 and ambient temperature.

3. Results and discussion

3.1. Critical impeller speed
gas Gas induction through the hollow shaft begins when the
pressure reduction at the tip, obtained at a certain value
Fig. 1. Design of the impeller. of the impeller speed, is su%cient to overcome the static
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6 1.00
Nc (Rps) Frc(w/)0.07

sucrose solution
water 0.50 L = 14 mPa s
sucrose solution L = 1 mPa s
2 (60%) 0.25

1 (Ho-Ha)/D
Ho-Ha (m) 0
0 2 4 6 8
0 0 .25 0 .5 0.75 1 Fig. 3. E7ect of the liquid viscosity on the critical Froude number.

Fig. 2. Critical conditions for gas induction.

also di7erent operating and design variables such as the liq-

uid level and the impeller and vessel diameters. They con-
head of liquid above the impeller. The corresponding rota- cluded that this dimensionless number which was found to
tion speed Nc is therefore called the critical turbine speed be 0:21 0:04 is not a7ected by the impeller design and di-
for gas induction. This phenomenon was :rst and simply ameter, the vessel diameter, and the liquid submergence. As
analysed by Braginsky (1964) as reported by Evans, Rielly, proposed by Patwardhan and Joshi (1999), the impeller used
Davidson and Carpenter (1991). Results of Nc as a function in this study may be classi:ed in type 22 systems for which
of the liquid submergence (Ho Ha ) have previously been two-phase 8ow (gas and liquid) is obtained at the inlet and
reported by a number of investigators for other impeller de- at the outlet of the impeller zone. These authors classi:ed
signs (White & de Villiers, 1977; Joshi & Sharma, 1977; as type 12 systems the impellers for which a two-phase 8ow
Sawant & Joshi, 1979; Saravanan, Mundale, & Joshi, 1994, (gas and liquid) and a single-phase 8ow (gas) are obtained
etc.). Models have been developed or extended for the crit- at the outlet and at the inlet of the impeller, respectively. The
ical impeller speed in the case of impellers of di7erent de- comparison between the results of critical conditions for gas
signs (Evans, Rielly, Davidson, & Carpenter, 1990; Evans et induction obtained with this impeller and those reported in
al., 1991; Saravanan et al., 1994; Saravanan & Joshi, 1995). the literature for type 12 and 22 systems clearly shows that
The typical critical impeller speed data obtained for dif- the value of Frc obtained in this study is lower than those
ferent liquid submergences (Ho Ha ) and airliquid systems of type 12 and 22 systems for other impeller geometries.
used in this study are reported in Fig. 2. The critical turbine However, the di7erence between the values may be due to
speed logically increases with the liquid submergence and the measurement technique of Nc and the subjectivity which
with the liquid viscosity. Assuming ideal frictionless liquid may also play a role for Nc determination.
motion, the energy balance expression applied between the The e7ect of physical properties of the system as the liq-
gas ori:ce ejection and the free surface of the liquid pro- uid viscosity and density has also been studied by Sawant
vides a constant modi:ed critical Froude number Frc based and Joshi (1979), Sawant et al. (1981) and Koen and Pin-
on submergence as follows: gaud (1977) who extended the preceding approach of Frc =
(Nc D)2 constant to include the e7ects of liquid physical properties
Frc = : (1) on Nc . The experimental results obtained in this study may
g(Ho Ha )
be represented by the following correlation (Fig. 3):
The data of the studied impeller are correctly represented by  0:07
(Ho Ha ) Frc = 0:153: (4)
Frc = 0:153 ; (2) 
The value of the exponent (0.11) proposed by Sawant and
which gives
Joshi (1979) who used a large range of liquid viscosities (up
Frc = 0:153 (3) to 82 mPa s) is slightly higher than that obtained in this study
where only two liquid viscosities were used. These authors
for the airwater system and for liquid loadings Ho =T ranged do not :nd any e7ect of liquid density on the impeller speed
from 0.6 up to 1.6. in the range 800 1200 kg=m3 . The results of Nc have also
Sawant and Joshi (1979) compared the critical Froude been represented in the same form as that proposed by Koen
numbers Frc obtained with di7erent types of impellers and and Pingaud (1977) even if the diameter of the impeller
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2.0 5

FrcRec0.07 QG x 103 (m3/s)

1.5 sucrose solution Ho (m)
L = 14 mPa s 3 0.42
1.0 L = 1 mPa s
0.5 Koen and
Pingaud (1977) N(rps)
0 0 5 10 15 20
0 2 4 6 8
Fig. 5. E7ect of impeller speed and liquid submergence on the gas
Fig. 4. Comparison with the correlation of Koen and Pingaud (1977). induction rate.

has not been varied. The following correlation holds in this QG /(ND3)
Ho (m)
(Ho Ha ) 0.03
Frc = 0:35 Rec0:07 or Frc Rec0:07 = 0:35; (5) 0.42
which shows the same Reynolds exponent (0.07) and a co- 0.02
e%cient (0.35) close to that determined by Koen and Pin-
gaud (0.4). The comparison between predicted and experi- 0.72
mental values is illustrated in Fig. 4. 0.01 0.92
3.2. Gas induction 9ow rate
When impeller speed is increased beyond the critical 0.1 1 Fr* Frc* 10

speed at which gas induction occurs, the quantity of gas Fig. 6. Correlation of the gas induction rate.
in the reactor increases and the bubbles rise as in a bubble
column, the zone situated below the impeller being ap-
proximately free of bubbles. The most important variables experimental and calculated values with Eq. (6) is within
in8uencing the rate of gas induction are the impeller de- 20%.
sign, the impeller diameter, the impeller speed, the liquid
submergence and the physical properties of the liquid. The 3.3. Power consumption
results of gas induction 8ow rate measured at the outlet of
the reactor as a function of the impeller speed and liquid The most important variables in8uencing the power con-
submergence are reported in Fig. 5. The experimental data sumption are the impeller diameter and design and liquid
show the increase of the gas induced 8ow rate with the submergence. Without gas sparging, i.e. at ungassed condi-
impeller speed for the di7erent liquid submergences. For a tions, the power consumption is given by Po = Npo N 3 D5 ,
given impeller speed, QG is signi:cantly reduced when the where the power number Npo is a constant which depends
liquid height increases. upon the design of the impeller. At gassed conditions,
Di7erent dimensionless groups were proposed in the lit- the power consumption may be represented by the power
erature to correlate the gas induced 8ow rate. The gas 8ow number NpG or by the ratio NpG =Npo (aerated power
rates obtained in the presence of airwater system for di7er- number=unaerated power number). The value of the power
ent liquid heights are well correlated by plotting the aeration number Npo measured at ungassed turbulent conditions is
number NA as a function of the modi:ed Froude number found to be 1.1 for the turbine under study. This result has
Fr or the di7erence Fr Frc . The following correlation been obtained by sealing the holes through which the gas is
is thus obtained: induced.
NA = [23(1 + (Fr Frc )1:7 )]1 : (6) Fig. 7 shows the power number NpG plotted against the
impeller speed. The power consumption obtained for im-
The comparison between experimental and correlated val- peller speeds higher than the critical speed Nc is lower than
ues of NA is shown in Fig. 6. The agreement between that measured at ungassed conditions. This is due to the gas
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1.5 NPG
Ho (m) 1.2
1.3 Ho = 0.62 m
1.1 Ho = 0.72 m
0.72 Ho = 0.82 m
0.9 0.8
0.82 Ho = 0.92 m
0.7 Equ.7

N (rps)
5 10 15 20 Fr* _ Frc*
Fig. 7. Evolution of the power number with the impeller speed and the 0 1 2 3
liquid height.
Fig. 9. Correlation of the power number.

PG /Po As shown previously for Nc and QG , the e7ect of the
1.0 Ho = 0.62 m
liquid height is taken into account by the modi:ed Froude
number. This is obtained by plotting the ratio NpG against
Ho = 0.72 m
0.8 Fr as represented in Fig. 9. The results of NpG obtained
Ho = 0.92 m for di7erent liquid heights may be correlated by:
0.6 0:92
NpG = 0:19 + (7)
1 + 0:57(Fr Frc )2
This :gure shows the good agreement between the exper-
imental results and this correlation which is valid for air
NA = QG/ND3 water system in the following operating range and condi-
tions: T = 0:6 m; D = 0:2 m; 0:7 (Ho Ha )=T = 1:2 and
0 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.04 N = 13 rps.

Fig. 8. Evolution of PG =Po with the aeration number. 3.4. Global gas holdup

recirculation which causes a decrease of the average density The fractional gas holdup is intimately lined to the gas in-
in the impeller vicinity and also due to the adherent cavities duction rate which cannot be varied independently as men-
formed by the induced gas behind the impeller blades which tioned above and which is in turn related to the power con-
causes a decrease of the free volume available for the liquid sumption (impeller speed and geometry) and to the disper-
circulation inside the impeller, between the two discs. As a sion ability of the impeller which depends on its design. The
result, the liquid pumping capacity decreases. Furthermore, results of fractional gas holdup obtained by measuring the
the decrease of NpG when the impeller speed N increases heights of the gasliquid dispersion and the clear liquid, are
at gassed conditions is due to the increase of the induced plotted as a function of the impeller speed and the clear liq-
and the recirculated gas 8ow rates with N . The increase of uid height in Fig. 10. As expected, G increases with the im-
NpG with the liquid height is caused by the decrease of the peller speed. This is related to the increase in the rate of gas
induced gas 8ow rate with Ho . induction with N . When the liquid submergence increases,
In conventional mechanically agitated reactors, the gas the gas holdup decreases due to the reduction of the gas in-
rate as well as the rotation speed are operating parame- duction rate with Ho . The measurements are less accurate
ters and it has been more common to consider the gassed for the lower N due to the high oscillations of the liquid
power=ungassed power ratio and to relate it to the aeration level which occur at low impeller speeds. More accuracy is
number NA . For the gas inducing impellers, the gas rate de- obtained from G = 2%. Fig. 11 shows the experimental data
pends on the impeller speed which is an independent op- from Fig. 10 using the modi:ed Froude number to correct
erating parameter. It is therefore more suitable in this case the e7ect of the liquid height on the fractional gas holdup.
to correlate the hydrodynamic parameters with the Froude The experimental results are thus well described by the fol-
number, even if the power number may also be correlated lowing equation:
with the aeration number as illustrated in Fig. 8 which shows (Fr Frc )1:1
G = (8)
a good correlation between NA and PG =Po . 0:043(Fr Frc )1:1 + 0:135
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12 0.16
G (%) kLa(s-1)
0.12 Ho (m)
8 0.66
Ho (m) 0.72
6 0.62 0.82
0.78 0.92
4 0.04

2 N (rps)
N (rps) 0
0 5 10 15 20
0 5 10 15 20 25
Fig. 12. Evolution of kL a with the impeller speed and the liquid height.
Fig. 10. Variation of the gas holdup with the impeller speed and the
liquid height.

technique are plotted against the rotation speed in Fig. 12.

12 With respect to the evolution of the gas holdup with N; kL a
G (%)
Ho (m) increases with N and decreases with increase in Ho .
10 0.62 Sawant et al. (1981) reported a linear behaviour between
0.66 kL a and N Nc for Denver-type 8otation cells. Joshi and
Sharma (1977) obtained the following variation of kL a for
pipe and 8attened cylindrical impellers:
0.82 kL a kL ao (N Nc )1:2 ;
4 0.92
Where kL ao is the value at the minimum impeller speed, ob-
2 tained by extrapolation. The exponent on the impeller speed
Fr* _ Frc* obtained by the preceding authors for other inducing im-
0 peller types di7ers from that corresponding to our experi-
0 1 2 3 4
mental results which is of 2.2.
Fig. 11. Variation of the gas holdup with Fr . As the description of experimental data of G and kL a is
quite similar, it was thought desirable to correlate kL a with
the modi:ed Froude number, in the same form as the gas
The comparison between experimental values and results holdup. The following empirical correlation is thus obtained
obtained using this relation is shown in Fig. 11. The error and holds within 25% in the range of the operating param-
between experimental and calculated values does not exceed eters covered in this work and with airwater system:
10% for G values higher than 2%.
0:065(Fr Frc )1:1
kL a = (9)
3.5. Volumetric gasliquid mass transfer coe<cient kL a 1 + 0:132(Fr Frc )1:1

The good agreement between experimental and predicted

The mass transfer performance of the reactor can be char- values of kL a is shown in Fig. 13. Moreover Smith, Vant
acterised by the volumetric gasliquid mass transfer coe%- Riet, and Middleton (1977) proposed the following general
cient kL a which was evaluated by using two di7erent clas- correlation for conventional mechanically agitated reactors
sical techniques: the physical dynamic oxygen absorption operating with coalescing systems
technique and the oxidation of sul:te by the oxygen for
which the system used is known as coalescence inhibiting. A PG
coalescent system (airwater) and a coalescence-inhibiting kL a = 0:01 VG0:4 : (10)
system (airK2 SO4 solution) were used in the case of the
dynamic absorption technique. Reviews on the limitations Even if this kind of correlation is not suited for gas induc-
and advantages of these techniques have been previously ing impellers since it involves the gas induction rate which
proposed (Linek & VaTcek, 1981; Linek, VaTcek, & Benes, is a dependent parameter in this case, we decided to test the
1987; Deckwer, 1992). validity of this correlation for gas inducing impellers. Fig.
The values of the volumetric gasliquid mass transfer 14 shows the good agreement obtained between the experi-
coe%cient kL a obtained by the dynamic oxygen absorption mental results and this correlation.
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1 10



Fr* _ Frc*
0.1 1 10 PG/VL (W/m3)
Fig. 13. Correlation of kL a with Fr . (1) Dynamic tech- 100 1000 10000
nique: water: ; Ho = 0:52 m; ; Ho = 0:62 m; ; Ho = 0:66 m;
; Ho = 0:72 m; ; Ho = 0:82 m; ; Ho = 0:92 m; K2 SO4 soln Fig. 15. Comparison of Linek et al. (1987) correlation with experimen-
(15 kg=m3 ): ; Ho = 0:72 m; (2) sulphide oxidation: 4; Ho = 0:72 m; , tal data obtained in non-coalescing systems by dynamic and chemical
Eq. (9); , Eq. (13). techniques. Ho = 0:72 m , dynamic method (airK2 SO4 ); 4, chemical
technique (sulphide oxidation); , Eq. (14) (Linek et al., 1987).

oxygen absorption technique using a coalescent system
kLa/VG (m-0.4s-0.6) (waterair) are lower than those measured using a
non-coalescent system (K2 SO4 solution) and those deter-
mined from the chemical technique (sulphite oxidation)
which requires the use of a coalescence-inhibiting system.
This is primarily due, as often mentioned in the literature,
to the higher gas holdups and thus the higher interfacial
areas obtained when coalescence-inhibiting systems are
used. The best agreement for both non-coalescing systems
is obtained with the following correlation:
PG / VL(W/m3) 0:35(Fr Frc )1:6
kL a = : (13)
1 + 0:2(Fr Frc )1:6
100 1000 10000 Linek et al. (1987) established the following relation in the
case of coalescence inhibiting systems and conventionally
Fig. 14. Comparison of Smith et al. (1977) correlation for coalescing agitated reactors:
systems with data obtained by dynamic method in airwater system.  0:946
; Ho = 0:52 m; ; Ho = 0:62 m; ; Ho = 0:72 m; ; Ho = 0:82 m; PG
; Ho = 0:92 m; , Eq. (10) (Smith et al., 1977). kL a = 0:00135 VG0:4 : (14)
A good agreement is obtained again here between predicted
This type of correlation has also been proposed by Joshi and experimental values as con:rmed by Fig. 15.
and Sharma (1977) who proposed:
3 PG 4. Conclusion
kL a = 6:8 10 VG0:5 for VG 5 mm=s; (11)
The global characteristics of a hollow shaft gas induc-
3 PG ing turbine based on the principle of centrifugal pumps are
kL a = 3:26 10 VG0:25 for VG 5 mm=s: presented. The evolution of the critical turbine speed has
(12) been correlated in a viscous and a non-viscous system. The
e7ects of the impeller speed and the liquid height on the
The experimental results under study are generally slightly gas induced 8ow rate, the gas hold-up, the power consump-
underestimated by these correlations. tion and the volumetric gasliquid mass transfer coe%cient
Fig. 13 also shows that the volumetric gasliquid have been presented and correlations have been proposed
mass transfer coe%cient values obtained by the dynamic using the modi:ed Froude number which makes possible the
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