CHE 610, Dept. of Chemical & Material Engineering, University of Alberta

GEMPAK and MELLPAK) were calculated from experimental data and compared to mass transfer coefficient calculated from the COMSOL mode The COMSOL model gave an error of 7%. like power 2 plants. Assumptions of isothermal. the momentum balance was solvedusing the COMSOL FLOW interface.The study attempts to provide an alternative to determine the mass transfer coefficient data to design packed columns using COMSOL Multiphysics © rather than running expensive experiments as is currently done.Monoethanolamine (MEA)) in an absorption column. isobaric and liquid creeping flow were made. Mass transfer coefficient was calculated from the concentration profile in an absorber column using the following equation: Where are the gas mole fractions at the boundaries the inert gas flow rate and the . The mass transfer coefficient using three different types of structured packing (SULZER.g. Boundary conditions were formulated from literature for experimental operating conditions. The ideal two-phase counter current flow in a porous medium COMSOL model was simplified to a 2-D axisymmetric model that is governed by convection. promise to play an important role in the fight against global warming.PROJECT ABSTRACT Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. The CO in off-gases from carbon producing sources. improve the To estimations. then the concentration gradient was developed by coupling the FLUID FLOW and TRANSPORT OF DILUTED SPECIES in COMSOL. is captured using amine (e. Also more effort should be put into finding better correlations for the parameters used. respectively. capturing carbon (CO) from anthropogenic 2 sources and storing it in natural formation like oil wells. This is achieved by counter-currently contacting the CO2 containing gas stream with the amine in the absorption column. 20% and 38% for the SULZER. water and air were used as to have similar properties. This study focuses on the mass transfer of CO from an off-gas stream into 2 the amine in an absorption column filled with structured packing. Firstly. Due to the difficulty of getting monoethanol amine and the offgas streams as materials in COMSOL. height of the domain being examined. . The domain modeled is based on the two -film theory and represents a differential element of the structured packing (Pictured). l. it is advised to better incorporate the geometry of the packing and also include a temperature analysis as the system is not uniform throughout the column as is implicitly assumed in the model. diffusion and chemical reactions. GEMPAK and MELLPAK packings respectively.

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