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Effect of liquid-phase surface tension on hydrodynamics of a three-phase airlift reactor with an enlarged degassing zone

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The effect of the addition of ethanol (10 g/l) to the liquid-phase on gas and solids holdup, circulation and mixing times and interstitial liquid velocity in a three-phase airlift reactor was investigated. The airlift reactor (60 l) is of the concentric draught-tube type with an enlarged degassing zone. Ca-alginate beads were used as solid-phase and airflow rate (from 1.9 to 90.2 l/min) and solids loading (0–30% (v/v)) were manipulated. Riser and downcomer gas holdup were found to increase with the addition of ethanol, leading to a decrease on the relative solids holdup. The presence of ethanol seems to have no influence on the circulation time. On the other hand, mixing time variation depends on the solids loading and airflow rate. Riser and downcomer interstitial liquid velocity are lower for ethanol solution than for water.

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Received: 5 January 1998

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Freitas, C., Teixeira, J. Effect of liquid-phase surface tension on hydrodynamics of a three-phase airlift reactor with an enlarged degassing zone. Bioprocess Engineering 19, 451–457 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1007/s004490050547

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Keywords

  • Surface Tension
  • Time Variation
  • Ethanol Solution
  • Riser
  • Airflow Rate