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Fluid Dynamics of Packed Columns

Principles of the Fluid Dynamic Design of Columns for Gas/Liquid and Liquid/Liquid Systems


  • Describes the basic principles design of columns equipped with modern lattice packings and structured packed beds, as generally used in industry

  • Is based on more than 10,000 experimental pressure drop data, in excess of 1,200 flooding point data and approx. 1,100 liquid hold-up data for nearly 200 different types of packings

  • Provides support to experts as well as graduate students in their daily work


Part of the VDI-Buch book series (VDI-BUCH)

Also part of the Chemische Technik / Verfahrenstechnik book sub series (CHEMTECH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Principles of the Fluid Dynamic Design of Packed Columns for Gas/Liquid Systems

  3. Principles of the Fluid Dynamic Design of Packed Columns for Liquid/Liquid Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 310-313
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 535-538

About this book


This book provides support to engineers as well as graduate students in their daily design work within the industry or for the development of new plants. It investigates the key issues relating to the fluid dynamic design of packed columns used in rectification, absorption and stripping (desorption) under vacuum, normal pressure and up to 100 bar and liquid-liquid-extraction, which are relevant in waste air and wastewater technology. The author presents a standardised model, which is valid for any type of packing and can be used to calculate the gas velocity at flooding point as well as the liquid hold-up and the pressure drop throughout the entire operating range for random packings, stacked packings elements, tube columns and structured packings with different flow channel angles. The book also contains packing parameter data for approx. 200 random and structured packings. In addition to outlining the fundamental principles of fluid dynamics, it presents numerous examples of practical application.


Absorption dumped packing extraction flooding fluid dynamics hold-up modelling pressure pressure drop stacked packing structured packings tube column

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.ENVIMAC Engineering GmbHOberhausenGermany

About the authors

Dr.-Ing. habil. Jerzy Mackowiak studied at Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland) where he gained his degree (Dipl.-Ing., 1970) and doctorate (Dr.-Ing., 1975) in Chemical Engineering. He subsequently studied Mathematics at Wroclaw University. From 1976 to 1989, he worked at the Institute for Thermal Separation Processes of Bochum University, where his final post was as Academic Director. During this time, he created a database containing fluid dynamics and mass transfer data for the design of packed and tray columns. Since 1989, he has been Managing Director of Envicon Engineering GmbH, now Envimac Engineering GmbH, in Oberhausen, Germany and Envimac Polska Sp. z o.o., Poland. He completed his habilitation at Wroclaw University in 1991. Since 2004 he has been working as an external lecturer at the Institute of Fluid Separation Processes of the Technical University in Dortmund. He is the author/co-author of more than 120 publications and holds 15 patents.

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