Radioactive Gas Tracer Measurements Conducted during Liquid-Phase Methanol Synthesis from Syngas in a Pilot-Scale Slurry Bubble Column at the Alternate Fuels Development Unit (AFDU), La Porte Have Been Compared with Simulations from Two Mechanistic Reactor Models - Single-Bubble Class Model (SBCM) and Two-Bubble Class Model (TBCM). the Model Parameters Are Estimated from an Independent Sub-Model Gas and Liquid Recirculation, and the Long-Time-Averaged Slip Velocity between the Gas and Liquid/slurry in the Column Center Can Be as High as 50-60 Cm/s Depending on the Operating Conditions. Comparison of Experimental Data with Simulation Results from the Two Models Indicates that Accurate Description of Interphase Gas-Liquid Mass Transfer is Crucial to the Reliable Prediction of Tracer Responses. Coupled with a Correct Description of Gas and Liquid Recirculation, the Models Presented Here Provides a Simple and Fundamentally based Methodology for Design and Scale-Up of Bubble Column Reactors. © 2001 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.
P. Gupta et al., "Comparison of Single- and Two-Bubble Class Gas-Liquid Recirculation Models - Application to Pilot-Plant Radioactive Tracer Studies during Methanol Synthesis," Chemical Engineering Science, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 1117 - 1125, Elsevier, Feb 2001.
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Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
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Gas-liquid recirculation; Mechanistic reactor modeling; Radioactive tracer studies; Slurry bubble column
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01 Feb 2001