Liquid flow and mixing in concentric tube air-lift reactors

José C. Merchuk, Narendra Ladwa, Angus Cameron, Marc Bulmer, Isaac Berzin, Andy M. Pickett

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Liquid velocity and mixing were measured in two concentric tube air-lift reactors (ALR) of 30 and 300 dm3 (nominal volume). The influences of the geometrical design and the reactor scale were studied as a function of gas flow rates. The mixing in the 30 dm3 ALR, which had an enlarged cross-sectional area in the gas separator region, indicates that in this geometrical configuration most of the mixing occurs in this region. It is demonstrated that the location of the injection and measuring points influence the measurement of mixing time in air-lift reactors. Correlations for pressure drop at the bottom, gas hold-up and mass transfer coefficients, which were published in a previous paper, are extended to include the effect of the ratio of downcomer-to-riser cross-sectional areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-182
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1996


  • Air-lift reactors
  • Bottom clearance
  • Gas separator
  • Liquid velocity
  • Mixing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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