Effective mass-transfer area plays a key role for post-combustion carbon capture. The static area, an inactive part relative to mass transfer, needs to be differentiated in the interfacial area. In the present study, CFD method is employed to investigate static and dynamic interfacial areas in Mellapak 500.Y structured packing. A wide range of physical properties and loading conditions are included to understand their effects on both areas. The result shows that the relationship between interfacial area and interfacial velocity at the local scale can be described by gamma distribution with good accuracy. The influences of various physical properties derived from simulation are compared with existing experiment-based correlations for both static and interfacial areas. The result shows the dominant influence of viscosity on the static area, and the most importance of the influence of contact angle on the interfacial area. This study also highlights the importance of viscosity, which is usually ignored.
Published: October 6, 2022
Zeng C., Y. Fu, R.K. Singh, J. Bao, and Z. Xu. 2022.Differentiation of static and dynamic interfacial area in the structured packed column.Chemical Engineering Science 260.PNNL-SA-165106.doi:10.1016/j.ces.2022.117877