Hydrodynamics and mixer-induced bubble formation in micro bubble columns with single and multiple-channels

V. Haverkamp, V. Hessel, H. Lowe, G. Menges, M.J.F. Warnier, Evgeny Rebrov, M.H.J.M. De Croon, J.C. Schouten, M.A. Liauw

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A hydrodynamic characterization of an industrially used gas-liquid contacting microchannel. device is discussed, viz. the micro bubble column of IMM. Furthermore, similar characterization of a gas-liquid flow microchip of TU/e, with two tailored mixer designs, is used to solve fundamental issues on hydrodynamics, and therefore, to achieve further design and operating optimization of that chip and the IMM device. Flow pattern maps are presented in a dimensionless fashion for further predictions on new fluidic systems for optimum single-channel multiphase operation. Bubble formation was investigated in the two types of mixers and pinch-off and hydrodynamic decay mechanisms are observed. The impact of these mechanisms on bubble size, bubble size distributions, and on the corresponding flow patterns, i.e., the type of mixer design, can be decisive for the flow pattern map and thus, may be used to alter flow pattern maps. The bubble sizes and their distribution were improved for the tailored designs, i.e., smaller and more regular bubbles were generated. Finally, the impact of multi-channel distribution for gas and liquid flow is demonstrated. Intermediate flow patterns such as slug-annular flow, also found for single-phase operation, and the simultaneous coexistence of flow regimes are presented, with the latter providing evidence of flow maldistribution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1015-1026
Number of pages12
JournalChemical Engineering & Technology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • General Environmental Science
  • Polymers and Plastics


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