Chapter 16. Foaming

  1. Henry Z. Kister

Published Online: 25 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780471690726.ch16

Distillation Troubleshooting

Distillation Troubleshooting

How to Cite

Kister, H. Z. (2006) Foaming, in Distillation Troubleshooting, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780471690726.ch16

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 APR 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471467441

Online ISBN: 9780471690726



  • foaming;
  • ethanolamine absorbers;
  • hot potassium carbonate;
  • Benfield process;
  • amine absorber


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Conclusive Test for Foaming

  • Poor Operation of Amine Absorber

  • Too Much Antifoam is Worse than Too Little

  • Static Mixer Helps Antifoam Injection

  • Gamma Scans Diagnose Foaming

  • Low Downcomer Velocities are Critical for Foaming Systems

  • Enlarged Downcomer Clearances Mitigate Foaming

  • Hardware Changes Debottleneck Foaming