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Keywords:

  • spinning disc reactor;
  • rotor-stator;
  • mass transfer;
  • multi-phase flow;
  • reactor analysis

Abstract

The scale up of a rotor-stator spinning disc reactor by stacking single stage rotor-stator units in series is demonstrated. The gas-liquid mass transfer per stage is equal to the mass transfer in a single stage spinning disc reactor. The pressure drop per stage increases with increasing rotational disc speed and liquid flow rate. The pressure drop is more than a factor 2 higher for gas-liquid flow than for liquid flow only, and is up to 0.64 bar at 459 rad s−1. The high mass and heat transfer coefficients in the (multistage) rotor-stator spinning disc reactor make it especially suitable for reactions with dangerous reactants, highly exothermic reactions and reactions where selectivity issues can be solved by high mass transfer rates. Additionally, the multistage rotor-stator spinning disc reactor mimics plug flow behavior, which is beneficial for most processes. © 2011 American Institute of Chemical Engineers AIChE J, 2012