Effects of surfactants on mass transfer inside drops



A model is presented to account for reduced mass transfer to drops falling through a continuous phase which contains a surface active agent. The fluid flow patterns are essentially laminar. The reduction in mass transfer is said to be due to a reduction in available interfacial transfer area and to changes in both velocity and pattern of internal circulation. These are shown to be functions of contact time and can be characterized. Experimental values agreed with the theoretically predicted ones with a deviation of less than 10%.