Mass transfer in nitric acid absorption



The mechanism and rate limitations in aqueous nitrogen oxides absorption are reviewed and data available on chemical kinetics for performance predictions are discussed. Application of a rate relationship to characterize interphase mass transfer for the primary reactant N2O4 is shown, with mass transfer coefficients derived from plant-scale data. Correlations for these coefficients as functions of acid strength and temperature for both bubble cap and sieve plate designs are presented.