Approximate simulation of CO2 and H2s absorption into aqueous alkanolamines

Authors

  • David A. Glasscock,

    1. Dept. of Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712
    Current affiliation:
    1. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., Chambers Works, Deepwater, NJ
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  • Gary T. Rochelle

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    1. Dept. of Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712
    • Dept. of Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712
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Abstract

Rigorous and approximate methods are compared for the simulation of CO2 absorption into aqueous alkanolamine mixtures of methyldiethanolamine and diethanolamine. In addition, data for the mixtures containing monoethanolamine and the simultaneous absorption of CO2 and H2S are presented. For the rigorous approach, the simplified eddy diffusivity theory is used to simulate the liquid-phase hydrodynamic characteristics. The approximation methods examined are the pseudo-first-order approximation, the interpolation approximation of Wellek et al. (1978), the algebraic combined flux (ACFLUX) approximation and the modified combined flux (MCFLUX) approximation. The latter approximation utilizes the reaction zone concept to determine the kinetic preference of the absorbing gas at the gas-liquid interface. Under the range of conditions studied, the MCFLUX approximation predicts very accurately the CO2 and H2S flux rates in mixed amine systems, as compared with the rigorous solution of the differential equations.

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