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Liquid/Solid Mass Transfer in Fixed Beds



The liquid/solid mass transfer behavior of a fixed bed of cylinders was studied using the diffusion-controlled dissolution of copper in acidified potassium dichromate. Variables studied were solution velocity and cylinder diameter. For a steady flow, the data were correlated for the conditions 25 < Re < 600 and Sc = 990 by the equation Sh = 2.65 Sc0.33 Re0.5. A comparison between the present data and previously obtained data for a fixed bed of Raschig rings has revealed that cylinder packing produces higher rates of mass transfer than Raschig rings.

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