Liquid Maldistribution in Packed Column

This project is to continue to expand our range of knowledge into measuring the distribution of liquid inside packed column absorbers. Absorption columns are used for onshore and offshore oil and gas operations to remove acid gases from gas sources or for removing oxygen from seawater. The contact between gas and liquid inside these columns to a large extent dictates the performance of these columns to meet product specifications. This project looks to measure the distribution of liquid inside packed columns through either measuring the flowrate from the base of the column or by using CFD and other modeling tools. Results from this work will be used to support our existing experimental studies at 0.6 and 1m diameter scales and to scale.

Your project may involve development new ways to measure the liquid flowrate through packed columns, or to use existing systems to collect statistically validated data sets using suitable DOE methodology, or developing CFD/mechanistic models to predict the liquid flow and hold up inside packed columns.

Heriot-Watt has some unique large scale equipment for this project.

Supervisor name: 
Graeme White

Project Type:

Project location: 
John Coulson
Restrictions: 
The equipment is large pilot scale unit that requires co-operation within a team of people.