Although large (≥5 cm) polypropylene packings are frequently used in air stripping towers for environmental applications, few fundamental studies of the mass transfer on these large packing designs have been performed. For small packings, previous research has verified that the Onda correlations are valid for environmental applications. In this research, experimental data for air stripping were obtained using a pilot-scale stripping tower, three test compounds, and four polypropylene packings. Results showed that, in general, Onda is a good predictor of mass transfer for large random packings. However, Onda tended to underpredict mass transfer, with 90% of the data falling between a 16.5% overprediction and a 34.0% underprediction of the observed mass transfer. The underpredictions tended to occur at high gas flow rates and when the gas-film resistance predicted by Onda is large. Further analysis revealed that the functionality of the volumetric gas loading rate is incorrect in the Onda correlations.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Chemistry