Experimental analysis of bubble mode in a plate-type absorber

Ki Bong Lee, Byung Hee Chun, Jae Cheol Lee, Chan Ho Lee, Sung Hyun Kim

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An experimental analysis of ammonia-water absorption was performed in a plate-type absorber. The flow of water and ammonia gas was performed in the bubble mode. The experiments were made to examine the effects of solution flow rate and gas flow rate on the performance of the absorber. It was found that the increase of solution flow rate rarely affected the mass transfer, but improved the heat transfer. As the gas flow rate increased, slugging occured in the bubble mode and influenced the thermal boundary layer. Finally, the results were converted into dimensionless numbers to elucidate physical phenomena and plotted as Sherwood number versus Reynolds number for mass transfer performance and Nusselt number versus Reynolds number for heat transfer performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1923-1929
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jun 4

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by research grants from the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) through the Applied Rheology Center (ARC), an official ERC, at Korea University, Seoul, Korea.


  • Absorption
  • Ammonia-water
  • Bubble mode
  • Heat transfer
  • Mass transfer
  • Transport processes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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