A study of bubble velocity and bubble residence time in a gassed oscillatory baffled column: Effect of oscillatory frequency

Monica Oliveira, A.W. Fitch, X. Ni

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In this paper, we report an experimental evaluation of velocity and residence time of single bubbles of different sizes in a gassed oscillatory baf�fled column (OBC) using a high-speed imaging technique. This work is particularly concentrated on the effect of oscillation frequency. The results show that the axial bubble velocities span several orders of magnitude with respect to the mean at an oscillatory frequency greater than 2 Hz. The ratio of the axial to
radial bubble velocity components approaches unity at elevated oscillation frequencies. Combining the high-speed imaging with the high-resolution digital particle image velocimetry, we are able to examine the in�fluence of the � fluid� flow on the bubble motion within the OBC. We also report the direct measurement of residence time of the bubbles within a baf�fled cell.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-242
JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003



  • oscillatory baffled column
  • bubble velocity
  • bubble residence time
  • high speed imaging
  • digital particle image velocimetry

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