Based on proper assumptions, an approximate but sufficiently accurate formula for evaluating HETP (the height equivalent to a theoretical plate) involving liquid axial backmixing effect is presented. A new dimensionless number, designated as backmixing characteristic number, is introduced. The effective effect of liquid backmixing on separation efficiency of a distillation column is pronounced with increasing the axial liquid backmixing coefficient and with decreasing the overall HTU (height of a transfer unit) for vapor phase and the liquid effective velocity. The incremental factor of HETP is determined only by backmixing characteristic number and vapor-liquid equilibrium constant. The computing formula and graph for the incremental factor of HETP are given.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Huaxue Gongcheng/Chemical Engineering|
|State||Published - Jun 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Chemical Engineering(all)