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Evolution of bubble size distribution, number density, and shape in semi-batch vertical gas-liquid Taylor vortex
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  • Mahdi Ramezani,
  • Arya Haghighat,
  • Meesha Legg,
  • Dennis Vigil,
  • Michael Olsen
Mahdi Ramezani
Iowa State University
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Arya Haghighat
Iowa State University
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Meesha Legg
Iowa State University
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Dennis Vigil
Iowa State University
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Michael Olsen
Iowa State University
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Abstract

Bubble size distribution and bubble ellipticity were measured as a function of axial position in a vertically oriented semi-batch gas-liquid Taylor vortex reactor with varying gas flow rate and inner cylinder rotation speed producing axial Reynolds numbers in the range 23.8-119 and azimuthal Reynolds numbers up to 4.2×104. The mean bubble size increases monotonically with axial distance from the bottom of the reactor at the location of gas injection. The functional form of the growth of the mean bubble size with axial position depends upon the azimuthal Reynolds number. Specifically, when the azimuthal Reynolds number is less than 1.3×104, the mean bubble size increases linearly with axial distance from the bubble injection point. In contrast, for azimuthal Reynolds numbers greater than this critical value, the mean bubble size increases with axial distance in a sigmoidal manner.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

21 Jan 2020Submitted to AIChE Journal
24 Jan 2020Submission Checks Completed
24 Jan 2020Assigned to Editor
30 Jan 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
13 Mar 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Major
01 Jul 20201st Revision Received
01 Jul 2020Submission Checks Completed
01 Jul 2020Assigned to Editor
01 Jul 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
22 Jul 2020Editorial Decision: Accept