Chemical Engineering Research & Design, Vol.148, 349-360, 2019
An experimental study on single drop rising in a low interfacial tension liquid-liquid system
Terminal velocity of liquid drops is one of the key parameters in liquid-liquid extraction column design. It is important in determining residence time, droplet lifetime, and mass transfer rate. In present paper, the rising behavior of a single drops were investigated in a low interfacial tension system by high speed camera. An n-butanol/water system was used as test system. Correlations for terminal velocity were evaluated and compared, both explicitly and implicitly. Moreover, the influence of salt addition in aqueous phase was also studied, including salt concentrations and types. A Weber-Reynolds correlation was derived on the basis of experimental data. Drag coefficient was then calculated and showed a good agreement compared to the correlations in literatures. (C) 2019 Institution of Chemical Engineers. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.