(78h) Two-Phase Flows in Tray Downcomers - Backmixing and Chocking Tests
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 24, 2007 - 5:45pm to 6:10pm
Vapor-liquid flows in industrial scale downcomers are tested. Liquid backmixing and circular flow in downcomer are tested with the fluoro-tracer agent and the hot water tracer technique in a 1900mm and a 1200mm diameter simulator,respectively. The downcomer chocking liquid-load is determined in a rectangle simulator, with dimentions of 800mm x 600mm. The results shows severe liquid backmixing in the downcomer, with significant circular flows in the middle of downcomer. Recommendations on tray downcomer designs are also presented in this paper.