Oxygen transfer in viscous non-Newtonian liquids having yield stress in bubble columns

Koichi Terasaka, Hiroki Shibata

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The oxygen transfer and hydrodynamics in viscous media having a yield stress in bubble columns operated under the slug flow regime were investigated to design an optimum bubble column fermentor for culture media having a yield stress. The gas holdup of escapable bubbles was well estimated by the equation of Nicklin et al. (Trans. Inst. Chem. Eng. 40 (1962) 61), which was modified for the viscous liquid having a yield stress by Terasaka and Tsuge (Chem. Eng. Sci. 58 (2003) 513). The volumetric oxygen transfer coefficient kLa increased with increasing superficial gas velocity and decreasing column diameter under the present conditions. To predict kLa in the non-Newtonian liquids having a yield stress under the operation in slug flow regime, the proposed correlation equation estimated relatively well the experimental kLa. To increase oxygen transfer rate, two types of novel bubble columns were compared with the standard bubble column. The partitioned bubble column presented the better performance than those of the other ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5331-5337
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Issue number23-24
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec


  • Aeration
  • Bubble
  • Mass transfer
  • Multiphase reactors
  • Non-Newtonian fluids
  • Yield stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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