Development of a novel vertical-sheet structured packing

X. Wen, A. Afacan, Kumar Nandakumar*, K. T. Chuang

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A novel vertical-sheet structured packing has been developed with the objectives of achieving low pressure drop, high capacity and comparable mass transfer efficiency as compared with existing structured packings. A geometrical model and a geometry-based liquid flow model that we developed for randomly packed beds have been extended and validated for structured packings. Based on the models, a computer-assisted approach has been used for the optimal design of the packing. Pressure drop, liquid flow distribution, capacity, and mass transfer efficiency of the packing developed have been tested in a 0.3 m ID air-water column and a distillation column of the same diameter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-526
Number of pages12
JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
Issue number5 A
StatePublished - May 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer simulation
  • Distillation
  • Liquid distribution
  • Mass transfer
  • Pressure drop
  • Structured packing


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