408. One-Dimensional Modeling of Mass Transfer Processes in an Annular Centrifugal Contactor

Peter M. Ritzler, Clemens K. Weiss and Bernhard C. Seyfang, chemengineering (2023), DOI: 10.3390/chemengineering7040059 (open access)

Due to the importance of process intensification, modeling of Annular Centrifugal Contactors (ACCs) is becoming of increasing interest. By the current state of scientific knowledge, universal modeling without high computing power of these complex apparatuses is not possible to a satisfactory degree. In this article, a one-dimensional model to describe the mass transfer during a physical extraction process in an ACC is presented. The model is based on solely geometrical data and operating conditions of the ACC, as well as physical properties of the components. Regarding the selection of physical properties, only physical properties that are easily accessible were used. With this model, mass transfer calculations are possible and therefore, the output concentrations can be predicted. Simulations of an ACC based on the model were done by creating and running a python code. Validation of the model was conducted by varying and comparing operating conditions in both the simulation and the experiments. Validation was completed successfully for a representative system of components and showed good agreement over a range of rotational frequencies and temperatures.