Reactive Bubbly Flows

In chemical- and bioprocess engineering often, a gaseous substance has to be mixed with a continuous liquid phase in order to perform a reaction with high yield and selectivity (e.g. oxidation or hydrogenation). For this purpose, the use of well-mixed bubble flows is preferred, in which the gaseous phase is dispersed in the liquid phase. The timescales of mixing are especially determined by the transport processes in the boundary layer close to the phase boundary and by the bubble swarm-turbulence. Tuning the transport timescales and the timescales of the reactions can lead to a considerable potential for optimization of the yield and selectivity. Thus, transport processes in the boundary layer and close to the interphase in bubble flows with a following reaction are experimentally determined and subsequently modelled from the micro- to the macro-scale. Especially the influence of dynamic interface deformation of the bubbles, due to shape dynamics (wobbling), the momentum exchange at the gas-liquid interface (swarm turbulence) and bubble collisions (bouncing) are considered. To accurately observe and model the local transport processes near the phase boundary and within the wakes, different measurement techniques are applied to detect local three-dimensional flow field as well as three-dimensional concentration fields with high temporal and spatial resolution from the micro- to the macro-scale.


Group leader: Dr.-Ing. Felix Kexel


Research fields

  • Taylor Flows

  • Fine bubbles and ultrafine bubbles

  • Bubble size distributions

  • Pressurized multiphase systems

  • Identification and overcoming of mass transfer limitations

  • High-performance multiphase reactors


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