Mechanisms of secondary dispersions separation in particulate beds

  • Meshal A.F. Al-Meshan

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


The mechanisms by which drops of secondary liquid dispersion ie. <100μm, are collected, coalesced and transferred have been studied in particulate beds of different sizes and heights of glass ballotini. The apparatus facilitated different coalescer cell arrangements. The liquid-liquid system was toluene/de-ionised water. The inlet drop size distribution was measured by microscopy and using the Malvern Particle Size analyser; the outlet dispersion was sized by photography.
The effect of packed height and packing size upon critical velocity, pressure drop and coalescence efficiency have been investigated. Single and two phase flow pressure drops across the packing were correlated by modified Blake-Kozeny equations. Two phase pressure drop was correlated by two equations, one for large ballotini sizes (267μm - 367μm), the other for small ballotini sizes (93μm- 147.5μm). The packings were efficient coalescers up to critical velocities of 3 x 10-2 m/s to 5 x 10-2 m/s.
The saturation was measured across the bed using relative permeability and a mathematical model developed which related this profile to measured pressure drops. Filter coefficients for the range of packing studied were found to be accurately predicted from a modified queueing drop model. 
Date of AwardMay 1985
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorG.V. Jeffreys (Supervisor) & C.J. Mumford (Supervisor)


  • secondary dispersions
  • saturation profile
  • particulate bed
  • pressure drop
  • coalescence

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