packed tower


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packed tower

[′pakt ′tau̇·ər]
(chemical engineering)
A fractionating or absorber tower filled with small objects (packing) to bring about intimate contact between rising fluid (vapor or liquid) and falling liquid.
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Caption: Figure 2 Process of heat and mass transfer in a countercurrent packed tower (Luo et al.
While cold water falls downward through the packed tower, hot air from a forced-draft, gas-fueled burner rises upward - transferring 99% of the air heat to the water.
Hydrogen sulfide gas formed during the process is collected and vented through drums of specially-coated carbon; a packed tower scrubber, which is more efficient, may replace the carbon if air emission standards are more stringent.
Assuming a knowledge of proper plant operations, the volume focuses on identifying and correcting a variety of problems including distillation tray malfunctions, packed towers, heat extraction and pump-around techniques, steam condensate collection systems, vapor liquid separation vessels, vacuum systems and steam jets, turbine drivers and centrifugal compressors.
Sharp's design included two packed towers and a venturi scrubber.
Although random packed towers facilitate more mass transfer by providing a larger area in a relatively smaller volume.
Founded in 1969, Curtis Kelly has proven a reliable fabricator of a wide range of products including reactors, packed towers, trayed towers, blend tanks, storage tanks and vessels, separators, cryogenic equipment, demethanizers, and jacketed equipment.