Packed Bed Columns, 1st Edition

For Absorption, Desorption, Rectification and Direct Heat Transfer

Packed Bed Columns, 1st Edition,Nikolai Kolev,ISBN9780444528292


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Key Features

  • Considers the theories of mass transfer processes and shows how they help the construction of highly effective packings
  • Complete information about the performance characteristics of different modern types of highly effective packings
  • Considers the models for calculation and areas of their application


Packed bed columns are largely employed for absorption, desorption, rectification and direct heat transfer processes in chemical and food industry, environmental protection and also processes in thermal power stations like water purification, flue gas heat utilization and SO2 removal.

These Separation processes, are estimated to account for 40%-70% of capital and operating costs in process industry. Packed bed columns are widely employed in this area. Their usage also for direct heat transfer between gas and liquid, enlarge their importance. They are the best apparatuses, from thermodynamical point of view, for mass and heat transfer processes between gas and liquid phase.

Their wide spreading is due to low capital investments and operating costs. Since 1995 there has not been published a specialised book in this area, and this is a period of quick development of packed columns. Packed Bed Columns reflects the state of this field including the author's experience on creating and investigating of new packings, column internals and industrial columns.


For chemical engineers, heat engineers and scientists working in these industries and on development of new technologies

Nikolai Kolev

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Chemical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria

Packed Bed Columns, 1st Edition

Chapter 1. Basic Information

Chapter 2. Investigation of the Main Performance Characteristics of Packed Bed Columns

Chapter 3. Industrial Packings

Chapter 4. Marangoni Effect and its Influence on the Mass Transfer in Packings

Chapter 5. Mass Transfer in Packed Bed Columns Accompanied by Chemical Reaction

Chapter 6. Fouling on Packings

Chapter 7. Column Internals

Chapter 8. Distribution of the Liquid and Gas Phase over the Cross-Section of a Packed Bed Column

Chapter 9. Examples
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