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CE 405 Falling Film Absorption Show data sheet (pdf file) Print page
Technical Description

  Absorption is used to remove one or more gaseous components from a gas flow using a solvent. Selective absorption is an important industrial process for the treatment of gas mixtures. CE 405 can be used to investigate the basic processes on the water-oxygen-nitrogen system.
  A compressor supplies ambient air from below into the absorption column. Water flows down as a thin film at the edge of the absorption column. The air flows upwards centrally in the column. A portion of the air's oxygen is dissolved in the water film. The air flow exits the column at the top. The water containing the dissolved oxygen leaves the column at the bottom and flows into a tank. A pump supplies the water with the dissolved oxygen to the head of the desorption column. The desorption column is a simple tube in which the water flows downwards. Nitrogen from a compressed gas cylinder enters at the base of the column. The nitrogen rises to the top in the form of dispersed bubbles in the water. The partial pressure of the oxygen in water is higher than the partial pressure in the gas phase (nitrogen). For this reason, a portion of the oxygen passes over from the water into the gas phase. This process leads to the water's absorbing capacity for oxygen increasing. A pump supplies the solvent regenerated in this way into a channel circulating the upper part of the absorption column. From here the water again flows along the inner wall of the absorption column as a thin falling film and absorbs a portion of the air's oxygen.
  The oxygen concentration and temperature are continuously measured both upstream and downstream of the absorption column. Valves and flow meters make it possible to adjust the air flow rate and solvent flow rate. Transparent materials allow optimal observation of the processes in both columns.
  The well-structured instructional material sets out the fundamentals and provides a step-by-step guide through the experiments.


Learning Objectives / Experiments

- investigation of the absorption process during the

  separation of oxygen from an air flow in a falling

  film column
- balance of the process
- determination of the mass transfer coefficient


* Separation of oxygen from an air flow by absorption

  in a falling film column1
* Continuous regeneration of the solvent1
* Safe operation due to use of water as the solvent

  and non-hazardous gases1
* Regeneration of the solvent with nitrogen1
* Transparent materials for optimal observation of

  the processes

[1] separation of oxygen from an air flow by absorption in counterflow with a water film
[2] falling film column for the absorption of oxygen from the ambient air in the solvent (water)
[3] 1 compressor for supplying ambient air into the falling film column
[4] continuous regeneration of the solvent with nitrogen in a desorption column
[5] 1 pump for desorption column and 1 pump for recirculating the solvent to the absorption column
[6] 2 hand-held measuring units for measuring the oxygen concentration upstream and downstream of the absorption column
Technical Data

Absorption column
- height: 890mm
- inner diameter: 32mm
- material: glass
Desorption column
- height: 1.650mm
- inner diameter: 24mm
- material: PMMA
2 Pumps
- max. flow rate: 58L/min each
- max. head: 3,7m each
1 Compressor
- max. positive pressure: 2bar
- max. flow rate: 23L/min
1 Tank
- volume: approx. 50L
- material: plastic


Measuring ranges:
- water flow rate: 40...360mL/min
- air flow rate: 20...360NL/h
- temperature: 2x 0...50C
- oxygen concentration: 2x 0...70mg/L


Dimensions and Weight
LxWxH: 1.050x700x2.140mm
Weight: approx. 135kg
Required for Operation
230V, 50Hz, 1 phase
Nitrogen gas cylinder with pressure reducing valve
Scope of Delivery

1 trainer

2 hand-held measuring units for measuring


1 calibration set for oxygen sensor

1 set of hoses

1 set of instructional material

Order Details
083.40500  CE 405  Falling Film Absorption
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