In this research, computational fluid dynamics was applied to model a laboratory reactor for the degumming of crude palm oil (CPO) involving immiscible liquid-liquid mixing and being controlled by mass transfer. The fluid mixing of CPO and phosphoric acid in the reactor was simulated using multiphase mixture model and standard κ-ϵ turbulence model in steady state mode. The simulation predicts the distributions of the drop diameter, the dispersed-phase relative velocity, the drop Reynolds number and the interfacial area density. The mass transfer coefficient from experimental work is correlated using the model as Sherwood number Shd = 0.02576 Red 0.673Sc0.431 with R2 being 0.91. Finally, the volumetric mass transfer coefficient was calculated and compared to the experiment result.
|Journal||MATEC Web of Conferences|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Mar 2018|
|Event||24th Regional Symposium on Chemical Engineering, RSCE 2017 - Semarang, Indonesia|
Duration: 15 Nov 2017 → 16 Nov 2017