Oxygen Mass Transfer in Bubble Column Bioreactor
In the present study volumetric oxygen mass transfer coefficient kLa has been determined for biodegradation of phenol in a bubble column bioreactor. Experimental studies have been carried out at different i) feed concentrations of phenol, ii) air flow rates and iii) feed flow rates. Dynamic method has been used to determine the oxygen mass transfer coefficient. The mass transfer coefficient for oxygen obtained is in the range of 0.00513 – 0.01793 s-1. kLa was found to increase with increase in air flow rates and decrease with increase in feed concentration of phenol. The values obtained in this work are compared with the values available in literature. A mathematical correlation is derived for kLa in terms of dimensionless numbers.
Keywords:Biodegradation; bioreactor; bubble column; mass transfer; oxygen; phenol
How to Cite
Kumar, R. N., Vinod, A. V. “Oxygen Mass Transfer in Bubble Column Bioreactor”, Periodica Polytechnica Chemical Engineering, 58(1), pp. 21–30, 2014. https://doi.org/10.3311/PPch.7122