International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering
Ed. by de Lasa, Hugo / Xu, Charles Chunbao
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Effects of Liquid and Gas Flow Rates on the Performance of a Fluidized Bed Photocatalytic Reactor
Titanium dioxide was immobilized onto spherical activated carbon particles via the sol-gel coating method. The photo-catalyst, annealed at 500 °C, was found to posses the highest activity according to the results of a bench-scale test. The photocatalytic performance of the immobilized photocatalyst was studied in a three-phase fluidized bed photoreactor, with the use of phenol as the model pollutant. Effects of both liquid and air flow rates on the phenol degradation rate were examined. The experimental results showed that the increase of liquid and air flow rates may enhance the phenol degradation rate. However, very high liquid and air flow rates could lead to the decrease in the performance of the three-phase fluidized bed photoreactor. The results on the effect of initial phenol concentration on the degradation rate indicated that the photocatalytic reaction in the three-phase fluidized bed followed the first order kinetics and could be reasonably fitted by the Langmiur-Hinshelwood kinetics model. Compared to the three-phase fluidized bed in which air is introduced into the bed from the distributor, the liquid-solids fluidized bed in which oxygen is provided by injecting air into the freeboard region of the reactor showed a better phenol destruction performance and is thus preferred for photodegradation of water contaminants.
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