Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1983, 48, 2576-2592

Calculation of the rate of amalgam decomposition in a horizontal decomposer

Václav Cezner, Petr Novák, Ivo Roušar and Vladimír Mejta

Department of Inorganic Technology, Prague Institute of Chemical Technology, 166 28 Prague 6


The decomposition rate of the sodium or potassium amalgam in a horizontal decomposer was calculated with regard to three different forms of the amalgam surface, namely a horizontal plane, a half-spherical, and a half-ellipsoidal form. A comparison of the three models showed that the dependence of the amalgam decomposition rate on the driving force of the decomposition is in all cases analogous. In the region of low decomposition rates, all three models lead to practically the same decomposition rates.