Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1985, 50, 2863-2872

Aeration of liquids in a vessel equipped with multistage impellers

Václav Machoň and Jiří Vlček

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


The paper deals with the influence of the number of impellers and the mode of aeration on the mechanical power input in a stirred gas-liquid dispersion using two impellers on the same shaft. Gas has been supplied either under the lower impeller or under both impellers. The power input was measured in the water-air system. A six-blade turbine impeller of the Rushton type and/or impellers with six inclined blades (with downward or upward pumping effect) were used. Experimental results have been obtained for a single impeller in a tank where the depth of liquid was equal to the tank diameter, and for different combinations of two impellers located on a single shaft where the distance between the impellers was equal to the tank diameter and the liquid depth was twice this diameter. It has been found that the power input data for the two-impeller system of two turbines can be correlated adequately by a simple equation. An estimate was made of the amount of gas supplied below the lower impeller which was transported into the region of the upper impeller.