Wetted Packed Towers are the simplest and most commonly used approaches to gas scrubbing.
The principle of this type of scrubber is to remove contaminants from the gas stream by passing the stream through a packed structure which provides a large wetted surface area to induce intimate contact between the gas and the scrubbing liquor.
The contaminant is absorbed into or reacted with the scrubbing liquor.
The packing of the tower is normally a proprietary loose fill random packing designed to:
- Encourage dispersion of the liquid flow without tracking
- Provide maximum contact area for the ‘mass transfer’ interaction
- Offer minimal back pressure to the gas flow
The reactivity between the contaminant and the scrubbing liquor influences the system designer’s determination of gas and liquor flow and the height and diameter of the packed bed.
A demister is fitted at the top of the tower to prevent entrainment of droplets of the scrubbing liquor into the extraction system or stack.
High Efficiencies, Low Running Costs
Wetted packed towers can be designed for very high efficiencies with relatively low capital and running costs. The low pressure drop associated with packed bed scrubbers permits the use of smaller more economical fans. Although efficiency may be affected, a packed tower will usually function when gas or liquor flows vary from its original design parameters.
Fluidised Bed Scrubber
In a fluidised bed scrubber the typical single bed of a packed tower structure is replaced by two or more shallow beds, and the high […read more]
- Contains two or more shallow beds
Compact unit size with narrow diameter
Minimal aggregation of particulates
Not usually suitable for odour control
Venturi scrubbing is a most effective technique for the removal of particulates from a gas stream, even down to sub-micron size. Scrubbing liquor and gas […read more]
- Brings together scrubbing liquor and gas stream within venturi throat
Cost effective and efficient scrubbing technique
Often used in combination unit