Canadian journal of chemical engineering vol:75 issue:6 pages:1046-1055
The breakage process of single drops in RDC liquid-liquid extraction columns has been investigated. The breakage probability and daughter drop size distribution were the measured characteristics. Binary systems, non-equilibrated ternary systems with mass transfer in both directions (c -->, d and d -->, c) and systems with surface active agent added were used in the experiments. A model of the breakage probability was developed based on a modified Weber number, taking into account the applied shearing stress and the resisting interfacial tension farce. It is shown that breakage probability can be estimated if interfacial tension is known as a function of interfacial conditions.