International Sugar Journal

On the design and simulation of an airlift loop bioreactor with microbubble generation by fluidic oscillation † [Full subscriber]

Microbubble generation by a novel fluidic oscillator driven approach is analyzed, with a view to identifying the key design elements and their differences from standard approaches to airlift loop bioreactor design. The microbubble generation mechanism has been shown to achieve high mass transfer rates by the decrease of the bubble diameter, by hydrodynamic stabilization that avoids coalescence increasing the bubble diameter, and by longer residence times offsetting slower convection. The fluidic oscillator approach also decreases the friction losses in pipe networks and in nozzles / diffusers due to boundary layer disruption, so there is actually an energetic consumption savings in…

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