Artículos de revistas
Mass-transfer characterization in a parallel-plate electrochemical reactor with convergent flow
Colli, Alejandro Nicolás; Bisang, Jose Maria; Mass-transfer characterization in a parallel-plate electrochemical reactor with convergent flow; Elsevier; Electrochimica Acta; 113; 12-2013; 575-582
Colli, Alejandro Nicolás
Bisang, Jose Maria
A continuous reduction in the cross-section area is analysed as a means of improving mass-transfer in a parallel-plate electrochemical reactor. Experimental local mass-transfer coefficients along the electrode length are reported for different values of the convergent ratio and Reynolds numbers, using the reduction of ferricyanide as a test reaction. The Reynolds numbers evaluated at the reactor inlet range from 85 to 4600 with interelectrode gaps of 2 and 4 mm. The convergent flow improves the mean mass-transfer coefficient by 10-60% and mass-transfer distribution under laminar flow conditions becomes more uniform. The experimental data under laminar flow conditions is compared with theoretical calculations obtained by a computational fluid dynamics software and also with an analytical simplified model. A suitable agreement is observed between both theoretical treatments and with the experimental results. The pressure drop across the reactor is reported and compared with theoretical predictions.