Chemical Engineering Communications (Chem Eng Comm )


Chemical Engineering Communications provides a forum for the rapid publication of papers in all areas of chemical engineering. Full length papers, reviews and short communications are welcome, on subjects such as experimentation (both techniques and data), new theoretical models, commentaries on and discussion of previously published work and letters to the editor. Since the emphasis is on original work in progress, the editors also encourage submission of accounts of tentative results, provided they are well documented. Every effort will be made to ensure rapid publication. Papers which are accepted will be evaluated by the editors and referees on the basis of quality and originality of the work as well as the style and presentation of the paper.

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    ABSTRACT: An empirical model was developed using the experimental results, to predict the removal of nickel ions under the effect of an external electric field applied to an ultrafiltration membrane, electroultrafiltration process (EUF). Two commercial membranes from Millipore PLCC5 (regenerated cellulose, 5kDa) and PBCC5 (polyethersulfone, 5kDa) were selected to conduct the experiments. The rejection of nickel ions increases with an increment of the applied voltage. The maximum rejection of the metal was found to be 60% obtained with the PBCC5 membrane and applying a potential difference of 3.5 and 4.5 volts. The results have shown that the application of an external electric field increases the removal capacity of UF membranes and enhances EUF system efficiency. The experimental data for removal of nickel ions in the system were analyzed using the Takagi-Sugeno-Kang (TKS) fuzzy model. The goodness of fit for the TKS fuzzy model used was at least 98%.
    Chemical Engineering Communications 03/2015;
  • Chemical Engineering Communications 07/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Pressure distribution, caused by ultrasonic wave propagation, has the crucial effect on efficiency of sonoreactor for crude oil upgrading. In this study, acoustic pressure distribution was computed by numerical solution of acoustic wave propagation equation in crude oil sonoreactor. By analyzing of numerical simulation results, optimum geometrical and operational parameters, comprising type and probe size, probe depth in bulk of crude oil, dimensions, shape of reactor, frequency, and sound power, were discussed for the highest possibility of cavitation, chemical, and physical changes. Moreover, the effect of probe location on pressure distribution was investigated. The results show the important effect of probe location on pressure distribution due to change of wave reflection angles.
    Chemical Engineering Communications 04/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The inhibition effect of glutamic acid (Glu) towards corrosion of aluminum in 0.1 M HCl solution was investigated using linear polarization (LPR), potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) methods. Polarization curves revealed that Glu acted as a mixed type inhibitor. The values of polarization resistance obtained by LPR and EIS were consistent in showing that inhibition efficiency increased with increasing concentration of Glu. The inhibition occurs by adsorption of Glu on the metal surface and evidence of this was given by the equivalent circuit analysis of EIS results. The adsorption process was found to obey the Hill de Boer isotherm with a standard free energy of adsorption of -60.45 kJ mol-1. Surface analysis by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was performed to provide chemical characterization of the adsorbed layer. The N 1s spectrum showed the presence of ionized (NH3+ ) and neutral (NH2) amino group. The corrosion inhibition was attributed to a chemisorption process with Glu molecules forming a stable chelate on the metal surface
    Chemical Engineering Communications 03/2014; 201(7):855-869.
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    ABSTRACT: The study investigates the effectiveness and energy conservation potential of a high rate hybrid up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor treating a combination of domestic waste activated sludge and distillery's spent wash. Analysis of the results revealed good organic removal efficiency at a hydraulic retention time of 5 days. However, the economic feasibility was not studied. This corresponded to an average percentage COD removal of 65%, an average percentage BOD removal of 40.41%, and an average total suspended solids removal of 87%. Biogas volumes were measured using a water displacement technique, and a steady biogas production rate of 2 L/day was attained after 71 days of substrate and nutrient addition. Two well-known mathematical models were used to estimate biogas volume. Hill's model was found to be in better agreement with experimental results; it is within ±10%. Based on the results obtained, the construction of a hybrid anaerobic sludge blanket reactor at a water treatment facility for the biodegradation of distillery spent wash and domestic waste to produce biogas and energy is unquestionably a lucrative and sustainable venture.
    Chemical Engineering Communications 02/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Prediction of the behaviour of convective mixing and the effectiveness of this mechanism is essential for permanent sequestration of CO2 in deep saline aquifers. Simulation of the diffusion-convection mechanism at a large scale is very expensive and time-consuming; therefore scaling relationships can be used to find suitable candidates for storage sites. In this study, scaling analysis is performed for the convective mixing of CO2 in saline aquifers based on experimental results. The scaling relationships are presented for the prediction of convective dissolution behaviour. In the presented scaling analysis, different systems with a wide range of Rayleigh numbers were used. All experiments were conducted in a dissolution cell with different ranges of grain sizes. The pressure decay data are used to determine the dissolution rate of CO2, Sherwood number, and convective flux. In addition, the fraction of ultimate dissolution is calculated for each experiment to investigate the mixing regimes (convective mixing and diffusive mixing). The results indicate that the mixing of CO2 in water can be approximated by a scaling relationship for the Sherwood number and convective flux. These relations can be used in the implementation of large scale CO2 storage in deep saline aquifers.
    Chemical Engineering Communications 02/2014;
  • Chemical Engineering Communications 08/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: In this study the Eulerian particle model was modified to predict the particle deposition rate in fully developed channel flow. The modified model is less complicated and has much lower computation time. The performance of the simplified model was examined by comparing the particle deposition rate in a vertical channel with the experimental data for fully developed channel flow available in the literature. The effects of turbophoretic force, thermophoretic force, electrostatic force, gravitational force, Brownian/turbulent diffusion, and the wall roughness on the particle deposition rate were examined. The predictions of the modified particle model were in agreement with the experimental data.
    Chemical Engineering Communications 08/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, an industrial acetylene hydrogenation unit is simulated utilizing three available kinetic models. The results are compared against six-day experimental data and the best model is selected. Effects of feed temperature and the amount of injected hydrogen on ethylene selectivity are also studied. According to the simulation results, the unit is not working under its optimum conditions. Furthermore, by reduction of the hydrogen flow rate to 52 kg/h, process selectivity is increased. In addition, a new approach is proposed to modify the hydrogenation process and reduce undesired by-products. In the simulation of the modified process, hydrogenation reactors temperature, hydrogen flow rate, and H-1/H-2 ratio were regulated as adjustable parameters for the process optimization. The simulation shows that ethylene selectivity increases by 12%, while acetylene concentration and hydrogenation reactor temperature remains within acceptable ranges. Such selectivity could be achieved at the hydrogen flow rate of 50 kg/h with H-1/H-2 ratio of 0.1/0.9.
    Chemical Engineering Communications 07/2013; 200:863–877.