Nozzles for Gas Scrubbing

Engineering consideration - Droplet size and absorption rate

For any given volume of spray the smaller the average droplet size the larger the over all surface area will be.  The larger the contact area with the gas then the greater the absorption rate.  So it would follow that the finest spray possible would be the most efficient.  In theory this is true, but in practice other factors come into play.

Residence time

Wet scrubberAnother other factor that affects absorption rate is the length of time the droplets remain within the gas flow. Obviously the longer they remain resident within the gas flow the more opportunity there exists for the necessary reactions to occur.

The length of residence really depends upon the geometry of the chamber, the speed of the gas flow and the weight (size) of the droplets.  Obviously the faster the gas is flowing the less time the reacting fluid droplets will have to act.  Similarly, the smaller the droplets are the faster they will be swept along by the gas.  This being the case we can see that very fine droplets could actually have less chance of reacting with the gas.

Surface area present

A nozzle will deliver a roughly uniform number of droplets per second.  In a stable gas scrubbing application these droplets will be removed from the system at an equal rate either by condensation, evaporation or being carried away in the gas exhaust.  So at any one time there will be a set volume of scrubbing fluid present in the gas flow between the injection point and the exhaust.  With knowledge of the droplet size this volume present can be translated to a surface area of reagent present.  The surface area present is a good indication of how well the spray will react and how much gas will be removed. 

For any given set flow rate of sprayed fluid the total surface area of fluid present in the scrubber will be a function of droplet size and residence time.  As droplet size falls the total surface area increases, but at the same time residence time will also fall as smaller droplets move faster and spend less time in the scrubber.  It follows that there is an optimum point at which any further decrease in droplet size will actually decrease the effectiveness of the gas scrubber.

Nozzle selection

For many scrubbing applications our TF range of spiral nozzles offer an excellent combination of good atomisation as well as containing some larger droplets to help carry the spray into a gas flows. Further to this the TF range is clog resistant and so can readily spray fluids with a high particle content. The range is further enhanced by the ST abrasion resistant version. We even have a half spiral nozzle which produces a half cone pattern that was specifically designed to be positioned on the outer ring in large scrubber towers so that spray is directly inwards away from the wall.

Spiral Hollow Cone Nozzles Abrasion resistent spiral nozzle half spiral nozzle

In fast moving gas flows often large droplets are required to ensure that the fluid does not become entrained within the gas flow and overload mist eliminators. The SC range or MP range of nozzles deliver high flow rates with large droplet sizes that can overcome even very fast gas flows. Whilst the large droplet sizes from these nozzles does serve to reduce the overall surface area of the spray and thus absorption these big droplets are necessary because finer sprays will simply be swept up into the gas.

SC full cone nozzle Maxipass full cone nozzle 

Gas Scrubbing Engineering Considerations

Gas Scrubbing Nozzle Designs