Traditional absorption towers that employ fixed packing, such as rings or saddles, are strictly limited in absorption efficiency by their available surface area for mass transfer. In general, only very tall towers give high efficiencies and the interstitial structure of the packing leads to rapid blocking when fine solids or dust particles are present in the liquid or gas steams which results in rapid increases in pressure drop and diminished operational efficiencies.
The TurboScrubber® & TurboStripper® towers offer many advantages over static packed towers. Not only are substantial increases in efficiency possible per unit tower height, but much larger gas throughputs can be handled with smaller tower diameters. This leads to substantial savings in both capital and operating costs.
The patented TurboPak® & Turboid® elements are fluidised by the ascending gas stream as it passes counter-currently against the liquid. The liquid hold-up and turbulence created within the bed dramatically reduces both the gas and liquid side resistance to mass transfer, and perfect conditions for blockage free solids removal are created.
To demonstrate the high rate of turbulence and mixing inside the bed one of the packing elements was painted black and the recess on another element was painted black. Observe how the element traverses the entire bed in a chaotic fashion which demonstrates the unsurpassed ability of the system to mix gas and liquid streams. This also clearly demonstrates how the system cannot clog or block up due to the constant motion of the packing elements.
In the TS system these flow patterns are broken down to decrease mass transfer resistance & improve gas/liquid mixing.