A tower containing deep beds of high efficiency packing, designed to achieve many theoretical stages or transfer units, is very sensitive to liquid distribution quality.
Feed devices are critical to the performance of the liquid distributor and the packed column. Depending on the specific service, Koch-Glitsch offers a wide range of INTALOX liquid, vapor, mixed phase and flashing feed devices.
- INTALOX liquid phase feed pipes are designed to prevent excessive liquid velocity in the distributor to minimize liquid gradients and momentum effects.
- INTALOX vapor phase feed devices are designed to reduce the kinetic energy of the vapor feed before entering the packed bed.
- INTALOX mixed phase feed devices are designed to provide sufficient disengagement of vapor from the liquid prior to feeding the distributor.
- INTALOX suppressed flashing feed devices are designed to avoid vaporization inside the pipe system and to provide sufficient disengagement of vapor from the liquid prior to feeding the distributor.
Vapor distribution is an important part of INTALOX Packed Tower Systems technology. A tower with poor vapor distribution will experience an unequal liquid-to-vapor ratio over the tower cross sectional area, resulting in a reduction of tower performance. Koch-Glitsch can supply a variety of vapor distributors to ensure that the high efficiency packing meets its separation performance objectives.