10.6. ABSORPTION IN PLATE AND PACKED TOWERS

10.6A. Introduction to Absorption

As discussed briefly in Section 10.1B, absorption is a mass-transfer process in which a vapor solute A in a gas mixture is absorbed by means of a liquid in which the solute is more or less soluble. The gas mixture consists mainly of an inert gas and the solute. The liquid also is primarily immiscible in the gas phase; that is, its vaporization into the gas phase is relatively slight. A typical example is absorption of the solute ammonia from an air–ammonia mixture by water. Subsequently, the solute is recovered from the solution by distillation. In the reverse process of desorption or stripping, the same principles and equations hold.

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