Solid Bed Dehydrator – Bed Height to Diameter Ratio

In its simplest form, an adsorber is normally a cylindrical tower filled with a solid desiccant. The depth of the desiccant may vary from a few feet to 30 ft or more. The vessel diameter may be from a few inches to 10 or 15 ft. A bed height to diameter (L/D) ratio of higher than 2.5 is desirable. Ratios as low as 1:1 are sometimes used; however, poor gas dehydration, caused by non-uniform flow, channeling and an inadequate contact time between the wet gas and the desiccant sometimes result.

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