Pulsed Liquid Liquid Extraction

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Product Code: APC011

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Pulsed Liquid Liquid Extraction

Main characteristics of the pilot

  • Industrial instrumentation
  • Borosilicate glass and stainless steel AISI 316L manufacturing
  • Rigid process pipes
  • Pulsing device by piston pump
  • Graduated glass receivers

Principle and Operation:

Liquid-liquid extraction allows the transfer of a solute (dissolved in feed solvent to make the solution) into an extraction solvent with which it has more affinity; the feed solvent and the extraction solvent are not miscible.
The light phase is introduced at the bottom of the column then climb toward the superior decanter. The heavy phase introduced at the head of the column flow down toward the decanting area situated at the bottom. The piston pump, positioned where the bottom decanter is found, generates pulses throughout the column; this agitation allows a mixing of the two phases flowing at counter-current and the transfer of the solute to extract into the solvent. The decanters are used to separate the immiscible phases; the extract phase, enriched in solute, and the raffinate phase, depleted in solute, are carried out in a continuously way from the decanters.

Teaching objectives

  • Study of the following experimental parameters :
  • Influence of solution and solvent flow rates
  • Influence of agitation.
  • Calculations :
  • Mass balance.
  • Number of theoretical plates (McCABE and THIELE, ternary diagrams).
  • Number of transfer units.
  • Calculation of the mass transfer coefficient.

Technical specifications


  • Two storage tanks of the solution and the extraction solvent made of Polyethylene.
  • Feeding metering pump of the solution, 316L stainless steel body, PTFE diaphragm, manual control
  • Feeding metering pump of the extraction solvent, 316L stainless steel body, PTFE diaphragm, manual control
  • Lower decanter in borosilicate glass with introduction of the light phase, outlet of the heavy phase and sampling valve
  • Upper decanter in borosilicate glass with introduction of the heavy phase, outlet of the length phase by overflow and sampling valve.
  • Borosilicate glass column in three pieces with “MULTIKNIT” type packing made of AISI 316L stainless steel.
  • AISI 316L stainless steel pulsing assembly with frequency and amplitude adjustment.
  • Four AISI 316L stainless steel sampling plates.
  • Extract phase receiver tank in borosilicate glass with drain valve.
  • Raffinate phase receiver tank in borosilicate glass with drain valve.
  • AISI 316L stainless steel connecting tubes.
  • Support framework with AISI 304L stainless steel tubes, aluminium connecting nuts and adjustable feet.


  • Command and control cabinet fitted with an emergency stop, operating buttons and the following interfaces:
  • Pulse frequency controller.
  • Digital temperature indicator with two Pt100 Ω type probes.

Dimensions and weight

  • 1500 mm x 850 mm x 3250 mm ~ 120 kg.

Essential requirements

  • 230 V / 50 Hz / Single phase:1 kW.
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