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Mass Transfer in Fermentation Scaleup

| By Jim Gregory and Bob Green, Fluor;
Nicolle Courtemanche and Richard Kehn, SPX Flow Technology, Lightnin

How big can a fermenter get? And what would the biggest fermenter look like? The answers to these questions depend upon how the requirements of heat transfer, mass transfer (gas-to-liquid), and momentum transfer (mixing) are met. In an earlier article…