Investigation of the specific interfacial area of a palm oil-water system

Sulaiman Al-Zuhair, Kadathur B. Ramachandran, Masitah Hasan

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Oil-water dispersions have many important applications in the chemical and oleochemical industries. A measure of the specific interfacial area of the dispersed phase provides a direct indication of the quality of the dispersion. In this study, the specific interfacial area for the palm oil-water system was determined using a microscopic technique. The effects of oil volume fraction, agitation speed and temperature on the specific interfacial area have been determined experimentally and an empirical correlation to predict the total specific interfacial area under different operating conditions is proposed. This correllation can be used in the design of reaction and non-reaction systems using palm oil-water dispersions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)706-710
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Oil-water dispersions
  • Palm oil
  • Specific interfacial area

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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