Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 281–293 | Cite as

Volatilization of ketones from water

  • R. E. Rathbun
  • D. Y. Tai


The overall mass-transfer coefficients for the volatilization from water of acetone, 2-butanone, 2-pentanone, 3-pentanone, 4-methyl-2-pentanone, 2-heptanone, and 2-octanone were measured simultaneously with the oxygen-absorption coefficient in a laboratory stirred water bath. The liquid-film and gas-film coefficients of the two-film model were determined for the ketones from the overall coefficients, and both film resistances were important for volatilization of the ketones.

The liquid-film coefficients for the ketones varied with the 0.719 power of the molecular-diffusion coefficient, in agreement with the literature. The liquid-film coefficients showed a variable dependence on molecular weight, with the dependence ranging from the −0.263 power for acetone to the −0.378 power for 2-octanone. This is in contrast with the literature where a constant −0.500 power dependence on the molecular weight is assumed.

The gas-film coefficients for the ketones showed no dependence on molecular weight, in contrast with the literature where a −0.500 power is assumed.


Molecular Weight Acetone Ketone Water Bath Power Dependence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. E. Rathbun
    • 1
  • D. Y. Tai
    • 1
  1. 1.U.S. Geological SurveyGulf Coast Hydroscience CenterNSTL StationU.S.A.

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