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Brazilian Journal of Chemical Engineering

Print version ISSN 0104-6632On-line version ISSN 1678-4383


GOUVEIA, E. R.; BAPTISTA-NETO, A.; HOKKA, C.O.  and  BADINO JR., A.C.. Studies on the rheology and oxygen mass transfer in the clavulanic acid production by Streptomyces clavuligerus. Braz. J. Chem. Eng. [online]. 2000, vol.17, n.4-7, pp.827-834. ISSN 0104-6632.

In the present work rheological characteristics and volumetric oxygen transfer coefficient (kLa) were investigated during batch cultivations of Streptomyces clavuligerus NRRL 3585 for production of clavulanic acid. The experimental rheological data could be adequately described in terms of the power law model and logistic equation. Significant changes in the rheological parameters consistency index (K) and flow behavior index (n) were observed with the fermentation evolution. Interesting correlations between the consistency index (K)/biomass concentration (CX) and the flow behavior index (n)/biomass concentration were proposed. Volumetric oxygen mass transfer coefficient (kLa) was determined by the gas balance method. Classical correlation relating the volumetric oxygen mass transfer coefficient to the operating conditions, physical and to transport properties, including apparent viscosity (map), could be applied to the experimental results.

Keywords : rheology; oxygen transfer; clavulanic acid; Streptomyces clavuligerus.

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