A model for pressure drop is proposed for gas-liquid flow through packed beds on the basis of the observed absence of radial pressure gradients and taking into consideration the structure of the bed and the physical properties of the fluids. The model divides the total voitage of the bed into internal and external voidage and appropriately distributes the total liquid holdup into internal and external holdup. Over 2500 experimental data, from the present study as well as those reported in literature, are correlated by the model with an r.m.s. deviation of less than ±9%. The significant parameters affecting the two-phase pressure drop are found to be the bed porosity, the Reynolds number, and the product of the Eötvos and the Morton numbers. © 1993.