Preparation of alumina hollow fibers and their use as phase contactors for the removal of dissolved gases

P Plucinski, B Darragh

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Abstract

Alumina hollow fibers were prepd. by a combined phase inversion and sintering method. A polymer/solvent [poly(ether-sulfone)/1-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone] system filled with alumina powder is extruded into a nonsolvent bath to form the fibers which are then dried and sintered at high temp. to give alumina fibers. The fibers were characterized using a combined dry and wet gas permeation method and using SEM. Fibers were coated using simple dip coating techniques to study the effects on minimizing defects and max. pore size. More complex techniques have not been used, as there is no need to reduce median pore size given the intended application. Finally fibers were constructed into a module for parallel flow phase contacting. Mass transfer studies were carried out on removal of dissolved O from H2O, Ar was used as a stripping gas. Varied liq. flow, tube side pressure and gas flow were studied. The results were compared with predictions based on known mass transfer correlations for hollow fiber contactors. Mass transfer was strongly limited by diffusion through the liq. filled membrane. By increasing tube side pressure the liq./gas interface could be driven back across the fiber wall resulting in effectively 2 mass transfer layers, one liq. filled layer, and one gas filled layer. Mass transfer is far faster in the gas filled layer so overall mass transfer is improved as the liq. filled layer is reduced. [on SciFinder (R)]
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventWorld Congress of Chemical Engineering, 7th - Glasgow, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Jul 200514 Jul 2005

Conference

ConferenceWorld Congress of Chemical Engineering, 7th
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period10/07/0514/07/05

Keywords

  • alumina hollow fiber dissolved gas removal contactor
  • Contacting apparatus (prepn. of alumina hollow fibers and their use as phase contactors for removal of dissolved gases)
  • USES (Uses)
  • PREP (Preparation) (hollow
  • PREP (Preparation) (aluminum oxide
  • prepn. of alumina hollow fibers and their use as phase contactors for removal of dissolved gases)
  • Synthetic fibers Role
  • Fibers Role
  • unclassified)
  • Gases (dissolved
  • PNU (Preparation
  • NUU (Other use

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    Plucinski, P., & Darragh, B. (2005). Preparation of alumina hollow fibers and their use as phase contactors for the removal of dissolved gases. Paper presented at World Congress of Chemical Engineering, 7th, Glasgow, UK United Kingdom.