Applicability of PolyActive™ Thin Film Composite Membranes for CO2 Separation from C2H4 Containing Multi-Component Gas Mixtures at Pressures up to 30 Bar
AbstractThe PolyActive™ thin film composite membrane (TFCM) has already been successfully applied for CO2 separation tasks at feed pressures up to 10 bar. To investigate the applicability at higher pressures, measurements were undertaken with C2H4 containing gas mixtures with a composition comparable to the product stream of the oxidative coupling of methane process, as well as single gases up to a feed pressure of 30 bar. Furthermore, the permeances of the conducted gas mixture experiments were simulated. The results show a strong swelling influence of CO2 on the used membrane depending on the CO2 fugacity. This swelling effect leads to a pronounced decrease in selectivity. The observed membrane behavior at high pressures could not be predicted by the Free Volume Model (FVM). Two different simulations were conducted: one based on parameters calculated from single gas data measured at pressures up to 2 bar; and a second based on parameters calculated from single gas data measured at pressures from 2 to 30 bar. The two simulations differ in their prediction accuracy. However, they confirm that it is possible to predict the measured permeances in the pressure range up to an average CO2 fugacity of 6 bar.