Characterization of a New Flat Sheet Membrane Module Type for Gas Permeation


Modern high‐performance flat sheet gas separation membranes exhibit high permeances as well as high selectivities, e.g., for CO2 separation. Novel membrane modules are desirable to transfer the intrinsic membrane performance to the process. The introduced module implements countercurrent flow, which allows for the best utilization of the required driving force, provided concentration polarization and pressure drops can be kept at bay. As such, it is different from established flat sheet modules for gas separation. The design features allow for straightforward scaling and easy adjustment to other operating conditions. During module development equation‐oriented modeling, computer‐aided engineering design and application of computational fluid dynamics for flow optimization were integrated. The prototype was investigated in a pilot plant. The experimental results reflected the simulation predictions and proved the validity of the module concept.
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