Radial flow rapid pressure swing adsorption

A. S.T. Chiang, M. C. Hong

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A new PSA process has been proposed and experimentally verified. This process was operated with a radial flow geometry under a cycle time less than 30 seconds. It has been showed that enriched oxygen could be produced when air was fed inward. The same system showed virtually no separation effect if the feed direction was reversed. The change of separation efficiency upon flow reversal was most significant when small adsorbent particles were employed. A ø 200×75 mm annular packing with 3 μm particles of zeolite 5A was able to produce 60% purity oxygen from air. The effect of flow direction on system performance confirmed the importance of flow resistance distribution. In radial flow geometry, most of the flow resistance was located near the center of the disk. The relative small pressure gradient at the feed end enabled a better absorbent utilization during the inward feed step, and a more effective desorption during the vent step. The same principle could be extended to other geometric configurations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-164
Number of pages12
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1995


  • air separation
  • bulk separation
  • oxygen enrichment
  • pressure swing adsorption
  • radial flow chromatography
  • zeolite 5A


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