A new method for separating a binary gas mixture, such as hydrogen and carbon dioxide, is proposed and investigated numerically and experimentally. As a pressure driven flow of the mixture goes through a two-dimensional Burgers cascade, the components are separated due to thermal diffusion and the amplifying effect of the cascade. Unlike traditional cascades in isotope separation, active elements like pumps are absent. The device is made thin enough so that the flow and the concentration distribution reaches an equilibrium within each cell. We have observed separation of up to about 9% in hydrogen concentration in our prototype array consisting of over 19,000 cavities placed under a 160-degree temperature difference.
|ジャーナル||International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer|
|出版ステータス||Published - 2020 12月|
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