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Title: Method of using an electric field controlled emulsion phase contactor

A system is described for contacting liquid phases comprising a column for transporting a liquid phase contacting system, the column having upper and lower regions. The upper region has a nozzle for introducing a dispersed phase and means for applying thereto a vertically oriented high intensity pulsed electric field. This electric field allows improved flow rates while shattering the dispersed phase into many micro-droplets upon exiting the nozzle to form a dispersion within a continuous phase. The lower region employs means for applying to the dispersed phase a horizontally oriented high intensity pulsed electric field so that the dispersed phase undergoes continuous coalescence and redispersion while being urged from side to side as it progresses through the system, increasing greatly the mass transfer opportunity. 5 figures.
Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5341420
Assignee:
Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., Oak Ridge, TN (United States) PTO; EDB-94-055983
Patent Number(s):
US 5262027; A
Application Number:
PPN: US 7-674811
Contract Number:
AC05-84OR21400
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 22 Mar 1991
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; EMULSIONS; CHEMICAL PREPARATION; MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT; DESIGN; ATOMIZATION; ELECTRIC FIELDS; MIXING; OPERATION; COLLOIDS; DISPERSIONS; EQUIPMENT; SYNTHESIS; 420400* - Engineering- Heat Transfer & Fluid Flow