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Title: Microcomponent assembly for efficient contacting of fluid

Abstract

The present invention is a fundamental method and apparatus of a microcomponent assembly that overcomes the inherent limitations of state of the art chemical separations. The fundamental element enabling miniaturization is the porous contactor contained within a microcomponent assembly for mass transfer of a working compound from a first medium to a second medium. The porous contactor has a thickness, and a plurality of pores extending through the thickness. The pores are of a geometry cooperating with a boundary tension of one or the other or both of the media thereby preventing migration of one, other or both through the microporous contactor while permitting passage of the working compound. In the microcomponent assembly, the porous contactor is placed between a first laminate such that a first space or first microplenum is formed between the microporous contactor and the first laminate. Additionally, a cover sheet provides a second space or second plenum between the porous contactor and the cover sheet.

Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [1]
  1. Richland, WA
  2. Prosser, WA
  3. Gahanna, OH
  4. Pasco, WA
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
873276
Patent Number(s):
6126723
Assignee:
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
F - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING F25 - REFRIGERATION OR COOLING F25B - REFRIGERATION MACHINES, PLANTS OR SYSTEMS
C - CHEMISTRY C01 - INORGANIC CHEMISTRY C01B - NON-METALLIC ELEMENTS
DOE Contract Number:  
AC06-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
microcomponent; assembly; efficient; contacting; fluid; fundamental; method; apparatus; overcomes; inherent; limitations; chemical; separations; element; enabling; miniaturization; porous; contactor; contained; mass; transfer; compound; medium; thickness; plurality; pores; extending; geometry; cooperating; boundary; tension; media; preventing; migration; microporous; permitting; passage; placed; laminate; space; microplenum; formed; additionally; cover; sheet; provides; plenum; chemical separations; mass transfer; permitting passage; microcomponent assembly; chemical separation; inherent limitations; component assembly; /96/

Citation Formats

Drost, Monte K, Wegeng, Robert S, Friedrich, Michele, Hanna, William T, Call, Charles J, and Kurath, Dean E. Microcomponent assembly for efficient contacting of fluid. United States: N. p., 2000. Web.
Drost, Monte K, Wegeng, Robert S, Friedrich, Michele, Hanna, William T, Call, Charles J, & Kurath, Dean E. Microcomponent assembly for efficient contacting of fluid. United States.
Drost, Monte K, Wegeng, Robert S, Friedrich, Michele, Hanna, William T, Call, Charles J, and Kurath, Dean E. Sat . "Microcomponent assembly for efficient contacting of fluid". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/873276.
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abstractNote = {The present invention is a fundamental method and apparatus of a microcomponent assembly that overcomes the inherent limitations of state of the art chemical separations. The fundamental element enabling miniaturization is the porous contactor contained within a microcomponent assembly for mass transfer of a working compound from a first medium to a second medium. The porous contactor has a thickness, and a plurality of pores extending through the thickness. The pores are of a geometry cooperating with a boundary tension of one or the other or both of the media thereby preventing migration of one, other or both through the microporous contactor while permitting passage of the working compound. In the microcomponent assembly, the porous contactor is placed between a first laminate such that a first space or first microplenum is formed between the microporous contactor and the first laminate. Additionally, a cover sheet provides a second space or second plenum between the porous contactor and the cover sheet.},
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