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Title: Adsorption Equilibrium and Modeling of Water Vapor on Reduced and Unreduced Silver-Exchanged Mordenite

This work is related to the removal of tritiated water and radioactive iodine from off-gases released during spent nuclear fuel reprocessing. Specifically, it is focused on the adsorption equilibrium of water on reduced silver mordenite (Ag 0Z), which is the state-of-art solid adsorbent for iodine retention in the off-gas treatment. As the off-gases contain different gas species, including iodine and water, Ag 0Z would take up iodine and water simultaneously during the adsorption process. Therefore, understanding the adsorption of water on Ag 0Z is important and necessary for studying the performance of Ag 0Z in off-gas treatment processes. The isotherms of water (nonradioactive water) on Ag 0Z were obtained at temperatures of 25, 40, 60, 100, 150, and 200 °C with a continuous-flow adsorption system. The data were analyzed using the Heterogeneous Langmuir and generalized statistical thermodynamic adsorption (GSTA) models, and thermodynamic parameters of the isotherms were obtained from both models. Both models were found capable of describing the isotherms. Isotherms of water on the unreduced silver mordenite (AgZ) were also obtained at 25, 40, and 60 °C and parametrized by the GSTA model. Through the comparison of the isotherms of Ag 0Z and AgZ, it was found that Agmore » 0Z had a higher water adsorption capacity than AgZ. The comparison of their thermodynamic parameters suggested that the interaction of water molecules with the H + in Ag 0Z was stronger than that with the Ag + in AgZ.« less
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  1. Syracuse Univ., NY (United States)
  2. Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States)
  3. Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States); Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Journal Name:
Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 56; Journal Issue: 28; Journal ID: ISSN 0888-5885
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
Country of Publication:
United States
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