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Title: Physics of lithium bromide (LiBr) solution dewatering through vapor venting membranes

The physics of water desorption from a lithium bromide (LiBr) solution flow through an array of microchannels capped by a porous membrane is studied. The membrane allows the vapor to exit the flow and retains the liquid. Effects of different parameters such as wall temperature, solution and vapor pressures, and solution mass flux on the desorption rate were studied. Two different mechanisms of desorption are analyzed. These mechanisms consisted of: (1) direct diffusion of water molecules out of the solution and their subsequent flow through the membrane and (2) formation of water vapor bubbles within the solution and their venting through the membrane. Direct diffusion was the dominant desorption mode at low surface temperatures and its magnitude was directly related to the vapor pressure, the solution concentration, and the heated wall temperature. Desorption at the boiling regime was predominantly controlled by the solution flow pressure and mass flux. Microscale visualization studies suggested that at a critical mass flux, some bubbles are carried out of the desorber through the solution microchannels rather than being vented through the membrane. Overall, an order of magnitude higher desorption rate compare to a previous study on a membrane-based desorber was achieved. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
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Journal Name: International Journal of Multiphase Flow; Journal Volume: 58
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USDOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
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United States