Vorsana CO2 Scrubber
|Simplified Disk Model|
|Duration||Fall 2015 - Summer 2016|
The project goal of the CO2 Scrubber is to demonstrate mechanical separation of the components of flue gas based on molecular weight with the ability to be applied to an industrial scale.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in flue gas cause many risks for health and environmental concerns. Manufacturers must pay for costly technology that has a high energy and water usage to reduce their current emissions. An effective and low cost way to separate out these harmful compounds is needed for the manufacturing market. The idea behind the counterflow disk method is the heavier, harmful gases will be separated from the lighter, non harmful phases, allowing for the extraction of the harmful phases.
- Amine Scrubbing which uses liquid solutions to remove CO2 and H2S
- Mineral and zeolite treatment to reversibly bind CO2
- Various other chemical treatments
Major Project Goals:
- Perform fundamental studies on simplified geometry will be conducted to elucidate the minimum g force needed to effectively separate two gases.
- Run CFD simulations for a model that is similar to Xing JHD 2014
- Build and test a simplified model, with variables of disk speed, gap size, temperature, pressure, and type of gas.
- Provide proof of concept
|Specific Requirements||Description||Target Value||Acceptable Performance|
|Fundamental Studies||Simplified designs of the product||Reveal the minimum g-force needed||Test designs for fundamental studies and identify the best design|
|Simulations||Run CFD simulations for a model similar to Xing JHD 2014||Reveal the minimum g-force needed||Test designs for fundamental studies and identify the best design|
|Experiments||Build and test a simplified processor model similar to Xing JHD 2014 using conditions identified in simulations above||Measurements to confirm the CFD simulations||Verify if a pure mechanical force is sufficient to separate two gases.|
|Testing||Testing of Vorsana prototype||Test maximum performance of disk speed, gap size, temperature, pressure and type of gas using flue gas from Energy Plant and additional testing in Vorsana Lab||Test maximum performance of disk speed, gap size, temperature, pressure and type of gas using flue gas from Energy Plant|
Alternative Testing Designs
|Simplified Disk||Description||Simplified Disk Cross Section|
|Vortex Tube||Description||Vortex Tube Test Setup|