3-D Printing As a Tool in the Design of Gas-Liquid Contactors for CO2 Capture

Advanced Fossil Energy Utilization
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 4, 2013 - 1:55pm-2:12pm
In order to dramatically reduce CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants , and mitigate their impact on global climate change , DOE has called for technologies that can capture at least 90% of CO2 emissions from an existing coal-fired power plant with no more than a 35% increase in the cost of electricity (COE).  One process design approach with the potential to achieve these goals is through the use of advanced gas-liquid contacting devices which enable more efficient capture of CO2with reduced process footprints.  However , more cost-effective construction methods and rapid prototyping are needed to deploy these technologies and meet DOE goals. 3-D printing is an “additive” fabrication technique which can offer unprecedented advantages in accelerating the design cycles of gas-liquid contacting devices , minimize manufacturing costs , and expedite deployment timeline for CO2 capture in the field.  Functional prototypes can be designed , fabricated and tested within a frame of 24 hours.  Because the design process is entirely software-based , devices can be parametrically varied so that effects of surface area , pressure drop , porosity , etc. can be easily understood and used to develop improved devices.  The rapid and flexible feedback loop between design , fabrication and testing that can only be provided through 3-D printing will more quickly advance the peformances and lower the costs of novel gas-liquid contacting devices for CO2 capture. This presentation will detail our progress in developing and applying gas-liquid contactors fabricated from 3-D printing techniques.  Specifically , we will discuss the advantages , challenges and possibilities relating to solvent-based CO2 capture processes.
Professional Development Hours
0.5 PDHs
You will be able to download and print a certificate for these PDH credits once the content has been viewed. If you have already viewed this content, please click here to login.

Would you like to access this content?

No problem. You just have to complete the following steps.

You have completed 0 of 2 steps.

  1. Log in

    You must be logged in to view this content. Log in now.

  2. Purchase Technical Presentation

    You must purchase this technical presentation using one of the options below.
    If you already purchased this content recently, please click here to refresh the system's record of ownerships.


Credits 0.5 Use credits
List Price $25.00 Buy now
AIChE Members $15.00 Buy now
AIChE Undergraduate Student Members Free Free access
AIChE Graduate Student Members Free Free access
Related Topics: 
Skill Level: