(719b) On the Use of Volumetric Frequency Response for Understanding the Transport of Gases in Commercial Adsorbents

Ritter, J. A., University of South Carolina
Ebner, A. D., University of South Carolina
Hossain, M. I., University of South Carolina

Frequency response methods have been developed as an alternative technique for the determination of mass transfer mechanisms controlling the transport of gases into and out of microporous adsorbent materials. Recent results in the literature are showing that this technique seems to be the best for discriminating the controlling mechanism. It is also possible to reveal two or more different controlling mechanisms that may dominate in different frequency ranges.

The present talk will focus on the use of the volumetric frequency response (VFR) approach for the identification on the main mechanism governing the transport of gases in commercial zeolite and activated carbon adsorbents. In a recently commissioned VFR apparatus, experiments were carried out with pure gases at pressures of 200, 400 and 750 Torr, temperatures of 25, 40 and 55 oC and frequencies between 0.7×10-5 and 10 Hz. The results are showing that the transport mechanism can be unequivocally identified when fitting the frequency response curves to various transport models. The results are also revealing that it is important to carry out experiments at different temperatures and pressures to ensure the correct transport mechanism has been identified. During this presentation the latest results obtained from the system will be presented and interpreted.