Use of Power Ultrasound for Nonthermal, Nonequilibrium Separation of Ethanol/Water Solutions
Scale up of ultrasound/free surface driven process
The process will yield large reductions in energy consumption, and provide significant savings in size and capital cost. The methodology will be applicable to methanol/water, butanol/water, and other systems.
Developed a three-stage mist collection method to effectively separate ultrasound-generated mists of different sizes. The collection rates increased with the carrier gas flow rate, and the collection rates for the three stages had the following order: Stage I > Stage II > Stage III. Carrier gas flow rate significantly affected the separation process as it changed the evaporation rate and the size of the droplets carried out. The capability to carry out the size of the droplets with respect to the flow rate is simulated.