The invention consists in laboratory equipment for the experimental investigation of the phase separation of a multi-phase system in a centrifugal field. It combines the functionalities of a centrifuge with those of a chemical reactor. The invention allows a complete characterization of the multi-phases system of interest in a very compact machine before scaling up the process at industrial level. The phase separation can be guided under full control of environmental parameters and monitored with on-line cameras. Every step of the process can be quantitatively studied and compared with simulated values.
A working prototyp has been produced and fully tested by the inventors in the RWTH Aachen University facilities and can be customized according to the technical requirements of the single experiments. The compact equipment allows a full quantitative characterization of phase separation phenomena in multi-phase systems in a laboratory envinronment and can be transported in customer´s laboratories for characterizations on site. The small amounts of reactants allow an extensive characterization for different set of parameters in order to establish the optimal process conditions before scaling up the machine and the process at industrial-level. Therefore the invention represents a great opportunity to reduce costs, to optimize the results and to achieve full controll on the process.
A video of the invention can be found at https://youtu.be/HVP1berF0sI
- Compact and cost effective
- Enables pre-characterization al lab level for processes in centrifugal contactors
- On-line camera
- Complete control on measurements parameters
- Quantitative results
A patent application for this invention has been filed in Germany. On behalf of the RWTH University, PROvendis is seeking a partner for further development in view of licensing the technology.