It was experimentally demonstrated that the performance of a medical oxygen concentrator based on rapid pressure swing adsorption (RPSA) process using a LiLSX zeolite was improved [lower bed size factor (BSF) and higher oxygen recovery (RO)] when the adsorbent exhibited higher selectivity of adsorption of N2 over O2. The effects of N2 selectivity on BSF and RO as functions of the RPSA process cycle times were found to be complex and nonintuitive. The key properties of a LiLSX zeolite sample for adsorption of N2 and O2 (pure and binary gas isotherms, binary selectivity, pure gas isosteric heats, pure gas mass-transfer characteristics, and degrees of adsorbent heterogeneity), which exhibited a relatively higher selectivity of adsorption for N2 over O2 compared to a previously reported sample, were measured and used in this study.
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- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering