Hello nice people!
Here a bizarre idea to let liquids and gas react together
: see the attached sketch.
It's essentially the same hardware used to humidify air: many disks soaked partially
in a liquid are rotated; they shall be wetted at each turn to expose a big area of liquid to the gas
and promote the reaction.
The (better detachable) disks surface
is close to the liquid-gas interface and can also be a catalyst
, or be itself a reagent
, for instance copper-activated zinc. This must be an advantage over other processes, like a mist or bubbles.
The gas could also be an other liquid if it's hard to mix - in case no better method exists. One could even superimpose several liquids and a gas, for instance to expose a single-molecular layer of liquid to the gas.
The vessel would better withstand pressure and vacuum. You can fit pumps compressors heater coolers exchangers separators and all that stuff.
Screws around the shaft between the disks and the bearings can prevent liquid wetting the shaft from seeping into the bearings - but they won't stop the gas... You can try to inject grease at high pressure in the bearing to prevent leaks there, as usual. At least no chemical has to be pumped to mix in this reactor.
You can vary the rotation speed to adjust the thickness of the liquid film. If the disk surface must be exposed to the gas close to the liquid, it could be made hydrophobic from place to place. Corrugations at the disk could even, as the disk rotates, pour the liquid at places that were in contact with the gas.Your opinion please?
Exists already? Or the Schaefer reactor
is fabulous in some cases? Or it's worse than existing methods?
Marc Schaefer, aka Enthalpy