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Hybrid Indirect/Direct Contactor for Thermal Management of Counter-Current Processes

United States Patent Application

20150330676
A1
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The invention relates to contactors suitable for use, for example, in manufacturing and chemical refinement processes. In an aspect is a hybrid indirect/direct contactor for thermal management of counter-current processes, the contactor comprising a vertical reactor column, an array of interconnected heat transfer tubes within the reactor column, and a plurality of stream path diverters, wherein the tubes and diverters are configured to block all straight-line paths from the top to bottom ends of the reactor column.
Hornbostel, Marc D. (Menlo Park, CA), Krishnan, Gopala N. (Sunnyvale, CA), Sanjurjo, Angel (San Jose, CA)
SRI INTERNATIONAL (Menlo Park CA)
14/ 809,206
July 25, 2015
[0002] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DENT0005578 with the Department of Energy (NETL). The government has certain rights in the invention.