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EXTENDED RESIDENCE TIME CENTRIFUGAL CONTACTOR DESIGN MODIFICATION AND CENTRIFUGAL CONTACTOR VANE PLATE VALVING APPARATUS FOR EXTENDING MIXING ZONE RESIDENCE TIME

United States Patent Application

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20160089617
9,669,329
A1
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The present invention provides an annular centrifugal contactor, having a housing adapted to receive a plurality of flowing liquids; a rotor on the interior of the housing; an annular mixing zone, wherein the annular mixing zone has a plurality of fluid retention reservoirs with ingress apertures near the bottom of the annular mixing zone and egress apertures located above the ingress apertures of the annular mixing zone; and an adjustable vane plate stem, wherein the stem can be raised to restrict the flow of a liquid into the rotor or lowered to increase the flow of the liquid into the rotor.
Wardle, Kent E. (Brookfield, IL)
14/ 501,898
September 30, 2014
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION [0001] The U.S. Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC02-06H11357 between the U.S. Department of Energy and UChicago Argonne, LLC, representing Argonne National Laboratory.