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Active microchannel fluid processing unit and method of making

United States Patent

6,490,812
December 10, 2002
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The present invention is an active microchannel fluid processing unit and method of making, both relying on having (a) at least one inner thin sheet; (b) at least one outer thin sheet; (c) defining at least one first sub-assembly for performing at least one first unit operation by stacking a first of the at least one inner thin sheet in alternating contact with a first of the at least one outer thin sheet into a first stack and placing an end block on the at least one inner thin sheet, the at least one first sub-assembly having at least a first inlet and a first outlet; and (d) defining at least one second sub-assembly for performing at least one second unit operation either as a second flow path within the first stack or by stacking a second of the at least one inner thin sheet in alternating contact with second of the at least one outer thin sheet as a second stack, the at least one second sub-assembly having at least a second inlet and a second outlet.
Bennett; Wendy D. (Kennewick, WA), Martin; Peter M. (Kennewick, WA), Matson; Dean W. (Kennewick, WA), Roberts; Gary L. (West Richland, WA), Stewart; Donald C. (Richland, WA), Tonkovich; Annalee Y. (Pasco, WA), Zilka; Jennifer L. (Pasco, WA), Schmitt; Stephen C. (Dublin, OH), Werner; Timothy M. (Columbus, OH)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
09/ 735,062
December 11, 2000
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC0676RLO1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.