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Mixing in wicking structures and the use of enhanced mixing within wicks in microchannel devices

United States Patent

June 2, 2009
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Advanced wicking structures and methods utilizing these structures are described. The use of advanced wicking structures can promote rapid mass transfer while maintaining high capillary pressure through the use of small pores. Particularly improved results in fluid contacting processes can be achieved by enhanced mixing within a wicking layer within a microchannel.
Stenkamp; Victoria S. (Richland, WA), TeGrotenhuis; Ward E. (Kennewick, WA), Wegeng; Robert S. (Alexandria, VA)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
11/ 229,349
September 16, 2005
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.