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Ion transport membrane module and vessel system with directed internal gas flow

United States Patent

7,658,788
February 9, 2010
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An ion transport membrane system comprising (a) a pressure vessel having an interior, an inlet adapted to introduce gas into the interior of the vessel, an outlet adapted to withdraw gas from the interior of the vessel, and an axis; (b) a plurality of planar ion transport membrane modules disposed in the interior of the pressure vessel and arranged in series, each membrane module comprising mixed metal oxide ceramic material and having an interior region and an exterior region; and (c) one or more gas flow control partitions disposed in the interior of the pressure vessel and adapted to change a direction of gas flow within the vessel.
Holmes; Michael Jerome (Thompson, ND), Ohrn; Theodore R. (Alliance, OH), Chen; Christopher Ming-Poh (Allentown, PA)
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (Allentown, PA), SOFCO-EFS Holdings LLC (Alliance, OH)
11/ 284,188
20060180022
November 22, 2005
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under Contract Number DE-FC26-97FT96052 between Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights to this invention.