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Integrated reactor and centrifugal separator and uses thereof

United States Patent

8,097,219
January 17, 2012
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An apparatus for providing reaction of fluids and separation of products with increased residence time. The apparatus includes a stationary shell, a rotating hollow cylindrical component disposed in the stationary shell, a residence-time increasing device external to the stationary shell, a standpipe for introducing fluid into an interior cavity of the hollow cylindrical component from the residence-time increasing device, a first outlet in fluid flow communication with the interior cavity of the hollow cylindrical component for a less dense phase fluid, and a second outlet in fluid flow communication with the interior cavity of the hollow cylindrical component for a more dense phase fluid.
Birdwell, Jr.; Joseph F (Knoxville, TN), Jennings; Harold L. (Clinton, TN), McFarlane; Joanna (Oak Ridge, TN), Tsouris; Constantino (Oak Ridge, TN)
UT-Battelle LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
12/ 540,401
August 13, 2009
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.