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Hybrid indirect/direct contactor for thermal management of counter-current processes

United States Patent

9,920,964
March 20, 2018
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The invention relates to contactors suitable for use, for example, in manufacturing and chemical refinement processes. In an aspect is a hybrid indirect/direct contactor for thermal management of counter-current processes, the contactor comprising a vertical reactor column, an array of interconnected heat transfer tubes within the reactor column, and a plurality of stream path diverters, wherein the tubes and diverters are configured to block all straight-line paths from the top to bottom ends of the reactor column.
Hornbostel; Marc D (Menlo Park, CA), Krishnan; Gopala N. (Sunnyvale, CA), Sanjurjo; Angel (San Jose, CA)
SRI International (Menlo Park, CA)
14/ 809,206
20150330676
July 25, 2015
This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DENT0005578 with the Department of Energy (NETL). The government has certain rights in the invention.