This paper explores the use of microporous hollow fibers as structured packing for a distillation column of propylene-propane. The actual column, which is less than 0.4 m long, yields more than 8% enrichment of propylene from a 30% propane/70% propylene mixture. It has an HTU as low as 0.1 m and an overall mass transfer coefficient of about 10-4 m/s with the resistance to mass transfer mainly coming from the vapor phase. The low HTU is due to the high mass transfer area per unit volume, over 1100 m2/m3. The results begin to explore the use of hollow fibers as packing for a practical distillation.
- Hollow fibers
- Structural packing