Industrial-scale benzene adsorption: assessment of a baseline one-dimensional temperature swing model against online industrial data
Journal article, 2020

Existing models for industrial gas cleaning via temperature-swing adsorption are typically validated against laboratory-scale test units, while industrial cases involve units that are significantly larger, operate with complex gas mixtures, and are cycled for long times. The extent up to which existing model formulations are applicable in industrial units is not well established. Here, we compare simulations with a baseline 1D model at an industrial scale to the online temperature data from steam-regenerated adsorbers in a 32 MW biomass gasification plant. Adsorption of benzene is described using the Dubinin–Radushkevich isotherm, and steam may condense/evaporate but not adsorb. The simulations reproduce the main trends in the industrial data, meaning that they can be used to assess dynamic properties that are not measured, such as the amounts of adsorbates and water. Additional model development is however needed to better represent the effects of complex gas mixtures and water transport and evaporation inside the beds.


Adam Jareteg

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Fluid Dynamics

Dario Maggiolo

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Fluid Dynamics

Anton Larsson

Göteborg Energi AB

Henrik Thunman

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Energy Technology

Srdjan Sasic

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Fluid Dynamics

Henrik Ström

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Fluid Dynamics

Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

0888-5885 (ISSN) 1520-5045 (eISSN)

Vol. 59 26 12239-12249

Optimization and increased energy efficiency in indirect gasification gas cleaning

Swedish Energy Agency (41245-1), 2016-03-08 -- 2019-12-31.

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Sustainable development

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Physical Chemistry

Energy Engineering

Chemical Process Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics



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