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Water vapor effects on CO2 separation of amine‐containing facilitated transport membranes (AFTMs) module: mathematical modeling using tanks‐in‐series approach

Qiang Yang, Qianguo Lin, Sergio Sammarchi, Jia Li, Sa Li and Dong Wang

Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology, 2021, vol. 11, issue 1, 52-68

Abstract: Amine‐containing facilitated transport membranes (AFTMs) are emerging membranes and have great potential for CO2 capture. AFTMs are particularly suitable for humid flue gases, as water vapor enhances the facilitated transportation of CO2. However, there is a lack of mathematical models available to evaluate the impact of water vapor on CO2 separation performance for large‐scale membrane modules. Therefore, developing a mathematical model considering the water vapor effects is of great importance to guide the large‐scale applications of AFTMs for CO2 capture. In this study, a mathematical model using tanks‐in‐series approach for CO2 capture through AFTMs is proposed. In this model, the tanks‐in‐series approach can reflect the variable (water vapor‐dependent) gas permeance along the membrane module. Modeling results showed the necessity of considering the effect of water vapor content decline along the module. In addition, both increasing temperature and pressure primarily lead to a faster decline of relative humidity (RH) along the membrane module, resulting in an increase of CO2 recovery but a decrease of CO2 product purity. For a gas stream with relatively low water vapor content (

Date: 2021
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