Chapter 21. Vacuum Swing Adsorption—An Alternate Nitrogen Supply System

  1. William Smothers
  1. Daniel M. Buck and
  2. E. Louis Wilkinson

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470320242.ch21

A Collection of Papers Presented at the 86th Annual Meeting, and the 1984 Fall Meeting of the Materials & Equipment and Whitewares Divisions: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 5, No. 11/12

A Collection of Papers Presented at the 86th Annual Meeting, and the 1984 Fall Meeting of the Materials & Equipment and Whitewares Divisions: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 5, No. 11/12

How to Cite

Buck, D. M. and Wilkinson, E. L. (1984) Vacuum Swing Adsorption—An Alternate Nitrogen Supply System, in A Collection of Papers Presented at the 86th Annual Meeting, and the 1984 Fall Meeting of the Materials & Equipment and Whitewares Divisions: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 5, No. 11/12 (ed W. Smothers), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470320242.ch21

Author Information

  1. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. P.O. Box 538T, Allentown, PA 18105

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1984

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470374207

Online ISBN: 9780470320242

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Keywords:

  • atmosphere;
  • nitrogen;
  • ambient;
  • adsorption;
  • hydrogen

Summary

The number of potential applications for nitrogen in the metallurgical and chemical industries continues to grow. This growth has prompted the development of alternate N2 supply systems for the purpose of serving this growing market more effectively. One such system is the vacuum swing adsorption (VSA) system which incorporates a patented non-cryogenic air-separation process for nitrogen production. The implementation of the VSA system at a user's site will provide a highly reliable supply of nitrogen at a lower cost than other air separation systems or inert gas generators for many users in the range 280-849 m3/h (10000-30000 SCFH) consumption range.