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Abstract

Among other processes, adsorption is used for the removal of hydrogen sulphide from natural gases. Hereby, competitive adsorption of the different gas components plays an important role, e.g., that of carbon dioxide. Data of equilibrium loading and adsorption kinetics are required for the design of adsorbers, filled with molecular sieve. In order to obtain these data under the prevailing operating conditions, hydrogen sulphide was removed from gas mixtures H2S/CH4 and H2S/CO2/CH4, in a pilot plant, by adsorption on molecular sieve 5A. The equilibrium loading, the height of transfer zone, and the length of unused bed were determined from the measured breakthrough curves of H2S. With these data, the breakthrough time and the optimum process conditions were calculated for a practical example.