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Volume 43, Issue 3


Separation Performance of Nanostructured Ceramic Membranes: Analytical Model Development

Mashallah Rezakazemi / Saeed Shirazian
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  • Department for Management of Science and Technology Development, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Faculty of Applied Sciences, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Published Online: 2018-06-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jnet-2018-0013


Nanostructured ceramic membranes have shown considerable separation performance. In this work, an analytical model is developed to evaluate the separation performance of porous ceramic membranes in gas separation applications. The model takes into account three layers, i. e., (1) active layer, (2) interlayer, and (3) support layer. For estimation of sorption at the interface of feed stream and membrane, the partition coefficient model was used and the unsteady-state conservation of mass equation coupled to molecular models of the diffusivity coefficient was used to predict the permeation of penetrant hydrogen gas through a ceramic membrane. It was observed that the model can be readily applied to other systems of interest as a predictive tool.

Keywords: hydrogen separation; ceramic membranes; simulation; mechanistic model; nanostructured materials


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About the article

Received: 2018-04-13

Revised: 2018-05-17

Accepted: 2018-05-25

Published Online: 2018-06-14

Published in Print: 2018-07-26

Citation Information: Journal of Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics, Volume 43, Issue 3, Pages 245–253, ISSN (Online) 1437-4358, ISSN (Print) 0340-0204, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jnet-2018-0013.

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