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Ox02d: regeneration of drying columns + 3 l/min 100% oxygen!

This new 2-column setup is getting closer to commercial devices in terms of production rate and size. Again we are only using one timeswitch (4s ON/4s OFF). We are using two drying columns (filled with silica gel) in this setup: The first before the inlet into the control valve and the second one regenerating by connecting it to the dry exhaust coming from the depressurizing zeolite column. To regenerate the first column, we simply switch both drying columns manually. We are using LiX zeolite purchased from Zeochem GmbH

Schematics

  • Special requirements:
    • 2 Needle check valves + 1 Needle valve
    • Time switch
    • 5/2 directional control valve
  • Feed: 3 bar compressed air

Parameters&Performance

  • Column housing = Reverse Osmosis Membrane housing
  • 250g LiX in each column
  • Valves: Festo, Switching controller: Time switch
  • 100% oxygen in outlet stream (3 l/min) using pressurized air (3 bar) in input.
  • Switching cycle : 4s ON/4s OFF

Additional information

  • List of components + cost estimation coming soon

8 Comments

  1. 1.Hay alguna influencia si la cápsula de zeolita sea de metal como el acero inoxidable o necesitas ser de plástico.

  2. 2. En que consiste las columnas secadoras A y B y en que influyen en el rendimiento del equipo saludos cordiales amigos

    • Las unidades de secado contienen gel de sílice y secan el aire a presión antes de introducirlo en las columnas de zeolita. Esto ayuda a garantizar una operación a largo plazo.

  3. Hi !

    Could You provide more info

    – content material for drying bed ?
    – the need of needle valves ? in the video they are passive ?

    BR,

    Jesse

    • Hi Jesse,

      We used pink silica gel in the drying bed
      The two needles in the needle check valve are slightly open to allow back-flow in to the zeolite column, when the other one is producing oxygen. That way, we accumulate oxygen at the end of the two zeolite columns and push back nitrogen. The second needle valve is controlling the output flow from the oxygen tank. I hope it is clear.

      Best
      Julian

    • Zeolite is a very stable inorganic material. However taking up water can reduce the N2 adsorbing effect and therefore water needs to be removed periodically

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