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Study of the activation energy for transport of water and methanol through a Nafion membrane

By María Paz Godino Gómez, Vicenta María Barragán García, Juan Pedro García Villaluenga, María Amparo Izquierdo Gil, Benjamín Seoane Rodríguez and Carlos Ruiz Bauzá

Abstract

This study investigates the influence of different operating parameters in the transport of water and methanol through a Nafion membrane when it is used to separatewater fromamethanol–water solution. For this purpose, measurements of mass flux and concentration change have been performed at different values of circulation velocity, concentration of themethanol–water solutions and temperature conditions. From the experimental data, thewater and methanol partial fluxes have been estimated, and itwas found that the water flux is always lower than the methanol flux, but it cannot be neglected. Whereas total and methanol fluxes seem to have predictable and similar behaviors, the water flux seems to be less predictable and it exhibits a very distinct behavior.\ud Methanol and water permeabilities have been calculated, and from these values the activation energy of methanol and water fluxes in the membrane has been estimated. The results have been discussed in terms of the methanol and water solubilities in the membrane

Topics: Termodinámica
Publisher: Elsevier Science SA
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.cej.2009.03.022
OAI identifier: oai:www.ucm.es:20495
Provided by: EPrints Complutense
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