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CE 540 Adsorptive Air Drying Show data sheet (pdf file) Print page
CE 540 - A product from the GUNT 2E range
Technical Description

  The CE 540 has been specifically designed to enable the complex theoretical principles of adsorption processes to be explained clearly and comprehensibly by means of experimentation.
  A compressor draws in ambient air. The air flows through the water bath of a humidifier and thereafter has a relative humidity of 100%. Before the air flows from below into the adsorption column, its relative humidity and temperature are set using a heater. The humid air flows through the adsorbent (silica gel), which is placed as a fixed bed inside a transparent column. The quantity of humidity contained in the air is adsorbed in the process. The adsorbent contains an indicator. The colour of this indicator shows the position of the mass transfer zone (MTZ). The air dried in this way exits the column and flows out into the open.

  To regenerate the adsorbent, ambient air is drawn in by a second compressor. The air is heated and flows from above into the column. This desorption process can also be observed through the transparent column. The trainer enables simultaneous investigation of the adsorption and desorption processes. Once the capacity of the adsorbent in one column is exhausted, the humid air is fed through a second column with regenerated adsorbent to dry it.

  A circuit system featuring a pump and a refrigeration system is provided to adjust the temperature of the water bath in the humidifier. The temperature and humidity of the air being dried are adjusted by software. The flow rates of the two airflows can be adjusted by valves.

  By recording the relative humidities and temperatures at all relevant points, the two processes can be fully balanced. The measured values are recorded by software. The software permits the adsorption and desorption processes to be depicted in a h-ω diagram and enables breakthrough curves to be plotted.


Learning Objectives / Experiments

- fundamental principle of adsorption and desorption
- investigation of the variables influencing adsorption

  and desorption
  * airflow rates
  * air humidity and temperature
  * bed height of adsorbent
- depiction of the processes in a h-ω diagram
- plotting of breakthrough curves and determination

  of breakthrough time


* Adsorptive drying of humid air1
* Continuous process with regeneration of adsorbent1
* Transparent columns and adsorbent with indicator

  to observe the mass transfer zone1
* LabVIEW software with control functions and data



[1] continuous adsorptive air drying
[2] 2 columns for alternating charging and regeneration of the adsorbent
[3] observation of mass transfer zone by using transparent columns and adsorbent with indicator
[4] 2 compressors to deliver the feed air and regenerative air out of the ambient atmosphere
[5] humidification of the feed air by flowing through a water bath
[6] circular system with pump and refrigeration system to adjust the water bath temperature
[7] adjustment of relative humidity and temperature of feed air by heater
[8] heater for temperature adjustment of the regenerative air
[9] adjustment of regenerative air and feed air flow rates by valves
[10] LabVIEW software with control functions and data acquisition via USB under Windows XP or Windows Vista


Technical Data

2 columns
- diameter: approx. 80mm
- height: approx. 800mm
2 compressors
- max. positive pressure: 1bar
- max. flow rate: 8m/h
Humidifier pump
- max. flow rate: 600L/h
- max. head: 1.5m
Refrigeration system
- refrigerating capacity: 395W at temperature
  difference 10K / 250L
2 electric air heaters
- power output (feed air): approx. 160W
- power output (regeneration): approx. 500W

Measuring ranges
- flow rate: 2x 1...10Nm/h
- air temperature: 3x 0...50C; 2x 0...120C
- air humidity: 4x 0...100% rel.
- water temperature: 1x 0...50C


Dimensions and Weight
LxWxH: 1.385x750x1.890mm
Weight: approx. 150kg
Required for Operation

230V, 50/60Hz, 1 phase or 230V, 60Hz/CSA, 3 phases

Scope of Delivery

1 trainer
1 packing unit of silica gel E

1 hose

1 set tools
1 LabVIEW software CD + USB cable
1 set of instructional material

Order Details
083.54000  CE 540  Adsorptive Air Drying
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