Equilibrium data for propane and propylene adsorption on a carbon molecular sieve (CMS) 4A from Takeda are presented in the temperature range 343-423 K and 0-300 kPa pressure. The pellet adsorption loading is 0.9 mol/kg for propane and 1.2 mol/kg for propylene at 100 kPa and 373 K. The equilibrium selectivity for propylene in the low-pressure range are 2.3 (343 K) and 1.7 (423 K). Experimental data were fitted with the Toth and Dubinin models. Zero length column (ZLC) technique has been used to determine the controlling mechanism and estimate the diffusivity parameters. Transport of both hydrocarbons in the pellets is controlled by micropore diffusion. Breakthrough curves were measured in the same temperature range and atmospheric pressure, at the low partial pressure of adsorbate (linear region of the isotherm). Simple models have been used in the simulation of breakthrough curves. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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