TPMS Contactors Designed with Imprinted Porosity: Numerical Evaluation of Momentum and Energy Transport

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Structured packings in reactors and separation processes have an extensive trait for process intensification such as enhancement in mass and heat transport without having any substantial pressure drop and can now successfully be produced by using additive manufacturing methods such as 3D printing. Structured packings manufactured with triply periodical minimum surfaces (TPMS) have good mixing properties and enhanced thermal transport, but they do not have high surface areas. In this work, we report a new type of hybrid TPMS structure with high surface area while keeping good mixing properties. The new shapes are made by generating solids on the boundaries of a 2D tessellation of polygons over the TPMS surface. The new shapes have a higher surface area than a TPMS and at the same time, a higher porosity. We have evaluated the pressure drop and heat transfer properties of such structures for Reynolds numbers 1–200 in 10 different solids. The results indicate that pressure drop is dominated by porosity. Heat transfer properties however depend also on available surface area and thus are improved in the porous structures.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalIndustrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
StatePublished - Dec 12 2022

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-12-16
Acknowledgements: The research presented in this work was supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Graphical abstract and supplementary journal cover are created by Ivan Gromicho, Scientific Illustrator at Research Communication and Publication Services, Office of the Vice President for Research, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Chemistry
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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