What if there was a way to enrich liquids with gases of interest, in a controlled manner?
Biotech Fluidics offers high-efficiency in line degassing equipment to obtain >90% removal of dissolved gasses from liquids, employing vacuum-based degassing. Some applications, however, require the opposite, i.e. enrichment of certain gasses in given liquids. Utilizing the reversed principle of vacuum-based degassing, we here present new insight on the vacuum-chamber, which can evidently be used to enrich fluids with gases of interest. By applying an over-pressure of a given gas on the chamber, through which your fluid of interest is pumped, the amount of dissolved gas can be substantially increased, allowing you to regulate the gas content in a highly controlled manner.
The principle was demonstrated by pumping tap water through a 9000-1523 degassing chamber with and without over-pressure of air (0.15 MPa). As expected, the enrichment of oxygen is highly temperature dependent, while the flowrate displays a negligible impact. With the current setup, the amount of dissolved oxygen could easily be increased by 100%, corresponding to an absolute enrichment of approximately 6.7 mg/ml at 10 °C and 7 ml/min. Due to lower solubility of gasses at high temperatures, the enrichment was 2.6 mg/ml at 50 °C and 7 ml/min, yet corresponding to 67% increase.
This shows the dual functionality of the vacuum chamber, which appears to be not only great for degassing purposes, but is also a terrific device for dissolved gas enrichment. Using such a chamber you can now easily add an in-line mechanism to your setup to boost the solutions with gasses of interest.
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Experimental details: 0.15 MPa overpressure of air was applied on a 9000-1523 degassing chamber, through which regular tap water at various temperatures was pumped at 7 ml/min and 14 ml/min respectively. The amount of dissolved oxygen was monitored continuously before and after the pressurized chamber.