Published On: Tue, Jun 21st, 2022

Challenge: Reducing Diffusion of Hydrogen Chloride Gas Through a Refractory Barrier


The Seeker operates equipment with a physical barrier of refractory material between a reaction chamber and a combustion chamber. The reaction produces hydrogen chloride gas (HCl) at a high temperature with limited diffusion through the barrier into the combustion chamber.

Laboratory glassware. Image credit: George Hodan via PublicDomainPictures.net, CC0

Laboratory glassware. Image credit: George Hodan via PublicDomainPictures.net, CC0

The Seeker is looking for a solution to reduce this diffusion even further. Solutions must be resistant to the aggressive operating environment of the reactor while maintaining or improving the heat transfer between the chambers.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

Overview

Many processes that produce chemical products rely on the heating of a reaction chamber by a combustion chamber that is physically separated from the reaction chamber by a heat-conducting barrier. If the chemical process produces a gaseous product or by-product, the barrier should be impervious to the gas to prevent contamination of the combustion chamber and its exhaust. The Seeker conducts a process that produces hydrogen chloride gas (HCl) at a high temperature in the reaction chamber. The HCl gas has a limited diffusion through the refractory material of the barrier.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 18-Jul-2022.

Source: InnoCentive