Pressure Swing Adsorption, on-site psa nitrogen gas generation
One of the core technologies in many nitrogen gas generators today is Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA), using Carbon Molecular Sieve (CMS) adsorbent. In the process of PSA nitrogen generation, a highly efficient CMS method is used to generate a high purity nitrogen gas from a compressed air source.
What are PSA and CMS?
PSA is an air separation technique that allows the separation of a gas mixture into its individual components by using a solid medium, in this
The CMS is essentially a bed of small carbon beads. When a nitrogen purification column packed with CMS is pressurised with atmospheric air (mainly consisting of nitrogen, oxygen and argon) and moisture, oxygen and moisture are adsorbed by the carbon beads whereas nitrogen is not. This occurs because of the angstrom size of nitrogen and oxygen molecules – the CMS pores are exactly the right size to allow oxygen to enter and adsorb, whereas the nitrogen molecules are too large and pass through the purification column.
PSA using CMS diagram
The PSA process consists of a
- The Adsorption stage, where oxygen, H2O, and CO2 molecules in compressed air are
adsorbedinto the porous structure of the CMS whilst nitrogen molecules pass through the column and into a storage vessel.
- The Regeneration stage where the pressure normalises via rapid depressurisation and the adsorbed molecules are vented to the atmosphere.
This process requires a constant temperature, which is as close to an ambient as conditions will allow (20-25 deg C).
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