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Analysis of ZLC desorption curves for gaseous systems

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The theoretical model and underlying assumptions used in the analysis of ZLC (zero length column) desorption curves are examined in detail. It is shown that the long time analysis generally yields reliable diffusivity values although, if the initial equilibrium condition is not properly established there will be significant error in the apparent equilibrium constant. The short time analysis is much more sensitive to such errors and a modified way of data analysis is suggested to overcome this problem. Varying the initial equilibration time provides an alternative ZLC experiment that can be used to establish the nature of the rate controlling mass transfer resistance. The utility of this approach is illustrated experimentally for the system C3H8-13X zeolite.

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Brandani, S., Ruthven, D.M. Analysis of ZLC desorption curves for gaseous systems. Adsorption 2, 133–143 (1996).

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