Membranes Made of Hardened Cement Paste for Processing Wood Gas—Influence of Paste Composition on Separation Factors

  • Gregor J. G. Gluth
  • Maria Gaggl
  • Weiqi Zhang
  • Bernd Hillemeier
  • Frank Behrendt


The efficiency of wood gasification can be improved by applying membrane based gas separation operations in several of its sub-processes. In the present study the use of membranes made of hardened cement pastes for this purpose was investigated to provide a low cost alternative to conventional membrane materials. The pastes were tested for their diffusional properties in a Wicke-Kallenbach cell and analyzed with regard to their pore structure. The use of low water to binder ratios and slag and/or pozzolans led to a finer pore structure and higher separation factors; in particular, an approximately linear dependence of the separation factors on the threshold radii was observed. The results implicated that Knudsen diffusion is the prevailing diffusion mechanism in the membranes. Deviations from the theoretically expected separation factors were found, which may be ascribed to concentration polarization and channeling effects.


Hardened cement paste Pore structure Diffusion Gas separation 


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This work was funded by the Fachangentur nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (Agency for Renewable Resources) under grant no. 22010502.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregor J. G. Gluth
    • 1
  • Maria Gaggl
    • 2
  • Weiqi Zhang
    • 2
  • Bernd Hillemeier
    • 3
  • Frank Behrendt
    • 2
  1. 1.BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Division 7.4Technology of Construction MaterialsBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Energy EngineeringTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Institute for Civil EngineeringTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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