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Effect of hydrophilic properties of packings on mass transfer performance of water distillation
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  • Zhiwei Zhang,
  • Zhengliang Zhang,
  • Xubin Zhang,
  • Zheng Wang,
  • Fumin Wang,
  • Guobing Li,
  • Xu Zhang,
  • Xingtao Wang,
  • Qingzhao Liu
Zhiwei Zhang
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Zhengliang Zhang
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Xubin Zhang
Tianjin University
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Zheng Wang
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Fumin Wang
Tianjin University
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Guobing Li
Tianjin University
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Xingtao Wang
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Qingzhao Liu
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Abstract

Water distillation is an effective method for detritiation and deuterium enrichment. This study focuses on the effect of the wettability of the packings surface on the separation performance of the H2O-HDO system. Hydrophilic coatings with different structures are prepared on the surface of copper packings by the method of alkaline erosion and oxidation, and it is found that the hydrophilic coatings with different structures showed different hydrophilic effects. The differences in mass transfer performance of packings with different contact angles are investigated. It is found that with the increase of hydrophilicity, the mass transfer performance of the packing is relatively improved. By combining empirical models of mass transfer and experimental data, a mathematical model for predicting the height of equal plate (HETP) is established to quantify the effect of wetting properties on the mass transfer process.