Department of Chemical Engineering

Regenerative oil vapour removal system using ceramic monolithic structures

Department of Chemical Engineering in collaboration with Parker Domnick Hunter Ltd.

regenerative oil vapour removal system

Challenge

Filtration company Parker Domnick Hunter currently manufacture organic vapour removal filter units based on granular adsorbents; however, their research and development team is keen to exploit novel regenerative technology to develop a reusable filter capable of removing oil vapour contaminants from air.

The need for this type of filter is crucial for applications in the food and beverage sector, pharmaceutical manufacturing and in microelectronics, where the presence of oil vapour will lead to the spoiling of products.

Solution

The University has expertise in developing energy efficient, easy-to-use regenerative carbon and ceramic composite structured materials which can be used for the removal of pollutants or for the recovery and reuse of valuable materials.

Through using this expertise and working closely with Parker’s research and development team, our researchers are developing a prototype filter which includes activated carbon hybrid monoliths. This provides a unique opportunity to improve product recovery, a reduction in the size of filter bed and a reduction in the amount of energy required.

 

Benefits and outcomes

The result of this project is a prototype reusable oil vapour filter which will have a lower carbon footprint. The development of regenerative filters will result in fewer being disposed of, allowing industry to overcome environmental issues related to waste generation. The project will ultimately lead to new product development for Parker Domnick Hunter, with the market benefits associated with product research and development.