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Georgia Institute of Technoly, MS in Chem Eng
Case Western Reserve University, BS in Chem Eng
Fiber Adsorbents for t-Butyl Mercaptan Removal from Pipeline Grade Natural Gas Streams
Assess the feasibility of using a fiber sorbent module system to remove t-butyl mercaptan (TBM), a common odorant, from pipeline grade natural gas. Odorants such as mercaptans are added to natural gas for safety reasons, but their combustion products are corrosive and decrease the lifetime of the turbines in which they are combusted. Therefore, it is desirable to remove the odorants to extend this lifetime. Design calculations were performed to optimize and determine the feasibility of fiber modules for TBM removal, as well as assess their advantages over conventional pellet packed beds. An understanding of how critical parameters such as heat and mass transfer resistances, pressure drop, and capital and operating costs are affected by design specifications such as sorbent and bed dimensions, allows an optimal design for the needs of the model turbine to be found.
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