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Use of an arc plasma system to separate gases.
Hollis-DL Jr.; Davis-BE; McLendon-JT
Tuscaloosa, AL: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9354, 1991 Jan; :1-11
An arc plasma reactor, constructed and used for studying extractive metallurgical processing, was adapted by the U.S. Bureau of Mines to separate gases of different masses by using the high rate of plasma rotation. With argon and helium as input gases, peripheral reactor outlet ports had a measured average increase of about 10 pct in argon concentration relative to helium with the plasma on compared with plasma off for the same gas inlet concentrations in both cases. Approximately the same average increase in argon concentration occurred from the peripheral outlet port compared with a central outlet probe with the plasma on. There was no difference with the plasma off.
Centrifuges; Argon-plasma; Helium-plasma; Concentration-composition; Rare-gases; Gas-analysis; Arc-spraying; Separation; Metallurgy
IH; Report of Investigations
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Tuscaloosa, AL: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 9354
University of Alabama
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