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Publication numberUS1498393 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 17, 1924
Filing dateSep 26, 1921
Priority dateSep 26, 1921
Publication numberUS 1498393 A, US 1498393A, US-A-1498393, US1498393 A, US1498393A
InventorsMceachron Karl B
Original AssigneeTrustees For Purdue University
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Apparatus and process for producing combinations of gases
US 1498393 A
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Filed Sept. 26. 1921 F I I Patented nlune 17, 1924.

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Application filed September 26, 1921.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, KARL B. MoEAoHRoN, a citizen of the United States, residing at La Fayette, in the county of Tippecanoe and State of Indiana, have invented new and useful Improvements in Apparatus and Process for Producing Combinations of Gases, of which the following is a full,'clear, concise, and exact description, reference being had to the accompanying drawing forming a part of this specification.

This invention relates to an improved apparatus and process for producing combinations of gases and more particularly for an improved process and apparatus of this character to obtain gas combinations from the air through the agency of electrical discharges. I 2

The apparatuses used for combining gases through the agency of electrical discharges are commonly known in the art as discharge tubes. substantially all of these tubes operate consists in impressing upon the air or other gas passing through the tube a sui'hcient electrical potential to cause the air to break down more or less completely to effect a recombination of the gases and to so arrange the electrical circuit that electrical 3 arcs will not occur.

character generally take the form of two metal surfaces which are separated from one another by a distance the len th of which is determined by the voltage W ich is to be impressed upon the apparatus.

It is common practice in the art to place between these two metal surfaces a dielectric of some character, such as porcelain, glass, bakelite, or the like, which dielectric 4 will be unaffected by the chemical products formed by the discharge, and which dielectric is sufliciently strong to prevent a weakening and consequent rupture.

It is one of the objects of this invention.

to provide an improved apparatus and process ofthis kind in which the gas combination in the apparatus is more efliciently accomplished, and in which the space between the discharge plates or electrodes is. sub- WO stantially'filled with a discontinuous dielectric.

Another object of the invention consists in the provision of an improved apparatus to more efliciently effect the combination of gases by' electrical discharges, and in which The principle upon which Apparatuses of this I Serial No. 503,123.

for the production of nitric oxides from the 1 air, or may be used for the combination of other gases which, when passed through the discharge tube and subjected to the proper conditions of temperature and pressure, as well as electric voltage and frequency and other variables such as the presence of impurities, in moisture content of the incoming gas, etc., will result in the combinations desired.

For the purposes of description the invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which- Fig. 1 is a view in perspective of the complete apparatus;

Fig. 2 is a longitudinal section of the right end thereof;

Fig. 3 is a longitudinal section of the left end thereof; and,

Fig. 4 is a view in cross-section of the apparatus taken on the plan indicated b the line 4-4 in Fig. 3.

The invention is :obviously not limited to the specific embodiment illustrated in these drawings, which are illustrative only, for the purpose of describing one of the preferred methods for practicing the improved process.

As illustrated in the drawings, the ap-' paratus consists of two metallic tubes 8 and 9, preferably made of aluminum. The outer tube 9 is preferably covered with some suitable insulating means such as 9. These tubes 8 and 9 are concentrically arranged, and positioned between said tubes is the porcelain tube 10. The two tubes 8 and 9,

together with the tube 10 form the two gas conducting chambers 11 and 12. The porcelain tube 10 constitutes a solid dielectric barrier between the tubes 8 and 9. The use of this dielectric barrier is not essential in the operation of the apparatus and process and consequently can be used or dispensed with as operating conditions warrant. The apparatus will operate without this dielectric barrier porcelain tube 10. In the specific apparatus herein described the porcelain tube 10 serves to form the two gas conducting chambers 11 and 12, whereby the air which is subjected to the electrical discharge v be conducted through one chamber, or example 11, and then returned through nber 12. the tube 19 were not zed the gas conducting chambers 11 and would be united into one large chamber air could only be conducted ough this chamber in one direction not be conducted through the cham- 11 and then returned through the chamber 12, thereby being sub ected to the electrical discharge for two pasges through the apparatus, as hereinafter ribed. he aluminum tube 9 is supported on the porcelain tube at either end of said tube l3 paraffin treated wooden disk such as This disk is provided with grooves, such as 15, at its inner end in order to increase the surface resistance of the block,

and thus prevent electrical discharge at this point. The aluminum tube 9 is further supported. on the porcelain tube 10 by an insulating disk 16, which disk is sealed to the tubes 9 and 10 and the block 14 by any suitable form of sealing compound, whereby airtight joint is obtained between these tubes.

The tube 10 is supported. on the tube 8 by a similar paraffin treated wooden disk 17 and said disk 17 is sealed to the tubes 8 and 10 by a suitable sealing compound to obtain an airtight connection. The disks 15 and 16 are fitted with suitable perforations, preferably four in number, to permit the entrance of the tubes, such as 18, through which the air is permitted to enter and leave the chamber 11. In a like manner the disks 1'? are provided with suitable perforations to receive the tube 19 in which the air is fed to and removed from the chamber 12. @bviously any number of these tubes 18 and 19 may be used, and the design of the apparatus for supplying the air to and removing the air from the chambers in which it is submitted to the electrical discharge can take any one of the large number of commercial forms, depending upon commercial operating conditions and the degree of uniformity of distribution of air entering and leaving the tube which is desired.

The air conducting chambers 11 and 12 are filled with a plurality of rods such as 20, which rods are preferably made of glass. These rods, however, may be made of any dielectric material and the chambers 11 and 12, instead of being filled with rods, can be filled with glass beads, broken pieces of glass tubing or any other form or character of dielectric, and substantially the same results can be obtained. The important feature in the operation of the improved process and apparatus resides in substantially filling the chambers 11 and 12 wrtn some term of discontinuous dielectric.

Tn the operation of the apparatus the out er aluminum tube 9 is preferably grounded as indicated at 22. W hen this tube is grounded a transformer such as diagrammatically illustrated at 23, or anyiother source electrical supply, has one of its terminals grounded as indicated at 24, and the other terminal of the source of supply is connected to the inner aluminum tube 8. To

increase the creepage distance between the tube 8 and the tube 9, it is ordinarily desir able to use an insulating collar, such as 2? which, as is well known to those skilled in. the art, increases the amount of surface resistance between these two tubes. The source of electrical energy supplied to the transformer may be of any character with respect to potential, frequency, etc., depending upon the operating conditions and the ultimate results which are desired. The source of electrical supply is preferably generator such as is diagrammatically illus trated at 26. If desired, the apparatus may also be operated with direct current. ift it is not desired to ground the outer tube 9, as indicated at 22, the other side of the circuit can be connected to this outer tube, as well known to those skilled in the art.

Vfith the connections as illustrated in Fig. 3, a difference of potential will exist between the tubes 8 and 9, depending upon the .voltage of the source. When the potential is raised to the value necessary for the successful operation of the particular gas that is being operated upon the spaces between the porcelain tube and the glass rods 20 and between the glass rods 20 and the aluminum tubes 8 and 9, and also between the glass rods themselves will be filled with an electrical discharge, which discharge is effective in breaking down the molecules of the gas flowing through the apparatus, and thereby allowing new chemical combinations to take place. Thus for example, when air is passing through the apparatus by properly adjusting the electrical potential and the temperature and pressure of the air, ozone will be generated and some of the air which enters the apparatus at one set'of tubes 18 will leave the apparatus at the opposite set of tubes 19 as ozone. The flow of the gas through the apparatus is indicated by the arrows on Figures 1, 2 and 3, from which it will be evident that the gas enters through the tube 30, passing through the tubes 18 to the outer chamber 11, through said chamber and by the glass rods 20 in said chamher to the other end of said chamber 11, then through tubes 18 to the inter-connecting tube 31, then by the way of tubes 19 into the second chamber 12 by the second set of glass rods-2O out through the tubes 19 to the discharge tube 32.

@bviously "the direction and manner of flow f gas just described through the apparatus is merely illustrative since the gas may be passed through the apparatus in the opposite direction, or the manner of passing the gas through the apparatus can be changed completely from that described without affecting the operation. In passing the gas through the apparatus it is merely essential that said gas be subjected to the electrical discharge taking place in either chambers 11 and 12, or in both of said chambers operated either in series or parallel. The glass rods in said chambers serve to give very intimate contact between the gas to be treated and the electrical discharge. Since these rods are made of a dielectric material whose dielectric constant is higher than that of air, the dielectric flux finds a more ready path through the glass rods and there is a resultant intense concentration of flux surrounding each rod which produces an intensified electrical discharge which is desirable for the breaking down of the molecules of the air and the recombination of the gases. Without the use of these glass rods, or some other discontinuous dielectric,

an apparatus of the character described,

when operated in the manner outlined, would give a good many static sparks, which sparks would in some cases interfere more or' less with the operation of the tube and would prevent the formation of good yields of the combined gas ultimately desired. In the manufacture of ozone the production of these static sparks is extremely detrimental.

The velocity at which the gas is passed through the apparatus will depend upon the ultimate combined gas which is desired. The

velocity of the gas through the apparatus affects the ultimate concentration of the ment thereof herein illustrated and described, but are capable of many variations and other applications Within the spirit and scope of the invention as set out in the appended claims.

What I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States is:

1. The process of combining gases by electrical discharge, which consists in passing the gas which is to be disintegrated and recombined between electrodes and through confined space which is substantially filled with a discontinuous dielectric, which dielec trio is arranged so as to permit the gases to circulate around said dielectric.

4. The process of combining gases by electrical discharge, which consists in passing the gas which is tobe disintegrated and recombined between electrodes, and tlirough a confined space-which contains a plurality of dielectric bodies.

5. The process of combining gases-by electrical discharge which consists in passing the gas which is to be disintegrated and recombined between electrodes and through a confined space which contains a plurality of glass rods. v

6. The process of combining gases by electrical discharge" which consists in passing the gas which is to be disintegrated and recombined between electrodes, said electrodes being separated by a solid dielectric barrier, and a discontinuous dielectric.

7. In a device of the character described, in combination, a gas conducting container, means for supplying a difference of electricalpotential toopposite walls of said container, and a discontinuous dielectric positioned between the walls of said container.

8. In a device of the character described,- in combination, a gas conducting container, means for supplying a difference of electrical potential to opposite walls of said container, a dielectric barrier separating said 110 walls and a discontinuous dielectric positioned between said barrier and said walls.

9. In a device of the character described, in combination, a gas conducting container, means for supplying a difference of electrical potential to opposite walls of saidcontainer, and a plurality of dielectric bodies positioned between the Walls of saidcontainer.- I

10. In a device of the character described, 120 in combination, electrical conductors comprising the inner and outer' walls of the container, a dielectric barrier positioned between said walls, gas conducting chambers positioned between each;of said walls and said barrier, a discontinuous dielectric positioned in each of said chambers, and means for producing a difference of electrical potential between the said'walls.

11. In a device of the character described,

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U.S. Classification204/176, 422/186.19, 422/186.7, 422/186.15
International ClassificationB01J19/08
Cooperative ClassificationB01J19/088
European ClassificationB01J19/08D2