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Publication numberUS3774393 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 27, 1973
Filing dateAug 17, 1971
Priority dateAug 17, 1971
Also published asCA969975A1, DE2240503A1, DE2240503B2, DE2240503C3
Publication numberUS 3774393 A, US 3774393A, US-A-3774393, US3774393 A, US3774393A
InventorsM Bechtold, C Tullock
Original AssigneeDu Pont
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Method of generating power
US 3774393 A
Hydrochlorofluorobenzenes defined by C6HaClbFc wherein a is 1 to 3, b is 2 to 4 and c is 1 to 3 with a + b + c = 6 and a + b = 3 to 5, and mixtures thereof can be used to generate power in a Rankine cycle engine. The compounds are surprisingly thermally stable and have low toxicity.
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United States Patent [1 1 Bechtold et al.

METHOD OF GENERATING POWER Inventors: Max F. Bechtold, Kennett Square;

Charles W. Tullock, Landenberg, both of Pa.

E. l. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Wilmington, Del.

Filed: Aug. 17, 1971 Appl. No.: 172,513


US. Cl. 60/36, 252/67, 260/650 F Int. Cl. F0lk 25/00 Field of Search 60/36; 252/67; 260/650 F References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 6/1962 Tabor et al. 60/36 Nov. 27, 1973 [/1968 Fuller 260/650 2/1966 Buss et al 60/36 Primary Examiner-Martin P. Schwadron Assistant ExaminerAllen M. Ostrager Attorney-D. R. J. Boyd 5 7 1 ABSTRACT Hydrochlorofluorobenzenes defined by C l-l Cl F whereinaislto3,bis2to4andcislto3witha+ 4 Claims, 2 Drawing Figures BOILER I 5 REGENERATOR C CONDENSER PUMP Patented No v.27, 1973' TEMPERATURE F BOILER /5 REGENERATOR 4 l CONDENSER PUMP I ..|....|...l. l 0 m 0.2 0.3




FIELD OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to a method of generating power using the Rankine cycle. More particularly, this invention relates to the use of novelpower fluids in Rankine cycle engines.

THE PRIOR ART External combustion engines operating on the Rankine cycle, typified by steam engines, offer a number of advantages over internal combustion engines including a broader selection of fuel sources and lower atmospheric pollution. For relatively small, and particularly for portable units, water, which is the logical power fluid, is not particularly suitable due to the superheat required for avoidance of vapor droplets, and the difficulty of engine freeze-up in winter. Also, in turbines because the molecular weight of water is low, high efflux velocities are required which render it impracticalto use signal .stage turbines. Then there is a substantial need for higher molecular weight fluids which have a combination of the desirable properties needed for use as a Rankine-cycle power fluid.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention can be defined as a method of generating power in which a working substance is heated and vaporized, does work in a prime mover and after doing said work is condensed. andv recycled,

wherein the working substance consists essentially of at least one halogenated benzene compound having the formula sm b obtained as the products of synthesis. In general all of the isomers of a given compound boil in a narrowrange of temperatures (about 2C) and such mixtures generally exhibit a lower melting point than the pure isomers, while is of advantage in operating the engine.

FIG. 1 is a diagram showing the various stages of a Rankine cycle including an optional regeneration step to optimize the efficiency.

FIG. 2 is a temperature-entropy diagram for a mixture of isomers of trichlorodifluorobenzene.

Turning now to FIG. 1, the working substance is evaporated in the boiler 1. This boiler can be any conventional form of boiler. Boilers of the rotating type wherein the liquid is distributed over a large surface by centrifugal force are particularly efficient thermally and produce high quality vapor. Such boilers are preferred for use with the working substances of the present invention. The vapor then passes to a prime mover such asa turbine 2 when it expands in the turbine nozzles and is employed to a condenser 3 when it is condensed back to the liquid phase. The liquid is then pumped back to the boiler l by pump 4 and thus recycled. With theliquids of the present invention, small air-cooled condensers of high efficiency can be employed. It-is, therefore, desirable to employ a condenser of smaller diameter attached to and rotating with the boiler. The liquid can then be pumped from the condenser to the boiler by centrifugal force. The construction of a particularly preferred system employing a rotating boiler and condenser is taught in the copending commonly assigned patent applications of William A. Doemer, U.S. Pat. No. 3,590,786; and-U.S. Ser. No. 35,712 filedMay s, 1970.

Expansion of the vapor in the prime mover is essentially isentropic. The vapor of the working substances of this invention becomes superheated upon expansion. The efficiency of the cycle can, therefore, be improved by passing the exhaust from the turbine employed as a primemover through a regenerator 5 wherein the excess heat is removed from the vapor and transferred to the boiler feed as taught by U.S. Pat. No. 3,040,528.

In FIG. 2 there is shown the temperature-entropy diagram for a mixture of isomers of trichlorodifluorobenw zene, one of the compositions useful as working fluids in Rankine cycle engines accordingv to the present invention. This mixture contains:

I l,3,5-trichloro-2,4-difluorobenzene l2.2% II l,2,4-trichIoro-3,S-difluorobenzene 58.2% III l,2,3-trichloro-4,5-difluorobenzene 6.3% IV I,2,5 trichloro-3,4-difluorobenzene I5.6% V 2,3,4-trichloro-l,S-difluorobenzene 6.8% VI I,3,4-trichloro 2,S-difluorobenzene 0.9%

However, unlike water which expands on freezing the This invention will be better understood by reference to the drawings whichaccompany this specification. In the drawings:

Power is generated by expansion of the mixture from vapor at a temperature of 621F, psia, point 11 on the diagram, in a turbine. Expansion is-essentially isentropic and the working fluid is cooled, following the line from 11 to 12 to a temperature of433F and 3 psia.

the condenser pressure. The vapor is then cooled at 3 psia, pressure from 433 to 296.8F, the condenser temperature following the line from i2 to 13. The cooling can be conducted in thecondenser, butisprefera bly conducted inaregenerator. The vapor is then condensed to liquid in the'condenser, following the line from 13 to 14 in FIG. 2. The Iiquid'isthen pumped to For the above mixture in this cycle, the following enthalpy values in relation to the liquid at the condenser temperature of 296.8F and pressure, 3 psia have been calculated.

The indicated Rankine cycle thermal efficiency (n cycle) is given by wherein r is the regeneration factor, i.e., the fraction of heat recovered by regeneration. With no regeneration, the above mixture of trichlorodifluorobenzenes has an efficiency in Rankine cycle engines given by With 70 percent regeneration, the Rankine cycle efficiency is increased to The above mixture of isomers of trichlorodifluorobenzene can be made by heating pentachlorobenzene with potassium fluoride in sulfolane (tetramethylene sulfone). The mixture has a critical temperature of 427C (800.7F), a critical pressure of 522.4 p.s.i.a., a boiling point of 203C (397.4F) and a freezing point of about 40C (40F).

If desired the pure isomers can be isolated from the mixture by conventional methods of separation. All of the isomers have essentially the same boiling point and critical temperature. The melting points, however, vary: isomer [1 melts at -13C and isomer IV melts at about 25C. isomer I melts at 155C, 11] at 28C, V at 505C and isomer V] at C.

Of the pure isomers, the novel compound 1V 1,2,5- trichloro-3,4-difluorobenzene, which has the lowest melting point, also has exceptional heat stability.

The above results are typical of the working fluids of the present invention.

For use as working fluids in Rankine cycle engines, a combination of desirable properties is required. The most important of these properties are:

Thermal Stability in Contact with the Usual Materials of Engine Construction This is necessary to permit prolonged operation in a closed system. In particular, any decomposition generating noncondensible gases would blanket and inactivate the condenser or require a constant purging device. Further, decomposition of the working fluid should not produce insulating solid deposits in valves, nozzles, seals or on heat exchanging surfaces.

The working fluids of the present invention have surprising thermal stability and are suitable for use at boiler temperatures of 350C.

Low Toxicity The working fluids are preferably such that inhalation of vapors from accidental breakage or spills should not be damaging to health.

The working fluids of the present invention are essentially non-toxic in acute inhalation tests. For example,

in a typical test six ChR-CD male rats, each weighing 250300 grams, were exposed to the test material in a 20-liter exposure chamber for 4 hours. The test material was metered at a uniform rate by a syringe drive into a stainless steel T tube heated to l50175C through which air was passed to give a concentration of about 1245 ppm and fed to the exposure chamber. The exposed rats were kept 14 days after treatment for observation. During treatment the rats exhibited lachrimation and salivation, with face pawing and gasping. After exposure the rats had a normal weight gain (against a control of untreated rats) over the 14 day observation period. No rats died during this period.

Low Flammability The flammability of the fluids should be as low as possible to minimize the risks of tire.

The working fluids of the resent invention do not support combustion.

High Molecular Weight High molecular weight is particularly beneficial in the construction of low horsepower (i;e., 1000 h.p.) turbine engines, since it permits operation with a single stage turbine at reasonable speeds. For this purpose the molecular weight should be at least 150. The liquids employed in the present invention all have molecular weights of a least 165. and the preferred class of compounds have a molecular weight of at least 199.5.

Boiling Point A particularly severe problem in the design of Rankine cycle engines which are intended to be portable, is in providing efficient condensation. The working fluids of the present invention boil at temperatures in the range of about to 245C, and for the preferred class of fluids from about 200 to 245C. The above ranges are suitable for use with small, air-cooled condensers. Further the compounds can be employed in efficient, subcritical Rankine cycles where the boiler pressure is relatively low so that relatively light weight engines can be constructed.

Liquid Density As mentioned above, rotary boilers in which the working substance is maintained in the liquid state on an extended cylindrical surface by centrifugal force are particularly useful for small Rankine cycle engines. Rotary condensers which have smaller diameter than the boiler and rotate therewith can be employed with advantage, and the centrifugal force employed to pump the liquid (operationally through a regenerator) from the condenser to the boiler. The greater the liquid density of the working substance, the smaller the diameter of the boiler (and consequently of the small engine) which is required at a given speed of rotation or conversely, for a given size of boiler and condenser the slower the rate of rotation required to achieve efficient operation.

The working fluids of the present invention have liquid densities of about 1.4 to 1.7 and are suited for use in rotary boilers and condensers.

Freezing Point The freezing point of fluids employed as working substances in Rankine cycle engines must be well below the operating temperature of the condenser. Preferably the fluids should be liquid at ambient temperature, although, in contrast to water which expands on freezing, organic fluids contract on freezing and thus will not cause rupture of the condenser tubes.

Synthesis Some of the compounds employed as working fluids in the present invention are known compounds. Others can be synthesized by a variety of conventional techniques.

. l0 For compounds in which a l, a mixture of the desired products can be obtainedby heating pentachlorobenzene with potassium fluoride in a polar organic solvent such as sulfolane, methyl sulfone, dimethylformamide, l-methyl-Z-pyrrolidone and the like.

Thus when pentachlorobenzene is heated with potassium fluoride in sulfolane at 233-255 a mixture containing the C HCl F isomers b.p. 244C (in about a percent conversion) and C l-lCl F mixed isomers b.p.

203C (in about a percent conversion) can be obtained. The mixture can be readily separated into the individual isomer mixtures by fractional distillation. Recovery of the pure isomers can in most cases be achieved by chromatographic methods.

Another method is to heat the pentachlorobenzene 25 .with potassium fluoride in the absence of a solvent. At

a temperature of 390C and 10 hours heating a 17 percent conversionto C HCLF and a 22 percent conversion to C l-lCl F is obtained.

For the more highly fluorinated products, partially fluorinated compounds or mixtures thereof can be employed. Thus on heating C HCl F (mixed isomers) with KF in sulfolane at 229 to 250C, a 29 percent conversion to C HCI E, and 13 percent conversion to C l'lCl F is obtained.

Yet another method is to chlorinate partially fluorinated benzenes by refluxing with SO Cl For example Compounds containing more than one hydrogen can also be'made by partial replacement of the chlorine in the corresponding chloro compound with fluorine by potassium fluoride H H H 01 H 01 H F H Cl 01 fgg g F 01 01 01 C1 conversion 01 c1 Pure l,2,4-trichloro-3,S-difluorobenzene may be prepared by the reported literature procedure, G. G. Yakobson, V. E. Platonov, A. K. Petrov, V. S. Kryukova, N. A. Geishtein and N. N. Yorozhtsov, Jr., Zh. Obshch. Khim 36, 2l33 (1966); English translation:

H o H F 01 HilNwNm F 01 C1 C1 143-15o 4.75 hr. 01 01 No, F

This process yielded the pure C HCl F isomer in a 54 percent conversion (the reported literature conversion was -7 percent).

Another route, which leads to a mixture lowest melting C HCl F isomers, follows:

of the two H H H.

01 01 sulfolane F c1 c1 01 O c1 c1 if g fiff 01 01 F 01 (39% over all conversion or 57% yield) These same two lowest melting isomers are obtained in a 11 percent conversion (and in a percentz30 percent isomer ratio rather than the 88 percent: 12 percent ratio) together with I F in a 12.5 percent conversion on heating l,2,4,5- tetrachloro-3-nitrobenzene with potassium fluoride in sulfolane medium at 20823l/l.75 hr.

The following example is provided to illustrate the preparation of the trichlorodifluorobenzenes which are preferred in the practice of this invention.

EXAMPLE A. Preparation of a mixture of isomers of C HCl F In a 2 liter round-bottom flask equipped with a reflux condenser and protected from atmospheric moisture with a tube of Drierito there were placed 300 gm. of pentachlorobenzene, 366 gm. of anhydrous potassium fluoride and 450, ml. of sulfolane (tetramethylene sulfone). The mixture was heated for 4 hours under reflux. The initial pot temperature of 255 C. slowly dropped to 233C. during the heating period. The reflux condenser was then replaced with a short still heat and the crude product was removed by distillation at 200-260C. The crude product thus obtained was steam distilled and the water-insoluble oil in the distil- -l a t e amounting to 2 10 gm. was separated Atmospheric pressure distillation through a 17 inch spinning band column yielded 20.7 gm. of cs c r mixed isomers,

b.p. 16220 -l63C. and 11] gm. of mixed isomers of C HCl F b.p. 202-204C.

Analysis of the trichlorodifluorobenzene mixture by vapor phase chromatography supplemented with nuclear magnetic resonance (F) showed that the mixture contained:

12.2% I 58.2% l 6.3% I 15.6% l, -trichloro-3,4-difluorobenzene B. Partial separation of the mixed isomers A mixture of isomers of C HCl F prepared as described in part A was partially separated in a preheater gas chromatographic column. The column consisted of a stainless steel tube 8 feet in length, 34; inch OD. and

with 0.035 inch wall thickness. The column was packed with diatomaceous earth [Chromasorb W(NAW)] of 45-60 mesh with 25 percent octylphenoxy polyethylene glycol (Triton X 305 The temperature of the column was 150C. and a helium flow of 300 mL/minute was employed. The sample was injected in an amount of 0.5 mL/pass. The first peak, with a retention time of 42.2 minutes, consisted of essentially pure 1,2,5-trichloro3,4-difluorobenzene. A second peak with a retention time of 54.6 minutes, consisted of 75 percent l,2,4-trichloro-3,S-difluorobenzene, percent l,3,5- tn'chloro-2,4-difluorobenzene and 10 percent of 1,2,3- trichlori4,S-difluorobenzene. A third peak with a retention time of 59.7 minutes, consisted of essentially pure 2,3 ,4-trichloro-l ,S-difluorobenzene.

Since obvious modifications and equivalents in the invention will be evident to those skilled in the art, we propose to be bound solely by the appended claims.

The specific embodiments of the invention in which an exclusive property or privilege is claimed are defined as follows:

1. The method of generating power by heating and vaporizing a working substance, expanding said vapor in a prime mover to do work, and after doing said work con-densing said vapor and recycling, wherein said working substance consists essentially of at least one halogenated benzene of the formula C H CI E.

in which a is l to 3 b is 2 to 4 c is l to 3 and a b c 6.

2. The method of claim 1 wherein a is l to 2 b is 3 to 4 and c is l to 2.

3. The method of claim 2 wherein said working substance consists essentially of mixed isomers of trichlorodifluorobenzene.

4. The method of claim 2 wherein the working substance is subjected to centrifugal force during the steps of heating and condensing and is recycled by said centrifugal force.

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U.S. Classification60/647, 570/127, 252/67
International ClassificationC10N40/08, C07C17/20, C10N50/06, F01K25/08, C09K5/04, C10M105/52
Cooperative ClassificationC07C17/208, C09K5/04, F01K25/08
European ClassificationC07C17/20D6, C09K5/04, F01K25/08