Cycle à adsorption oscillatoire sous vide pour la récupération du R-32 à partir d'un mélange de frigorigènes R-410A

Translated title of the contribution: Vacuum swing adsorption for R-32 recovery from R-410A refrigerant blend

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The recovery of high purity fluorinated gases from refrigerant blends is vital to promote a circular economy in the field of refrigeration and air conditioning. In this work, we evaluate the performance of a four-step Vacuum Swing Adsorption (VSA) process using activated carbon for the recovery of R-32 (difluoromethane) from a R-410A refrigerant blend: a binary mixture of R-125 (pentafluoroethane) and R-32 (yR−32=0.7; yR−125=0.3). Breakthrough curves were performed using dilute and bulk feed concentrations to determine mass and heat transfer parameters, which were then employed in simulations of fixed-bed adsorber dynamics. The mathematical model employed successfully predicts the experimental results of a four-step VSA cycle (feed, blowdown, purge, pressurization). The VSA performance was evaluated using process simulation. For a cycle time of 800 s (each step taking 200 s) and feed and regeneration pressures of 1.01 and 0.01 bar, respectively, R-32 is obtained with 97.0 mol-% purity and 30.9% recovery, with process productivity of 4.06 mol h−1 per kilogram of adsorbent, and energy consumption of 123.2 kJ/mol. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of using VSA processes for the recovery of R-32 from the near-azeotropic R-410A refrigerant blend.
Translated title of the contributionVacuum swing adsorption for R-32 recovery from R-410A refrigerant blend
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)253-264
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Refrigeration
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


  • Activated carbon
  • Fluorinated gases
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Recycling
  • VSA


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