Note: Determination of effective gas diffusion coefficients of stainless steel films with differently shaped holes using a Loschmidt diffusion cell

Astrath, N. G. C.; Shen, J.; Astrath, F. B. G.; Zhou, J.; Huang, C.; Yuan, X. Z.; Wang, H.; Navessin, T.; Liu, Z. S.; Vlajnic, G.; Bessarabov, D.; Zhao, X.
April 2010
Review of Scientific Instruments;Apr2010, Vol. 81 Issue 4, p046104
Academic Journal
In this work, an in-house made Loschmidt diffusion cell is used to measure the effective O2–N2 diffusion coefficients through four porous samples of different simple pore structures. One-dimensional through-plane mass diffusion theory is applied to process the experimental data. It is found that both bulk diffusion coefficient and the effective gas diffusion coefficients of the samples can then be precisely determined, and the measured bulk one is in good agreement with the literature value. Numerical computation of three-dimensional mass diffusion through the samples is performed to calculate the effective gas diffusion coefficients. The comparison between the measured and calculated coefficient values shows that if the gas diffusion through a sample is dominated by one-dimensional diffusion, which is determined by the pore structure of the sample, these two values are consistent, and the sample can be used as a standard sample to test a gas diffusion measurement system.


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