DD 250 Diffusion Dryer

The Diffusion Dryer Model DD 250 is designed as a general-purpose aerosol dryer. A water trap at the inlet of the dryer removes coarse water droplets. The aerosol is then passed through a removable cartridge containing the silica gel. The cartridge is formed by two concentric cylinders, an inner fine wire mesh screen and an outer wire mesh screen.

How it works

As the aerosol goes through the inner cylinder of the cartridge, the water vapor diffuses into the silica gel through the mesh screen. Silica gel is an amorphous form of silicon dioxide, which is synthetically produced in the form of hard irregular granules or hard irregular beads. A micro porous structure of interlocking cavities gives a very high surface area (800 square meters per gram). It is this structure that makes silica gel a high capacity desiccant. Water molecules adhere to the gels surface because it exhibits a lower vapor pressure than the surrounding air. When pressure equilibrium is reached, no more adsorption occurs. The beauty of silica gel is the physical adsorption of water vapor into its internal pores. There is no chemical reaction, no by products or side effects. Even when saturated with water vapor, silica gel still has the appearance of a dry product, its shape unchanged. The silica gel is easily regenerated in an oven at 250°F for three hours.

Particle loss is minimized because the aerosol particles do not come into contact with the silica gel.

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Product Specifications
Flow rate 4 L/min
Maximum pressure 415 kPa (60 psig)
Desiccant Type Silica gel (orange, green when saturated)
Capacity 0.250 kg
Fittings CPC Quick Disconnect Coupling with hose barb for ¼” ID tubing
Length (without fittings) 28.2 cm (11.1 in)
Diameter (cylinder only) 5.67 cm (2.23 in)
Weight (with one cartridge) 0.57 kg (1.26 lb)