Title of Invention

HUMIDITY AND / OR HEAT EXCHANGE DEVICE WITH NANO - ZEOLITE COATING

Abstract The invention relates to a humidity- and/or heat-exchange device, for example a plate heat exchanger a sorption rotor, an adsorption dehumidifying rotor or the similar, provided with humidity- and/or heat-exchange surfaces which make it possible to introduce humidity and/or heat into a fluid flow and/ or to remove them therefrom and /or to exchange said humidity and/or heat between fluid flows. The inventive device is also provided with a coating, which makes it possible to cover said humidity and heat exchange surfaces and consists of a zeolithe material and a bonding agent. In order to improve the performance of the humidity- and/or heat-exchange device, the zeolithe material is embodied in the form of a synthetic nano-zeolithe consisting of particles whose size is < 1000 nm.
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THE PATENT ACT 1970 (39 of 1970)
The Patents Rules, 2003 COMPLETE SPECIFICATION
(See Section 10, and rule 13)
1. TITLE OF INVENTION
HUMIDITY AND/OR HEAT EXCHANGE DEVICE, e.g. A PLATE HEAT
EXCHANGER, SORPTION ROTOR, ADSORPTION DEHUMIDIFYING ROTOR OR THE
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2. APPLICANT(S)
a) Name
b) Nationality
c) Address
AND

KLINGENBURG GMBH GERMAN Company BOYSTRASSE 115, 45968 GLADBECK, GERMANY



a) Name
b) Nationality
c) Address

NANOSCAPE AG GERMAN Company BUTENANDTSTRASSE 813 77 MUENCHEN, GERMANY

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3. PREAMBLE TO THE DESCRIPTION
The following specification particularly describes the invention and the manner in which it is to be performed : -

The invention relates to a humidity and/or heat exchange device, e.g. a plate heat exchanger, a sorption rotor, an adsorption dehumidifying rotor or the like, provided with humidity and/or heat exchange surfaces which make it possible to introduce humidity and/or heat into a fluid flow and/or to remove them therefrom and/or to exchange said humidity and/or heat between fluid flows, and with a coating with which the humidity and heat exchange surfaces are coated and which consists of a zeolite material and a bonding agent.
Humidity and/or heat exchange devices of this type are often used to bring rooms to a moderate temperature and air-condition them. In addition, other industrial applications for humidity and/or heat exchange devices of this type are also provided.
Humidity and/or heat exchange devices of this type that are known from the prior art have the disadvantage, in particular when humidity is to be removed from a fluid flow or when a fluid flow is to be acted upon with humidity, that the adsorption process and/or the desorption process which takes place or take place in the humidity and/or heat exchange device, require(s) too much time, as a result of which the capacities of such humidity and/ or heat exchange devices that are possible per se cannot be realized. Furthermore, the surfaces of the coatings exposed to the fluid flows often exhibit a roughness, the result of which is that particles contained in the fluid flows accumulate, which leads to a considerable loss in the efficiency of corresponding devices or often requires comparatively expensive cleaning and maintenance measures. Moreover, there is often the difficulty of fixing the coating to the material forming the structure or the matrix of the humidity and/or heat exchange device.
Based on the aforementioned prior art, the object of the invention is to create a humidity and/or heat exchange device, e.g. a plate heat exchanger, a sorption rotor, an adsorption dehumidifying rotor or the like, in which the aforementioned
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disadvantages are avoided and, moreover, which can be produced with a comparatively low technical/structural expenditure.
According to the invention, this object is solved in that a synthetic nano-zeolite, which consists of particles having a particle size of 3

If the plates of plate heat exchangers are provided with the coating according to the invention, it can be attained that a liquid, which is to evaporate on the one side of the heat exchanger plate in order to provide cooling energy on the other side of the same heat exchanger plate, is distributed very uniformly on the side of the heat exchanger plate having the coating, so that there is a uniform distribution of cooling energy over its surface on the other side of the same heat exchanger plate. This uniform distribution originates from the fact that, due to the coating of the invention, the liquid drops which strike are distributed very uniformly over the side of the heat exchanger plate having the coating of the invention.
According to an advantageous embodiment of the humidity and/or heat exchange device of the invention, the nano-zeolite is selected such that it has a homogeneous pore size distribution with a pore diameter of For the operation of analogously formed humidity and/or heat exchange devices, it is useful if the thickness of the formed coating formed according to the invention is 0.2 to 100, preferably 1 to 2 u (10"6m).
An especially advantageous embodiment of the humidity and/or heat exchange device according to the invention is obtained if an adsorption dehumidifying rotor is made from a paper material suitable therefore and the material matrix that forms the humidity or heat exchange surfaces of this adsorption dehumidifying rotor is impregnated with a suspension containing the synthetic nano-zeolite.
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This impregnation can be carried out as long as or to such an extent that - after drying - the material matrix of the adsorption dehumidifying rotor consists of at least 30, preferably 40 to 80% by weight of the nano-zeolite material according to the invention.
Of course, it is also possible to use the coating according to the invention if the material matrix of the humidity and/or heat exchange device is made of other suitable materials, e.g. aluminum foils, ceramic materials or the like.
A dispersion adhesive, e.g. aery late brine, with an admixture of perhaps colloidal silicon dioxide can be used as a bonding agent. The corresponding bonding agent can also be advantageously used in other materials forming the coating.
The invention will be described in greater detail in the following with reference to embodiments.
In a first example of an embodiment, a humidity and/or heat exchange device formed as an adsorption dehumidifying rotor is provided with the coating according to the invention consisting of a synthetic nano-zeolite having a particle size in the range of 300 ran. A material matrix of the adsorption dehumidifying rotor consists of a suitable paper material. To introduce the nano-zeolite into the material matrix of the adsorption dehumidifying rotor, the adsorption dehumidifying rotor is impregnated with a suspension which contains the nano-zeolite in the desired particle size. After drying the adsorption dehumidifying rotor, its final weight consists of approximately 50% by weight of nano-zeolite.
In comparison to conventional zeolite materials, the zeolite material used for impregnating the material matrix of the adsorption dehumidifying rotor with particles in nanocrystalline form has considerably quicker adsorption / desorption kinetics. The specific surface of the nano-zeoite according to the invention is larger than in other conventional zeolite materials. The crystalline nano-zeolite forming the
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coating of the adsorption dehumidifying rotor is comparatively uniform with respect to its pore size and can be designed such that the coating has a uniform pore size with a diameter of e.g. 0.4 ran. Due to this design of the structure of the coating, it can be ensured that the adsorption dehumidifying rotor is permanently protected against accumulating odor-forming molecules, whereas water vapor molecules can be easily absorbed and given off.
Due to the quick adsorption/desorption kinetics, the cooling capacity to be installed for the operation of an adsorption dehumidifying rotor of this type in particular in tropical climates, can be considerably reduced, namely up to about 50%.
After its cooling, the adsorption dehumidifying rotor described above has a uniformly smooth surface; as a result, it is not very susceptible to possible contamination.
The coating can be variably formed with respect to its surface chemistry. It can be applied by means of spin coating and dip coating techniques.
Due to the small and uniform particle size, the coating has a very large specific surface and it can be applied to diverse surfaces.
A colloidal acrylate polymer and a colloidal, amorphous silicon dioxide which is surface-stabilized with sodium ions can be used as bonding agent.
Sorption rotors, whose material matrix consists of other materials, e.g. of aluminum, can also be provided with the aforementioned coating whereby similar advantages result as described above in connection with an adsorption dehumidifying rotor with a material matrix of a paper material.
Due to the small particle size, a relatively high packing density is produced for the coating and, consequently, the layer thicknesses can be comparatively slight. A layer
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thickness of approximately 1 to 2 ^i (10"6m) is sufficient in the embodiment described above.
Furthermore, it is possible to use the coating in e.g. plate heat exchangers. When the coating consisting of the aforementioned crystalline nano-zeolite is applied to a side of a heat exchanger plate, it can be attained by this coating that the moistening agent used to moisten this side of the heat exchanger plate is distributed more uniformly on this side of the heat exchanger plate, which is due to the fact that drops striking the coating are distributed more uniformly due the structure of the coating. As a result, uniform vaporization heat is required on the side of the heat exchanger plate having this coating, which results in that a fluid flow which flows past on the other side of the heat exchanger plate is cooled as desired. In this application of the coating also, the same or similar advantages as those described in association with the adsorption dehumidifying and sorption rotor can be obtained.
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WE CLAIM:
1. A humidity and/or heat exchange device, e.g. a plate heat exchanger, a sorption rotor, an adsorption dehumidifying rotor or the like, provided with humidity and/or heat exchange surfaces which make it possible to introduce humidity and/or heat into a fluid flow and/or to remove them therefrom and/or to exchange said humidity and/or heat between fluid flows, and with a coating with which the humidity and heat exchange surfaces are coated and which consists of a zeolite material and a bonding agent, characterized in that the zeolite material is formed as synthetic nano-zeolite having a particle size of 2. The humidity and/or heat exchange device according to claim 1, wherein the nano-zeolite is selected such that it has a homogeneous pore size distribution with a pore diameter of 3. The humidity and/or heat exchange device according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the particles of the zeolite material are present in a nano-crystalline form.
4. The humidity and/or heat exchange device according to any one of the claims 1 to 3, wherein the thickness of the coating is 0.2 to 100, preferably 1 to 2 u (10-&m).
5. The humidity and/or heat exchange device according to any one of the claims 1 to 3, the himidity and/or heat exchange surfaces of which are made of paper materials and which are impregnated with a suspension containing the synthetic nano-zeolite.
6. The humidity and/or heat exchange device according to claim 5, which, after its impregnation with or in the suspension containing the synthetic non-
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zeolite, consists of at least 30, preferably 40 to 80% by wight of nano-zeolite material.
7. The humidity and/or heat exchange device, preferably according to any one of the claims 1 to 6, wherein the bonding agent contains dispersion adhesives, such as e.g. acrylate brines, to which colloidal SiO2 can be added.
Dated this 25th day of July, 2007


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ABSTRACT
The invention relates to a humidity- and/or heat-exchange device, for example a plate heat exchanger a sorption rotor, an adsorption dehumidifying rotor or the similar, provided with humidity- and/or heat-exchange surfaces which make it possible to introduce humidity and/or heat into a fluid flow and/ or to remove them therefrom and /or to exchange said humidity and/or heat between fluid flows. The inventive device is also provided with a coating, which makes it possible to cover said humidity and heat exchange surfaces and consists of a zeolithe material and a bonding agent. In order to improve the performance of the humidity- and/or heat-exchange device, the zeolithe material is embodied in the form of a synthetic nano-zeolithe consisting of particles whose size is To,
The Controller of Patents,
The Patent Office,
Mumbai
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Documents:

1121-mumnp-2007-abstract(10-6-2009).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-abstract(granted)-(29-4-2011).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-abstract.doc

1121-mumnp-2007-abstract.pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-cancelled pages(27-4-2011).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-CANCELLED PAGES(30-3-2011).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-claims(10-6-2009).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-CLAIMS(AMENDED)-(27-4-2011).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-CLAIMS(AMENDED)-(30-3-2011).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-CLAIMS(AMENDED)-(7-12-2009).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-claims(cancelled pages)-(10-6-2009).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-claims(granted)-(29-4-2011).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-CLAIMS(MARKED COPY)-(27-4-2011).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-CLAIMS(MARKED COPY)-(30-3-2011).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-claims(marked copy)-(7-12-2009).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-claims.doc

1121-mumnp-2007-claims.pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-correspondence(10-6-2009).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-CORRESPONDENCE(11-4-2011).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-CORRESPONDENCE(27-4-2011).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-CORRESPONDENCE(7-12-2009).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-CORRESPONDENCE(7-3-2011).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-correspondence(ipo)-(2-5-2011).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-correspondence(ipo)-(5-12-2008).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-correspondence-others.pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-correspondence-received.pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-description (complete).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-description(complete)-(10-6-2009).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-description(granted)-(29-4-2011).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-ENGLISH TRANSLATION(11-4-2011).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-FORM 1(10-6-2009).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-form 1(26-7-2007).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-FORM 1(30-3-2011).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-form 1(31-8-2007).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-form 18(26-7-2007).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-form 2(10-6-2009).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-form 2(granted)-(29-4-2011).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-form 2(title page)-(10-6-2009).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-form 2(title page)-(26-7-2007).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-FORM 2(TITLE PAGE)-(30-3-2011).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-form 2(title page)-(granted)-(29-4-2011).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-FORM 26(30-3-2011).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-form 3(26-7-2007).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-FORM 3(7-12-2009).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-form-1.pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-form-18.pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-form-2.doc

1121-mumnp-2007-form-2.pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-form-3.pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-form-5.pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-general power of attorney(26-9-2007).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-PCT ISA 237(7-12-2009).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-pct-isa-237(10-6-2009).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-pct-search report.pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-PETITION UNDER 137(7-12-2009).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-REPLY TO EXAMINATION REPORT(7-12-2009).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-REPLY TO EXAMINATION REPORT-10-6-2009).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-REPLY TO HEARING(30-3-2011).pdf

1121-MUMNP-2007-SPECIFICATION(AMENDED)-(27-4-2011).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-wo international publication report(26-7-2007).pdf

1121-mumnp-2007-wo international publication report(7-12-2009).pdf


Patent Number 247657
Indian Patent Application Number 1121/MUMNP/2007
PG Journal Number 18/2011
Publication Date 06-May-2011
Grant Date 29-Apr-2011
Date of Filing 26-Jul-2007
Name of Patentee KLINGENBURG GMBH
Applicant Address BOYSTRASSE 115, 45968 GLADBECK,
Inventors:
# Inventor's Name Inventor's Address
1 SAUER JUERGEN LOCHHAMER STRASSE 125, 81477 MUENCHEN.
2 WESTERDORF THOMAS SCHUETZENSTRASSE 85, 44795 BOCHUM.
3 KLINGENBURG HANS VOGTEI 24, 45239 ESSEN.
PCT International Classification Number F28F13/18;F24F3/14
PCT International Application Number PCT/EP06/000156
PCT International Filing date 2006-01-11
PCT Conventions:
# PCT Application Number Date of Convention Priority Country
1 102005003543.4 2005-01-26 Germany