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Separation Characteristics Obtained from Electrode Partitioning MHD Method for Separating Oil from Contaminated Seawater Using High-Field Superconducting Magnet

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6 Author(s)
Takeda, M. ; Sch. of Maritime Sci., Kobe Univ., Kobe, Japan ; Tanase, Y. ; Kubozono, T. ; Abe, A.
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A magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) method of oil separation from contaminated seawater is based on the difference in the electric conductivity between seawater and oil; the separation force applied to oil induced by the electromagnetic force is used to separate the oil. A new electrode partitioning MHD separation method has been designed and studied. This method has the advantage of utilizing a wide space with a uniform electromagnetic force, even though the superconducting magnet used has a nonuniform field distribution. Experimental results for the separation characteristics obtained from the electrode partitioning MHD method in a high magnetic field of 10 T using a mixture of artificial seawater and simulation particles instead of oil droplets are discussed.

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Applied Superconductivity, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 3 )