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Supercritical fluid cleaning - McHardy J.

McHardy J., Sawan P.S. Supercritical fluid cleaning - Noyes publications, 1998. - 304 p.
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review article by Bartle, et al., compiles solubility data on a wide variety of solids and liquids in supercritical C02 and is an excellent source for initial compound solubility data.^ When using supercritical C02 as a replacement solvent for cleaning methods, the solvent strength of the SCF must be considered. The solvent strength of supercritical C02 is dependent upon temperature and pressure, but generally, it is considered a nonpolar solvent. Therefore, using a like-dissolves-like scenario, supercritical C02 is best suited for the removal of nonpolar hydrocarbon-based soils like various machining and lubricating fluids. These compounds are all mixtures of many single components, and accurate solubility determinations of such mixtures have yet to be made. For this reason, the intent of this chapter is to present a basic model for contaminant removal from a surface. The implications of this model relating to cleaning and contaminant solubility will also be discussed.
Solubilities are defined either as the mole fraction of solute in solution, x, or by the amount of solute per unit volume, or concentration, C, at saturation. The concentration in moles per unit volume is given by:
Eq. (1) C = y
where V is the molar volume of the pure fluid. Contaminant volatility and SCF solvating power are two major factors that determine the solubility of a contaminant in an SCF. Supercritical fluid solvating power is primarily a function of density. In general, higher densities result in higher solvating power. These higher densities are most readily achieved through increasing pressure. However, temperature is an important variable in contaminant solubility since the volatility of a compound is directly related to temperature. Depending on equipment setup, increasing the temperature in a cleaning system can
reduce solvent density, but the increase in contaminant volatility generally overcomes the decrease in density and enhances contaminant removal. The solubility of a solid or semisolid in a liquid is related to the heat of fusion of the solid and the temperature of the solution by:
Eq. (2) lnx = -
where x is the mole fraction of the dissolved solute, AH^is the heat of fusion, is the melting point of the solute and √ is the temperature of
the solution. Equation 2 is valid if the change in the heat capacity and volume at different Tís is ignored. Ideal solution theory also requires that there is only dispersion force interaction between the solute and solvent. It can be seen from Eq. 2 that an increase in solution temperature will increase the mole fraction of the dissolved solute. In an SCF system at constant pressure, the solubility of a solute will fall initially with increasing temperature because the SCF density decreases, and hence its solvating power decreases, with increasing temperature. However, as the temperature rises, the volatility also rises, and eventually this effect exceeds the effect of the falling solvation and the solubility rises.
Section A-¬ in Fig. 2 shows that the solubility falls as the contaminant is diluted by the fluid. The rapid rise in solubility in Sec. B-C occurs at pressures quite higher than the critical pressure because of the rapid rise in density, and therefore solvating power, of the SCF at around this pressure. This region has been defined by King as the threshold pressure which is the pressure at which the solute begins to dissolve in the SCF.[21 Obviously, this pressure is technique dependent and varies with the analytical method sensitivity used to measure the solute concentration in the SCF. A decrease in solubility, as shown in region C-D, may occur at higher pressures due to repulsive forces that may squeeze the solute out of solution. For moderately volatile solutes, a rise in solubility, as shown in section D-E, can occur if there is a critical line in the mixture phase diagram at higher pressures.
Figure 2. Schematic representation of compound solubility in a supercritical fluid as a function of pressure.
Solubility can also be enhanced by the presence of other compounds. This phenomenon is caused by one or more compounds acting as solubility enhancers for other compounds present on a surface. This phenomenon is sometimes called the local cosolvent effect. A typical method of enhancing contaminant solubility is through the addition of a small amount of secondary solvent to the SCF cleaning system. Alcohols are commonly used in this manner to increase solubilities of more polar contaminants. However, more subtle local cosolvent effects have been observed. Perhaps a classic example was first reported by Kumik and ReidJ3' In their study, they observed that the solubilities of both naphthalene and benzoic acid in supercritical C02 were enhanced by 107% and 280%, respectively, when both species were present. It has also been shown that there needs to be enough of a secondary component present in solution about the local contaminant environment to enhance the solubility of another compound.^ This example demonstrated that an excess of phenanthrene promoted the solubility of anthracene in supercritical C02, but since anthracene was only present in very small quantities, it did not help to enhance the overall solubility of phenanthrene. A
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