Volumetric cavity reactors

Cavity solar reactors (Fig. 20.3) were introduced in the work of Trombe et al. (1973), for melting of oxides, Flamant et al. (1980) for calcite decom­position, and Steinfeld et al. (1998b) and Haueter et al. (1999) for oxide reduction. As the name suggests, concentrated radiation enters a cavity aperture via a window. In Steinfeld et al. (1998b), a 5 kW continuous-feed, ‘vortex’ cavity reactor was designed for co-producing Zn and syngas, while in Haueter et al. (1999), a 10 kW rotating-cavity reactor, similar to the aforementioned design, was used for the decomposition of zinc oxide.

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