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ScientificWorldJournal. 2014;2014:451919. doi: 10.1155/2014/451919. Epub 2014 Jul 3.

Effect of catalytic cylinders on autothermal reforming of methane for hydrogen production in a microchamber reactor.

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1
Key Laboratory of Low-Grade Energy Utilization Technologies and Systems, Chongqing University, Ministry of Education, Chongqing 400030, China ; College of Power Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400030, China.
2
College of Power Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400030, China.

Abstract

A new multicylinder microchamber reactor is designed on autothermal reforming of methane for hydrogen production, and its performance and thermal behavior, that is, based on the reaction mechanism, is numerically investigated by varying the cylinder radius, cylinder spacing, and cylinder layout. The results show that larger cylinder radius can promote reforming reaction; the mass fraction of methane decreased from 26% to 21% with cylinder radius from 0.25 mm to 0.75 mm; compact cylinder spacing corresponds to more catalytic surface and the time to steady state is decreased from 40 s to 20 s; alteration of staggered and aligned cylinder layout at constant inlet flow rates does not result in significant difference in reactor performance and it can be neglected. The results provide an indication and optimize performance of reactor; it achieves higher conversion compared with other reforming reactors.

PMID:
25097877
PMCID:
PMC4109667
DOI:
10.1155/2014/451919
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