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Two dimensional modeling of a membrane reactor for ATR of methane

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Title
Two dimensional modeling of a membrane reactor for ATR of methane
Abstract

A theoretical study of a multitubular membrane reactor for the autothermal reforming of methane over a Ni/Al2O3 catalyst is presented. A 2-D model is selected to account for the strong composition and temperature gradients along the axial and radial coordinates. The effect of the degree of reduction of the Ni catalyst on the reforming reaction rates is taken into account in the model. The influence of the main operating conditions on the reactor behavior is studied. The results suggest that the membrane reactor is a promising alternative to carry out ATR of methane at milder conditions than those commonly found in a conventional reactor. The axial distribution of the O2 fed to the reactor is a powerful tool to influence the axial temperature profiles. Nevertheless, a careful design is necessary to avoid risky conditions such as oxygen accumulation in the tubes.

Graphical abstractFigure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload high-quality image (216 K)Download as PowerPoint slideHighlights► We model a multitubular membrane reactor for the autothermal reforming of methane. ► 2-D model shows strong radial and axial gradients of composition and temperature. ► A balance between permeation fluxes and oxygen consumption rate is a key factor. ► ATR can exhibit an inverse response with respect to the feed temperature. ► An increase in the permeation area can reduce considerably the hot spots.

Keywords
Membrane reactor; Autothermal reforming; Methane; Porous membrane; 2-D model; Oxygen distribution
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Catalysis Today - Volume 193, Issue 1, 15 October 2012, Pages 137–144
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Catalysis
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