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Experimental Analysis of an Autothermal Gasoline Reformer for Automotive Purposes

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Chris G. Caners, Brant A. Peppley

Fuel Cell Research Centre, Kingston, ON, Canada

Steven J. Harrison, Patrick H. Oosthuizen, Craig S. McIntyre

Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada

Paper No. FUELCELL2005-74105, pp. 565-569; 5 pages
  • ASME 2005 3rd International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • 3rd International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA, May 23–25, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3764-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3757-2
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


One of the main uses of fossil fuels is in the transportation sector, leading to environmental consequences such as climate change and smog. In order to move towards a more sustainable energy infrastructure, a transition must begin between fossil fuels and renewable fuels, such as biogas and hydrogen. One possibility to drive this transition is through the application of reforming technology to the automotive sector. The objectives of this project were to experimentally validate a computational fluid dynamics model, while at the same time analyze the data and model in order to improve the design of the bench-scale reformer for use in automotive applications. The model was validated through the experimental data generated through the use of a series of thermocouples and gas chromatography. The highest lower heating value efficiency and dry molar percentage output of hydrogen were 58% and 43% respectively, with conversion percentages approaching 100%.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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