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Hydrogen Recombiner: Theoretical Parametric Study

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Gilles Avakian

Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA), Saint-Paul Lez Durance, France

Paper No. ICONE10-22043, pp. 29-41; 13 pages
  • 10th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • 10th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Volume 2
  • Arlington, Virginia, USA, April 14–18, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3596-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3589-8
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


There is not yet published data concerning a complete overview of the behaviour of a SIEMENS recombiner versus the thermal hydrualic conditions and the geometry of the catalytic plates. This paper reports on a numerical behaviour of the recombiner depending on several gas parameters as the total pressure, and the hydrogen concentration, as well as geometrical parameters of the catalytic elements as the height and the spacing. We use a theoretical model validated by using the KALI experiments. In this model (Avakian, 1999), the reaction rate is diffusion-controlled, i.e. the contribution of surface kinetics to the total rate of reaction is neglected. We demonstrate a quasi-linear behaviour of the recombination rate vs. the total pressure and the hydrogen concentration. We display the benefit in using smaller catalytic plates instead of taller plates and we give an idea of the influence of the spacing between the catalytic plates.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Hydrogen



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