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Transport in a Microfluidic Catalytic Reactor

[+] Author Affiliations
Hyung Gyu Park, Jaewon Chung, Costas P. Grigoropoulos, Ralph Greif

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Mark Havstad, Jefffey D. Morse

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA

Paper No. HT2003-47216, pp. 47-56; 10 pages
  • ASME 2003 Heat Transfer Summer Conference
  • Heat Transfer: Volume 1
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 21–23, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3693-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3679-7
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


A study of the heat and mass transfer, flow, and thermodynamics of the reacting flow in a catalytic micro-reactor is presented. Methanol reforming is utilized in the fuel processing system driving a micro-scale proton exchange membrane fuel cell. Understanding the flow and thermal transport phenomena as well as the reaction mechanisms is essential for improving the efficiency of the reforming process as well as the quality of the processed fuel. Numerical studies have been carried out to characterize the transport in a silicon microfabricated reactor system. On the basis of these results, optimized conditions for fuel processing are determined.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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