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Numerical Modeling of a Mini/Microchannel Reactor for Methane-Steam Reforming

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Daniel Peterson, Sourabh V. Apte, Vinod Narayanan, John Schmitt

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Paper No. FEDSM-ICNMM2010-31192, pp. 209-216; 8 pages
  • ASME 2010 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels collocated with 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting
  • ASME 2010 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels: Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 1–5, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5450-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3880-8
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Numerical modeling of methane-steam reforming is performed in a mini/microchannel with heat input through Nickel-deposited channel walls. The low-Mach number, variable density Navier-Stokes equations together with multicomponent reactions are solved using a parallel numerical framework. Methane-steam reforming is modeled by three reduced-order reactions occurring on the reactor walls. The surface reactions in the presence of Nickel catalyst are modeled as Neumann boundary conditions to the governing equations. Effects of the total heat input, heat flux profile, and inlet methane-steam molar concentration on production of hydrogen are investigated in detail.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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