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Producing Hydrogen From Jet-A Fuel in a Reactor With Integrated Autothermal Reforming and Water-Gas Shift

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Shuyang Zhang, Xiaoxin Wang, Peiwen Li

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Xinhai Xu

Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China

Paper No. FUELCELL2017-3225, pp. V001T01A002; 10 pages
  • ASME 2017 15th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology collocated with the ASME 2017 Power Conference Joint With ICOPE-17, the ASME 2017 11th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, and the ASME 2017 Nuclear Forum
  • ASME 2017 15th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4056-6
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Jet fuel is used to produce hydrogen on board of vehicles through integrated reactions of autothermal reforming (ATR) and water-gas shift (WGS). One of the most attractive benefits of autothermal reforming of hydrocarbon fuels is the possibility of self-sustainability of the reaction if the process is carefully managed and designed. In this work, an integrated fuel processor, including a mixing zone, an ATR reactor, a WGS reactor and two recuperators was fabricated and the hydrogen production performance (using Jet fuel) was tested and studied. Analysis of the energy in reactions and heat transfer area in the heat recuperator was carried out in order to obtain some insights on the optimal design and operating conditions. The previous experimental results regarding the reformate compositions and fuel conversion efficiency were used to evaluate some of the parameters described in the energy analysis model. The predicted results show that the overall process heat was negative (exchanging heat larger than preheating heat) under most of the previous experimental conditions, indicating the potential of self-sustainability of reaction in the fuel processor.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME
Topics: Fuels , Hydrogen , Water



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