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Transport Mechanism of Methane Steam Reforming on Fixed Bed Catalyst Heated by High Temperature Helium for Hydrogen Production: A CFD Investigation

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Feng Wang, Jing Zhou, Qiang Wen

Chongqing University, Chongqing, China

Paper No. ICONE25-67641, pp. V003T13A016; 10 pages
  • 2017 25th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 3: Nuclear Fuel and Material, Reactor Physics and Transport Theory; Innovative Nuclear Power Plant Design and New Technology Application
  • Shanghai, China, July 2–6, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5781-6
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Performance of methane steam reforming reactor heated by helium for hydrogen production has been studied by numerical method. Results show with the increasing of reactant gas inlet velocity, temperature in the reactor drops, leading to the decreasing of methane conversion and hydrogen production rate. Methane conversion, hydrogen production and hydrogen production rate rise with the increasing of reactant gas inlet temperature, while the increasing degree of system thermal efficiency reduces. Besides, with helium inlet velocity rising, temperature in the reactor increases and reaction in the reactor becomes more sufficient. Therefore, methane conversion and hydrogen production also increase when helium inlet temperature of rises, but its influence is weaker compared to that of helium inlet velocity. In the process of methane steam reforming heated by high temperature gas cooled reactor (HTGR) for hydrogen production, lower reactant gas inlet velocity, suitable inlet temperature, higher inlet velocity and higher HTGR outlet temperature of helium are preferable.

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