ISSN print edition: 0366-6352
ISSN electronic edition: 1336-9075
Registr. No.: MK SR 9/7
An annular reactor for direct methane autothermal reforming
Pingyu Kuai, Yunxiang Pan, Weibin Li, Huimin Liu, and Zhiwu Feng
Technical Center, Yangquan Coal Chemical Industry Group CO., LTD., Taiyuan, People’s Republic of China
Received: 16 December 2020 Accepted: 13 May 2021
An annular reactor for direct autothermal reforming of methane was proposed and studied numerically. A one-dimensional heterogeneous model was developed. The effects of feed inlet temperature, initial bed temperature and reactor length were investigated systematically to elucidate the autothermal boundary conditions. Simulation results indicate overall autothermal operation can be achieved if the reactor length exceeds 0.05 m and can be sustained with feed inlet velocity in the range from 0.2 to 5.0 m s−1. Simulation results reveal autothermacity can be kept with air-to-methane ratio of 1.0, which is lower than the theoretical value of 1.5. This is caused by the fact that most of consumed methane was oxidized only. Moreover, drastic bed temperature oscillation was observed in the start-up, which results from the mutual heat transfer between shell and tube in a small range and can be dampened by prolonging reactor length.
Keywords: Annular reactor; Autothermal operation; Methane reforming; Numerical modeling; Oscillation
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Chemical Papers 75 (9) 4803–4816 (2021)