Application of CFD for compact catalytic reactors used in biomass-to-liquid processes

S. Kavian, M. Olea, N. Aoki, K. Mae, S. Hodgson

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Abstract

Integration of GTL (gas-to-liquids) process and microreactors was studied, focusing in the flow distribution in microplates (sub-element of microreactors) of SMR microreactor using COMSOL Multiphysics software. More uniform flow distribution was observed as the number of channels became < 10. Maldistribution decreased as number of channels decreased. By introducing different amount of inlet volumetric flow rate, this variable (and consequently inlet flow velocity) did not have a significant effect on the uniformity of flow distribution in this specific type of microplates. Simple modifications in the physical shape of the microplates can have a significant impact on improving the flow distribution. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 19th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering and 7th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (Prague, Czech Republic 8/28/2010-9/1/2010).

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Event19th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering, CHISA 2010 and 7th European Congress of Chemical Engineering, ECCE-7 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 28 Aug 20101 Sep 2010

Conference

Conference19th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering, CHISA 2010 and 7th European Congress of Chemical Engineering, ECCE-7
CountryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period28/08/101/09/10

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    Kavian, S., Olea, M., Aoki, N., Mae, K., & Hodgson, S. (2010). Application of CFD for compact catalytic reactors used in biomass-to-liquid processes. Paper presented at 19th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering, CHISA 2010 and 7th European Congress of Chemical Engineering, ECCE-7, Prague, Czech Republic.