steam_methane_reformer

STEAM METHANE REFORMER

CLIENT : Undisclosed

EXPERTISE : Model development, CFD simulation

AREA : Chemical Engineering

TOOLs : MATLAB, C, SolidWorks, ICEM-CFD, and ANSYS Fluent

PUBLICATION : [link]

STEAM METHANE REFORMER

steam_methane_reformer

CLIENT : Undisclosed

EXPERTISE : Model development, CFD simulation

AREA : Chemical Engineering

TOOLs : MATLAB, SolidWorks, ICEM-CFD, and ANSYS Fluent

PUBLICATION : [link]

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Steam methane reforming (SMR) as a hydrocarbon fuel processing technology accounts for a significant proportion of global hydrogen production. The SMR unit has two main modules: a combustor and a reactor. The combustor (or furnace) produces heat by the reactions of methane with oxygen in the air, whereas the reactor consumes heat and produces hydrogen. The heat transfer efficiency and thermal efficiency play important roles in the SMR design. The efficiency of the hydrogen production is determined by the thermal efficiency of the reformer. CFD technology has been successfully applied to the simulation of industrial furnace. In this project, the objectives is the following:

A 3D CFD model is developed to investigate the hydrodynamics, heat transfer, and producer gas compositions.

The CFD results are validated with experimental data in terms of axial temperatures, producer gas compositions, and thermal efficiency.

The effect of the sleeve protecting the catalytic reactor from the hot combustion gas on the heat transfer is rigorously examined.

BENEFITS

CFD model provides a numerical experiment before the equipment fabrication for saving cost.

CFD model is developed for a new compact size steam methane reforming reactor.

The new reactor design provides flatter heat flux profile than conventional top fire reactor.

Gallery

Some pictures from the project!

Velocity & pressure profile at microscale
Temperature profile

THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING

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