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 - 2010 Dec 1
    Event19th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering, CHISA 2010 and 7th European Congress of Chemical Engineering, ECCE-7 - Prague, Czech Republic
    Duration: 2010 Aug 282010 Sep 1

    Other

    Other19th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering, CHISA 2010 and 7th European Congress of Chemical Engineering, ECCE-7
    CountryCzech Republic
    CityPrague
    Period10/8/2810/9/1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
    • Process Chemistry and Technology

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