Ethanol steam reforming kinetics of a Pd-Ag membrane reactor

Silvano Tosti, Angelo Basile, Rodolfo Borelli, Fabio Borgognoni, Stefano Castelli, Massimiliano Fabbricino, F. Gallucci, Celeste Licusati

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The ethanol steam reforming reaction carried out in a Pd-based tubular membrane reactor has been modelled via a finite element code. The model considers the membrane tube divided into finite volume elements where the mass balances for both lumen and shell sides are carried out accordingly to the reaction and permeation kinetics. Especially, a simplified “power law” has been applied for the reaction kinetics: the comparison with experimental data obtained by using three different kinds of catalyst (Ru, Pt and Ni based) permitted defining the coefficients of the kinetics expression as well as to validate the model. Based on the Damkohler–Peclet analysis, the optimization of the membrane reformer has been also approached.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)4747-4654
Number of pages7
JournalInternational journal of hydrogen energy
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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  • METIS-263042

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