Studies on the iron-catalyzed Fischer-tropsch process in a laminar flow slurry column reactor

C.O. Vandu, A.B.M. Heesink, G.F. Versteeg, H. Boerrigter

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    Abstract

    The Fischer-Tropsch process was studied in a laminar flow slurry bubble column reactor. Prior to the experiments, hydrodynamic studies were done in a cold-flow model of the reactor. A mathematical model was also developed for the reactor, based on the kinetic data of an iron-based catalyst. The present modeling approach employed enabled the computation of the extent of gas contraction due to reaction. Six sets of experimental runs were carried out to validate the model, the last utilizing biosyngas, produced by the gasification of willow. The model developed was suitable to predict the performance of the reactor, with the rate parameters adjusted, necessitated by the fact that the catalyst activity changes with time-on-stream. The effect of a number of selected parameters on the Fischer-Tropsch process was also investigated.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)195-212
    JournalChemical industry & chemical engineering quarterly
    Volume12
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

    Keywords

    • Fischer-Tropsch synthesis
    • Iron catalyst
    • Slurry bubble column reactor
    • Mathematical modeling
    • Experiments
    • Biomass
    • Biosyngas

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