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POM coupled with carbon dioxide and steam reforming of methane in a tubular membrane reactor: a CFD simulation study
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  • Te Zhao,
  • Hong Ye,
  • Zhenyu He,
  • Chu-sheng Chen
Te Zhao
University of Science and Technology of China School of Engineering Science
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Hong Ye
University of Science and Technology of China School of Engineering Science
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Zhenyu He
University of Science and Technology of China
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Chu-sheng Chen
University of Science and Technology of China
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Abstract

A CFD model for oxygen permeation and partial oxidation of methane (POM) to syngas in a La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ tubular membrane reactor was adopted to investigate the effects of the methane space velocity (MSV) and the feed composition on the reactor performance. It is shown that coupling POM reaction with carbon dioxide and steam reforming of methane (CRM and SRM), which is realized by co-feeding CH4 with CO2, H2O or CO2-H2O mixture into the reactor, can significantly enhance the methane conversion and syngas production rate and alter the H2/CO ratio as compared with feeding CH4 alone. For co-feeding CH4 with CO2, H2O or CO2-H2O mixture, the maximum syngas production rate is 2.3, 2 and 1.8 times that of feeding CH4 alone. Also, when POM is coupled with CRM and SRM, the temperature inside the reactor can be maintained above 973 K which is required for proper functioning of the membrane and catalyst.