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Title: A multi-function compact fuel reforming reactor for fuel cell applications
Authors: Reed, James
Chen, Rui
Dudfield, Christopher D.
Adcock, Paul L.
Keywords: Steam reforming
Multi-zone combustor
Microchannel heat exchanger
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: REED, J....et al., 2010. A multi-function compact fuel reforming reactor for fuel cell applications. Fuel, 89(5), pp. 949-957
Abstract: A multi-function compact chemical reactor designed for hydrocarbon steam reforming was evaluated. The reactor design is based on diffusion bonded laminate micro-channel heat exchanger technology. The reactor consists of a combustor layer, which is sandwiched between two steam reforming layers. Between the two function layers, a temperature monitor and control layer is placed, which is designed to locate the temperature sensors. The combustor layer has four individually controlled combustion zones each connected to a separate fuel supply. The reactor design offers the potential to accurately control the temperature distribution along the length of the reactor using closed loop temperature control. The experimental results show that the variance of temperature along the reactor is negligible. The conversion efficiency of the combustor layer is approximately 90%. The heat transfer efficiency from combustion layer to reforming layers is 65% to 85% at 873 K and 673 K, respectively. The heat transfer rate to the reforming layers is sufficient to support a steam reformation of propane at a rate of 0.7 dm3/min (STP) with a steam to carbon ratio of 2 at 873 K.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2009.05.009
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/8304
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2009.05.009
ISSN: 0016-2361
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