Sequential simulation of dense oxygen permeation membrane reactor for hydrogen production from oxidative steam reforming of ethanol with ASPEN PLUS

Yun Jin, Zebao Rui, Ye Tian, Yuesheng Lin, Yongdan Li

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Abstract

Hydrogen production via oxidative steam reforming of ethanol in a dense tubular membrane reactor (DMR) is sequentially simulated with ASPEN PLUS. The DMR is divided into multi-sub-reactors, and the Gibbs free energy minimization sub-model in ASPEN PLUS is employed to simulate the oxidative steam reforming of ethanol process in the sub-reactors. A FORTRAN sub-routine is integrated into ASPEN PLUS to simulate the oxygen permeation through membranes in the sub-separators. The simulation result indicates that there is an optimal length of the tubular membrane reactor at the operating temperature and steam-to-ethanol (H2O/EtOH) ratio, under which hydrogen and carbon monoxide formation reach their maxima.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6691-6698
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Volume35
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010

Keywords

  • Dense tubular membrane reactor
  • Oxidative steam reforming of ethanol
  • Oxygen permeation
  • Sequential simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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