Kinetic model of a plate fin heat exchanger with catalytic coating as a steam reformer of methane, biogas, and dimethyl ether

Łukasz Szabłowski , Jakub Kupecki , Jarosław Milewski , Konrad Motyliński


The paper presents an analysis of a compact plate fin heat exchanger with catalytic coating. The unit is used to convert various fuels into hydrogen‐rich gas, which is then fed into the anodic compartments of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack. The study looks at the fuel processor for methane, biogas, and dimethyl ether (DME). In the first phase, the reaction kinetics model was based on data from the literature. This was followed by tuning and validation of the numerical model using data collected during an experimental campaign. Four values of the steam to carbon ratio (2.0, 2.5, 3.0, and 3.5) were used to analyze the performance of the heat exchanger, which was investigated in a temperature range of 500°C to 750°C. The experimental data are compared with predictions of the model implemented in Aspen HYSYS modeling software and discussed. It was found that the relative prediction error of the simulator does not exceed 3.5%.
Author Łukasz Szabłowski (FPAE / IHE)
Łukasz Szabłowski,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
, Jakub Kupecki - Instytut Energetyki w Warszawie [Institute of Power Engineering, Warszawa]
Jakub Kupecki,,
, Jarosław Milewski (FPAE / IHE)
Jarosław Milewski,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
, Konrad Motyliński (FPAE / IHE) - Instytut Energetyki w Warszawie
Konrad Motyliński,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
Journal seriesInternational Journal of Energy Research, ISSN 0363-907X
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishheat exchanger, modeling, steam reforming, validation
ASJC Classification2102 Energy Engineering and Power Technology; 2103 Fuel Technology; 2104 Nuclear Energy and Engineering; 2105 Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
Languageen angielski
Szablowski_et_al-2019-International_Journal_of_Energy_Research.pdf of 07-03-2019
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Score (nominal)100
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ScoreMinisterial score = 100.0, 20-05-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus Citations = 2; WoS Citations = 2; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.111; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 3.343 (2) - 2018=3.017 (5)
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