March 6 - 8, 2017 | Berlin
LEADING ENGINEERING SIMULATION CONFERENCE
Hydrogen and syngas are important feedstocks in the chemical and process industry and are used in a variety of processes like methanol synthesis, the Haber-Bosch process or the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. One route for syngas production is the catalytic steam reforming of methane or biogas in packed bed reactors.
The potential of process intensification by hydrogen removal with semi-permeable membranes is a current topic in reaction engineering. Packed bed catalytic membrane reactors show an increased methane conversion compared to packed bed reactors.
For a reliable but cost efficient design and the physical understanding of that reactor type Computational Fluid Dynamics is a valuable tool. The current work shows how spatially resolved 3D-CFD simulations help to improve the reactor design by including all relevant phenomena like fluid flow through the complex bed topology, heat transfer, catalytic chemical surface reaction and a locally resolved transmembrane species flux.