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Modeling and Comparison a Thermally Coupled Reactor of Methane Tri – Reforming and Dehydrogenation of Cyclohexane Reactions for Syngas Production in Both Co- & Counter-Current Modes

E. Dehghanfard
  • Department of Chemical Engineering, Marvdasht Branch, Islamic Azad University, Marvdasht, Iran
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/ Z. Arab Aboosadi
Published Online: 2018-11-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijcre-2017-0207


The aim of this work is a comparison of different inlets (Co- and Counter-current modes) to feed a thermally coupled reactor (TCR) in producing syngas as a valuable chemical. The novel thermally coupled reactor has been designed as a double pipe reactor where tri-reforming of methane for syngas production has been considered in the exothermic side of fixed bed plug reactor, and dehydrogenation of cyclohexane reaction occur in the endothermic side. The heat generated in the exothermic part by the walls of the tube side is transferred to the endothermic section. A steady-state homogeneous one-dimensional model predicts the performance of this reactor for simultaneous production of synthesis gas and benzene in an economical approach for both co- and counter-current modes of operation. The reversed flow of cyclohexane has been considered for the counter-current flow regime. The simulation results of co- and counter-current modes of TCR and also an optimized tri-reforming of methane (OTRM) single reactor are investigated and compared with each other. The results showed that methane conversion, hydrogen yield and H2/Co ratio in the exothermic side of TCR reached to 91.1 %, 1.82 and 2.1 in co-current mode and 87.8 %, 1.77 and 2.3 in counter-current mode, respectively. Additionally, the results showed that cyclohexane conversion at the endothermic side of the reactor in co- and counter-current modes achieved to 98.6 % and 99.9 %, respectively. So, the results for counter-current mode showed superior performance in hydrogen and benzene production in the endothermic side of TCR. Also, Changes in various operating parameters during the reactor have been studied.

Keywords: thermally coupled reactor; tri - reforming of methane; dehydrogenation of cyclohexane; fixed bed reactor; co- & counter-current modes; recuperative coupling method


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About the article

Received: 2017-09-03

Accepted: 2018-09-15

Revised: 2018-06-28

Published Online: 2018-11-28

Citation Information: International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering, 20170207, ISSN (Online) 1542-6580, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijcre-2017-0207.

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