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New publication in the International Journal of Energy Research

2019 / 03 / 06

IIn a highly ranked magazine International Journal of Energy Research there has been published the article entitled “Kinetic model of a plate fin heat exchanger with catalytic coating as a steam reformer of methane, biogas, and dimethyl ether”, co-authored by researchers from IEn's Department of High Temperature Electrochemical Processes (CPE) – Jakub Kupecki (PhD) and 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 analyse 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 modelling software and discussed. It was found that the relative prediction error of the simulator does not exceed 3.5%.

Szablowski L., Kupecki J., Milewski J., Motylinski K., Kinetic model of a plate fin heat exchanger with catalytic coating as a steam reformer of methane, biogas, and dimethyl ether, International Journal of Energy Research, 2019, 1, 1-10

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