Faculty Advisor

Dixon, Anthony G.

Abstract

The purpose of our research is to more accurately model the temperature gradient across a fixed bed reactor used in steam-methane reforming. Heat transfer in the near-wall region was modeled using computational fluid dynamics. Heat transfer in the bed center region was determined through analysis of measured temperature profiles in a packed bed. Using this two-region approach, the effective radial thermal conductivity was used in a 2D pseudo-homogeneous heat-transfer model solved by finite element method and compared to experimental temperatures.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2009

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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