Faculty Advisor

Dixon, Anthony G.


This project analyzed some new options for pellet geometry in SMR applications by using computational fluid dynamics software to model the behavior of three 5-holed geometries. This software analysis is necessary due to the high operating temperature of the reforming process which limits physical experimentation. Among the important qualities analyzed were pressure drop, heat transfer and methane conversion. The specific geometries studied were designated 5H-P, 5H-P-small, and 5H-Q. It was determined that while 5H-P is the best option of these three, it does not perform much more efficiently than the currently produced 4H-Q model. However, it was proposed that a modified 5H-Q pellet may result in better performance under reactor conditions.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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