Faculty Advisor

Dixon, Anthony G.

Abstract

This project evaluated the performance of 9 cylindrical catalysts in a packed-bed reactor used for hydrogen production by steam methane reforming. Four, five, and six-holed geometries with various features were studied. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) was utilized for the analysis. It was concluded that the 5BHPD geometry, which consisted of 5 holes and 5 grooves as well as domed ends, was the most effective catalyst due to its low pressure drop, high reaction rates, and excellent heat transfer properties.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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