Dixon, Anthony G.
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.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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