Simulation of methane conversion to syngas in a membrane reactor. Part II. Model predictions

Zebao Rui, Ke Zhang, Yongdan Li, Jerry Lin

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A one-dimensional non-isothermal model was employed in the simulation of partial oxidation of methane to syngas in a dense oxygen permeation membrane reactor. The model predicts that if methane is consumed completely in the reactor, a temperature runaway occurs. The reactor inlet temperature is chosen as a major factor to demonstrate the correlativity of the reactor performance and this phenomenon. A borderline inlet temperature (BIT) is defined. Simulation results showed that when the reactor inlet temperature approaches this value, an optimized reactor performance is achieved. This temperature increases with the increase of the air flow rate and carbon space velocity. The surface exchange kinetics at the oxygen-rich side has a small effect on this temperature, while that at the oxygen-lean side has a significant effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2501-2506
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 2008


  • Modeling and simulation
  • Non-isothermal membrane reactor
  • Partial oxidation of methane
  • Syngas
  • Temperature runaway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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