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Thermal Assessment of a Micro Fibrous Fischer Tropsch Fixed Bed Reactor Using Computational Fluid Dynamics

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submitted on 2024-07-03, 04:29 and posted on 2024-07-03, 04:31 authored by Aya E. Abusrafa, Mohamed S. Challiwala, Benjamin A. Wilhite, Nimir O. Elbashir

A two-dimensional (2D) Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) scale-up model of the Fischer Tropsch reactor was developed to thermally compare the Microfibrous-Entrapped-Cobalt-Catalyst (MFECC) and the conventional Packed Bed Reactor (PBR). The model implements an advanced predictive detailed kinetic model to study the effect of a thermal runaway on C5+ hydrocarbon product selectivity. Results demonstrate the superior capability of the MFECC bed in mitigating hotspot formation due to its ultra-high thermal conductivity. Furthermore, a process intensification study for radial scale-up of the reactor bed from 15 mm internal diameter (ID) to 102 mm ID demonstrated that large tube diameters in PBR lead to temperature runaway >200 K corresponding to >90% CO conversion at 100% methane selectivity, which is highly undesirable. While the MFECC bed hotspot temperature corresponded to <10 K at >30% CO conversion, attributing to significantly high thermal conductivity of the MFECC bed. Moreover, a noticeable improvement in C5+ hydrocarbon selectivity >70% was observed in the MFECC bed in contrast to a significantly low number for the PBR (<5%).

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Published in: Processes
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Additional institutions affiliated with: Chemical Engineering Program - TAMUQ, Petroleum Engineering Program - TAMUQ


Qatar National Research Fund (NPRP 7-843-2-312), Maximizing the Effectiveness of Fischer-Tropsch Fixed-bed Reactor: Tailoring Reaction Media, Catalyst Geometry and Pore Structure.

Qatar National Research Fund (NPRP X-100-2-024), Design of Novel Catalysts and Processes for CO2 Conversion from Micro- to Macroscale.



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  • 2020

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  • Texas A&M University at Qatar

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