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Mass Transfer Coefficient in Multi-Stage Reformer/Membrane Modules for Hydrogen Production

Version 1 : Received: 23 October 2018 / Approved: 24 October 2018 / Online: 24 October 2018 (05:57:34 CEST)

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Barba, D.; Capocelli, M.; De Falco, M.; Franchi, G.; Piemonte, V. Mass Transfer Coefficient in Multi-Stage Reformer/Membrane Modules for Hydrogen Production. Membranes 2018, 8, 109. Barba, D.; Capocelli, M.; De Falco, M.; Franchi, G.; Piemonte, V. Mass Transfer Coefficient in Multi-Stage Reformer/Membrane Modules for Hydrogen Production. Membranes 2018, 8, 109.

Journal reference: Membranes 2018, 8, 109
DOI: 10.3390/membranes8040109

Abstract

Hydrogen is a promising energy carrier, exploitable to extract energy from fossil fuels, biomasses as well as intermittent renewable energy sources and its generation from fossil fuels with CO2 separation at the source is one of the most promising pathway for fossil fuels utilization. This work is focused on a particular configuration, called Reformer and Membrane Module (RMM), which alternates stages of Steam Reforming (SR) reaction with H2 separation stages to overcome the thermodynamic limits of the conventional SR. The configuration has numerous advantages with respect to the more studied and tested membrane reactors and has been tested on a pilot scale during a pilot-scale research project. Although the numerous modelling works appeared in the literature, the design features of the material exchanger (in the so-called RMM architecture) of different geometrical configurations have not been developed and the mass transfer correlations, capable of providing design tools useful for such membrane modules, are not available. The purpose of this work is therefore to apply a physical-mathematical model of the mass transfer, in three different geometries, considering both concentration polarization and membrane permeation, in order to: i) simulate the cited experimental results, ii) estimate the scaling-up correlations for the “material exchange modules”; iii) identify the mass transfer limiting regime in relation to the gas mass flow rate.

Subject Areas

RMM; membrane modules; modelling; material exchanger; permeation experiments

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