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Catalysts 2018, 8(5), 173; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8050173

Numerical Investigations of the Influencing Factors on a Rotary Regenerator-Type Catalytic Combustion Reactor

Key Laboratory for Power Machinery and Engineering of Ministry of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
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Received: 13 March 2018 / Revised: 8 April 2018 / Accepted: 10 April 2018 / Published: 24 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Catalytic Oxidation of Methane)
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Abstract

Ultra-low calorific value gas (ULCVG) not only poses a problem for environmental pollution, but also createsa waste of energy resources if not utilized. A novel reactor, a rotary regenerator-type catalytic combustion reactor (RRCCR), which integrates the functions of a regenerator and combustor into one component, is proposed for the elimination and utilization of ULCVG. Compared to reversal-flow reactor, the operation of the RRCCR is achieved by incremental rotation rather than by valve control, and it has many outstanding characteristics, such as a compact structure, flexible application, and limited energy for circulation. Due to the effects of the variation of the gas flow and concentration on the performance of the reactor, different inlet velocities and concentrations are analyzed by numerical investigations. The results reveal that the two factors have a major impact on the performance of the reactor. The performance of the reactor is more sensitive to the increase of velocity and the decrease of methane concentration. When the inlet concentration (2%vol.) is reduced by 50%, to maintain the methane conversion over 90%, the inlet velocity can be reduced by more than three times. Finally, the highly-efficient and stable operating envelope of the reactor is drawn. View Full-Text
Keywords: ultra-low calorific value gas; catalytic combustion; rotary regenerator; methane conversion; inlet velocity; inlet concentration ultra-low calorific value gas; catalytic combustion; rotary regenerator; methane conversion; inlet velocity; inlet concentration
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Sang, Z.; Bo, Z.; Lv, X.; Weng, Y. Numerical Investigations of the Influencing Factors on a Rotary Regenerator-Type Catalytic Combustion Reactor. Catalysts 2018, 8, 173.

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