Methane Steam Reforming Analysis in a Palladium-Based Catalytic Membrane Reactor

Giuseppe Barbieri, Vittorio Violante, Francesco P. Di Maio, Alessandra Criscuoli, Enrico Drioli

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The methane steam reforming in a catalytic membrane reactor has been studied. A previous theoretical study of this reaction has been carried out. In the model a global kinetic rate as function of three reactions over nickel catalyst as proposed by Xu and Froment (AIChE J. 1989, 35 (1), 88-96, 97-103) has been considered. It has been shown that the counterflow configuration has, at high temperature (500°C), a marginal advantage on parallel flow and, also, that the space velocity cannot be considered a design variable for membrane reactors. A laboratory plant was realized utilizing membranes of Pd and Pd/Ag supported on Al2O3. The Pd membranes utilized have been prepared using the co-condensation technique and the electroless plating method. A comparison of the overall membrane performance has also been carried out. The experiments were aimed to study the effects of several parameters such as temperature, feed flow rate, and feed molar ratio on the methane conversion. The experimental results have been compared with the data predicted by the previously developed theoretical model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3369 - 3374
Number of pages6
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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