Development of methanol steam reformer for chemical recuperation

T. Nakagaki*, T. Ogawa, K. Murata, Y. Nakata

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The purpose of the present work is to establish the design method of methanol steam-reformer for application to chemical recuperation in a gas turbine system. The reaction rate of the methanol steam-reforming was measured with a small amount of catalyst using the gaseous mixture of methanol, water, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide as a simulated product gas. The reaction rate equation could be expressed by power law of methanol mole fraction and total pressure. The reaction and heat transfer in the catalyst-packed bed was analyzed numerically using the reaction rate equation. The analytical results of temperature distribution and conversion were compared with the experimental results using a reforming tube. These results agreed well except for the region of high methanol conversion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-733
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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