Designing graded catalytic domain to homogenize temperature distribution while dry reforming of CH4

Aydin O. , Kubota A., Dang Long Tran D. L. T. , Sakamoto M., Shiratori Y.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, vol.43, no.36, pp.17431-17443, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 36
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.07.084
  • Page Numbers: pp.17431-17443


While utilizing biogas in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) systems equipped with either internal or external catalytic domain possessing a uniform catalytic activity, the rate of the reforming reaction significantly changes along the flow field due to the rapid conversion of the methane in the inlet region. Thus, a dramatic temperature variation develops along the flow field, resulting in thermal stress on the adjacent components. To mitigate the temperature variation, design of a catalytic domain graded in terms of the catalyst loading along the flow field is a promising solution, for which herein we present a strategy based on numerical modeling and in situ temperature measurement along the reformer. We design a graded catalytic domain for a uniform temperature distribution and demonstrate it experimentally, aiming the efficient use of biogas in SOFC systems. (C) 2018 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.