Two-Dimensional Mathematical Modeling of the Oxidative Coupling of Methane in a Membrane Reactor

  • Wisitsree Wiyaratn King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
  • Salamah Manundawee Chulalongkorn University
  • Amornchai Arpornwichanop Chulalongkorn University
  • Suttichai Assabumrungrat Chulalongkorn University
  • Anucha Watanapa King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
  • Chidporn Worawimut King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi

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Abstract

The oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) in a dense BSCFO membrane reactor (MR) was theoretically studied using a two-dimensional reactor model. The simulation results indicated that increasing the operating temperature results in increased CH4 conversion and decreased C2 selectivity. An increase in the methane feed flow rate lowers the CH4 conversion but increases the C2 selectivity; however, the effect of the air flow rate on the OCM membrane reactor exhibits an opposite trend. The optimum configuration of the dense BSCFO-MR to provide the best performance was 0.018 m in diameter and 0.2 m in length at a GHSV of 38904.54 h-1 and temperature of 1073 K. Under these optimal conditions, the CH4 conversion is 43.713%, the C2 selectivity is 61.352% and the C2 yield is 26.82%.

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Author Biographies
Wisitsree Wiyaratn

Faculty of Industrial Education and Technology, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140, Thailand

Salamah Manundawee

Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Amornchai Arpornwichanop

Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Suttichai Assabumrungrat

Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Anucha Watanapa

Department of Production Technology Education, Faculty of Industrial Education and Technology, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140, Thailand

Chidporn Worawimut

Learning Innovation and Technology, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140, Thailand

Published
Vol 20 No 1, Jan 29, 2016
How to Cite
W. Wiyaratn, S. Manundawee, A. Arpornwichanop, S. Assabumrungrat, A. Watanapa, and C. Worawimut, “Two-Dimensional Mathematical Modeling of the Oxidative Coupling of Methane in a Membrane Reactor”, Eng. J., vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 17-33, Jan. 2016.

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