An analysis of heat transfer processes in an internal indirect reforming type solid oxide fuel cell

Grzegorz Brus, Zygmunt Kolenda, Shinji Kimijima, Janusz S. Szmyd

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Abstract

This paper presents experimental and numerical studies on the fuel reforming process on an Ni/YSZ catalyst. Nickel is widely known as a catalyst material for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. Because of its prices and catalytic properties, Ni is used in both electrodes and internal reforming reactors. However, using Ni as a catalyst carries some disadvantages. Carbon formation is a major problem during a methane/steam reforming reaction based on Ni catalysis. Carbon formation occurs between nickel and metal-support, creating fibers which damage the catalytic property of the reactor. To prevent carbon deposition, the steam-to-carbon ratio is kept between 3 and 5 throughout the entire process. To optimize the reforming reactors, detailed data about the entire reforming process is required. In the present paper kinetics of methane/steam reforming on the Ni/YSZ catalyst was experimentally investigated. Measurements including different thermal boundary conditions, the fuel flow rate and the steam-to-methane ratios were performed. The reforming rate equation derived from experimental data was used in the numerical model to predict synthetic gas composition at the outlet of the reformer.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 14th International Heat Transfer Conference, IHTC 14
Pages71-80
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 1
Event2010 14th International Heat Transfer Conference, IHTC 14 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: 2010 Aug 82010 Aug 13

Publication series

Name2010 14th International Heat Transfer Conference, IHTC 14
Volume5

Conference

Conference2010 14th International Heat Transfer Conference, IHTC 14
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period10/8/810/8/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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    Brus, G., Kolenda, Z., Kimijima, S., & Szmyd, J. S. (2010). An analysis of heat transfer processes in an internal indirect reforming type solid oxide fuel cell. In 2010 14th International Heat Transfer Conference, IHTC 14 (pp. 71-80). (2010 14th International Heat Transfer Conference, IHTC 14; Vol. 5). https://doi.org/10.1115/IHTC14-22785