Progress of Cryogenics and Isotopes Separation , ISSN: 1582-2575
2010, Volume 13, Issue 1

A CFD Investigation of Membrane Reactor for Methane Steam Reforming

Elena Carcadea 1* , Mihai Varlam 1 , Ioan Stefanescu 1 , Derek B. Ingham 2 , Vasile Tanislav 1 , Catalin Capris 1 , Horia Ene 3 , Bogdan Nicolescu 4

1 National Institute for Research and Development for Cryogenics and Isotopic Technologies - ICIT Rm. Valcea, Uzinei Street no. 4, P.O. Box Raureni 7, 240050, Ramnicu Valcea, Romania
2 CFD Centre, Leeds University, UK
3 Romanian Academy of Sciences, Mathematical Institute, Bucharest, Romania
4 Pitesti University, Faculty of Mathematics, Romania

*Corresponding author: Elena Carcadea, e-mail:

Published: May 2010


In this study, a packed bed catalytic membrane reactor for steam methane reforming was numerically analyzed. The solution of the numerical model taken into consideration was obtained by a computational fluid dynamics solver, Fluent. The first 2D CFD simulation results present the flow distribution in the reactor, the velocity profile and the mass fraction for two species: the methane and the hydrogen. This is an introductory study that is intended to give us an insight regarding the interaction flow-heat-chemical reaction that is taking place inside a porous membrane reactor. 


CFD, reactor, membrane, modelling.

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