Reactor sizing for butane steam reforming over Ni and Ru catalysts

Minjun Seong, Mi Shin, Jung Ho Cho, Young Chul Lee, Young Kwon Park, Jong Ki Jeon

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We obtained kinetics data on steam reforming of butane and calculated the appropriate reactor size based on the kinetics data. Using commercial Ni and Ru catalysts, steam reforming reactions of butane were performed while changing the reaction temperature and partial pressure of reactants. After comparing the power law model and the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model by using the kinetics data obtained from the experiment, it is revealed that the reaction rate could be determined by both models in the reforming reaction of butane over commercial Ni and Ru catalysts. Also, calculation of the steam reforming reactor size using a PRO/II simulation with a kinetic model equation showed that the reactor size using the Ni catalyst is smaller than that with the Ru catalyst to obtain the same conversion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-418
Number of pages7
JournalKorean Journal of Chemical Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • Butane
  • Reaction Kinetics
  • Reactor Sizing
  • Simulation
  • Steam Reforming


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