Modeling of multicomponent concentration profiles in membrane microreactors

Khaled Alfadhel, Mayuresh V. Kothare

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In this paper, we study the problem of modeling multicomponent concentration profiles in a membrane-based microreactor. Using basic constitutive laws of mass balance, we derive a low-order model of a generic membrane microreactor, incorporating chemical reaction and permeation through a selective micro-membrane and utilizing a pressure distribution formula for slipping flows from our previous work. Without loss of generality, the model can address nonisothermal conditions and can be extended to allow flow compressibility. We study the utility of our model in evaluating the optimal design and operation of a palladium-based membrane microreactor for conducting hydrogen purification and water gas shift (WGS) reforming in microfuel processing applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9794-9804
Number of pages11
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number26
StatePublished - Dec 21 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)


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