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    • ISSN: 2010-0221
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Prof. Dr. Shen-Ming Chen
National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan

IJCEA 2011 Vol.2(3): 147-156 ISSN: 2010-0221
DOI: 10.7763/IJCEA.2011.V2.93

Methane Steam Reforming Reaction Behaviour in a Packed Bed Membrane Reactor

Lemnouer Chibane and Brahim Djellouli

Abstract—In this work, the performance of the reaction of steam reforming of methane carried out in a pd-membrane reactor was theoretically studied and analyzed. In order to determine the optimal conditions leading to the improvement of the hydrogen production from this reaction, an isothermal steady-state model was developed to simulate the operating parameters. The main results show that the model can predict the performance of the membrane reactor. It was found that the conversion of methane was significantly enhanced by the removal of hydrogen from the reaction side under the following conditions: temperature ranging from 580-600°C, pressure=300-600kPa, steam to methane ratio=3 and sweeping ratio=3. Under those conditions, the H2/CO ratio obtained is satisfactory, a nearly complete conversion of methane and highly hydrogen recovery were achieved.

Index Terms—Hydrogen production, Methane steam reforming, Palladium membrane reactor.

Lemnouer Chibane and Brahim Djellouli are with Laboratoire de Géniedes Procédés Chimiques (LGPC), Faculté de Technologie, Université FerhatABBAS, 19000, Sétif, Algérie.Corresponding author, Tel:213559736695; Fax:213 36925133; E-mailaddress:


Cite: Lemnouer Chibane and Brahim Djellouli, "Methane Steam Reforming Reaction Behaviour in a Packed Bed Membrane Reactor," International Journal of Chemical Engineering and Applications vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 147-156, 2011.

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