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Energies, Vol. 11, Pages 1578: Industrial-Scale Experimental Study on the Thermal Oxidation of Ventilation Air Methane and the Heat Recovery in a Multibed Thermal Flow-Reversal Reactor

Energies, Vol. 11, Pages 1578: Industrial-Scale Experimental Study on the Thermal Oxidation of Ventilation Air Methane and the Heat Recovery in a Multibed Thermal Flow-Reversal Reactor

Energies doi: 10.3390/en11061578

Authors: Bo Lan You-Rong Li Xu-Sheng Zhao Jian-Dong Kang

In the present work, an industrial-scale experiment on ventilation air methane (VAM) utilization by a multibed thermal flow-reversal reactor (TFRR) is conducted in China. The influence of the inlet flow rate, feed methane concentration, and cycle time on the temperature distribution of the bed and heat recovery efficiency are investigated. The methane conversion in the studied cases exceeds 97%. The results show that the methane concentration during self-maintained operation of the TFRR without heat recovery should not be less than 0.22 vol % when the inlet flow rate is 103,000 Nm3/h and the cycle time is 300 s. As the inlet flow rate decreases, the lower concentration limit of automatic thermal maintenance increases. The peak temperature of the bed approaches the inlet side as the feed methane concentration increases and the cycle time decreases. The heat recovery efficiency increases linearly with increasing inlet flow rate, rises parabolically with an increasing feed methane concentration, and decreases weakly with increasing cycle time.

Authors:   Lan, Bo ; Li, You-Rong ; Zhao, Xu-Sheng ; Kang, Jian-Dong
Journal:   Energies
Volume:   11
edition:   6
Year:   2018
Pages:   1578
DOI:   10.3390/en11061578
Publication date:   15-Jun-2018
Facts, background information, dossiers
  • temperature
  • thermal oxidation
  • maintenance
  • concentration
  • China
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