Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Blowout and Emissions Characteristics Evaluation of Methane Steam Reformate Gas

By: Justin Hwang

Advisor: Professor Paul Erickson

Blowout and emissions characteristics of simulated reformate gas (RG) from methane steam reformation were investigated experimentally in a non-premixed jet flame into a quasi-quiescent air. The simulated reformate gas composition was based on experimental data of methane steam reformation. Effects of three different input variables were investigated; fraction of the reformate gas mixed with methane; conversion of the reformate gas; and steam-to-carbon ratio. Factorial design of experiment was performed and the effects of the input variables were quantified within the design space. Other selected parameters were investigated for their effects on the output variables. Selected fuel mixtures were investigated numerically using freely propagating 1-D premixed flame code in Cantera. Species distributions and net production rates of the hydrogen, methane, and RG flames were investigated and the sensitivity analyses were conducted.

Date(s) - 11/27/2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

2130 Bainer - MAE Conference Room


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