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Method and apparatus for obtaining enhanced production rate of thermal chemical reactions

United States Patent

September 9, 2003
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Reactors and processes are disclosed that can utilize high heat fluxes to obtain fast, steady-state reaction rates. Porous catalysts used in conjunction with microchannel reactors to obtain high rates of heat transfer are also disclosed. Reactors and processes that utilize short contact times, high heat flux and low pressure drop are described. Improved methods of steam reforming are also provided.
Tonkovich; Anna Lee Y. (Pasco, WA), Wang; Yong (Richland, WA), Wegeng; Robert S. (Richland, WA), Gao; Yufei (Kennewick, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
09/ 492,246
January 27, 2000
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC0676RLO1830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.