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High aspect ratio catalytic reactor and catalyst inserts therefor

United States Patent

April 10, 2018
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The present invention relates to high efficient tubular catalytic steam reforming reactor configured from about 0.2 inch to about 2 inch inside diameter high temperature metal alloy tube or pipe and loaded with a plurality of rolled catalyst inserts comprising metallic monoliths. The catalyst insert substrate is formed from a single metal foil without a central supporting structure in the form of a spiral monolith. The single metal foil is treated to have 3-dimensional surface features that provide mechanical support and establish open gas channels between each of the rolled layers. This unique geometry accelerates gas mixing and heat transfer and provides a high catalytic active surface area. The small diameter, high aspect ratio tubular catalytic steam reforming reactors loaded with rolled catalyst inserts can be arranged in a multi-pass non-vertical parallel configuration thermally coupled with a heat source to carry out steam reforming of hydrocarbon-containing feeds. The rolled catalyst inserts are self-supported on the reactor wall and enable efficient heat transfer from the reactor wall to the reactor interior, and lower pressure drop than known particulate catalysts. The heat source can be oxygen transport membrane reactors.
Lin; Jiefeng (Rochester, NY), Kelly; Sean M. (Pittsford, NY)
14/ 979,790
December 28, 2015
U.S. GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The invention disclosed and claimed herein was made with United States Government support under Cooperative Agreement number DE-FC26-07NT43088 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The United States Government has certain rights in this invention.