This study performed three-dimensional numerical simulations to observe the effect of convergent fuel channel on the non-isothermal reactant transport and reforming performance in a plate-shape reactor under methanol steam reforming. Furthermore, the hydrogen production was utilized to estimate the net power output from a PEMFC. The results reveal that the application of convergent fuel channel to a plate-shape reactor evidently improves the hydrogen yield from reformer and estimated net power output from PEMFC. Compared with a common reactor, the novel reactor with the convergent fuel channel of Hout/Hin = 0.25 produces the greatest improvement in the hydrogen yield of 34.85%. However, the novel reactor with the convergent fuel channel of Hout/Hin = 0.5 earns the maximum rise of 8.84% for the estimated net power output form a PEMFC under considering the pressure drop through the channel.
|Translated title of the contribution||Numerical Study of Plate-Shape Methanol Steaming Reformer with a Convergent Fuel Channel|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of the Chinese Society of Mechanical Engineers, Transactions of the Chinese Institute of Engineers, Series C/Chung-Kuo Chi Hsueh Kung Ch'eng Hsuebo Pao|
|Publication status||Published - 2019 Dec 1|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanical Engineering