Experimental and numerical study of detailed reaction mechanism optimization for syngas (H2 + CO) production by non-catalytic partial oxidation of methane in a flow reactor

Sanghyun Han, Jungsoo Park, Soonho Song, Kwang Min Chun

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) detailed reaction mechanism of methane combustion was optimized based on a flow reactor experiment to obtain syngas (H2 + CO). The experimental methane partial oxidation was conducted with pre-mixed gas in a flow reactor. Specifically, 0.2% methane and 0.1% oxygen were diluted with 99.7% argon, restraining the exothermic effect. The experiment was conducted from 1223 K to 1523 K under pressure. Through a comparison of the experimental results with calculated values, the NIST mechanism was selected as a starting point. Rate coefficients of O + OH = O2 + H, CH3 + O2 = CH3O + O, and C2H2 + O2 = HCCO + OH were replaced with results from other studies. The replaced rate coefficient for CH3 + O2 = CH3O + O was again optimized, within its reported uncertainty of 3.16, based on the experimental results of this study. The revised value of the rate coefficient for CH3 + O2 = CH3O + O was k37 = 7.92 × 10 13 × e(-31400/RT). The optimized mechanism showed better performance in predicting the results of other studies, as well as this study. The optimization reduced the RMS error for the results of this study from 6.7 to 1.18.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8762-8771
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Aug 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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