Design of a molybdenum high throughput microreactor for high temperature screening of catalytic coatings

M.J.M. Mies, E.V. Rebrov, M.H.J.M. Croon, de, J.C. Schouten

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This paper focuses on a CFD approach to optimize the design parameters for a high throughput microreactor prior to reactor micromachining and assembling. A molybdenum-based microreactor has been designed for the screening of catalytic coatings in the 100-800 DegC temp. range in gas phase reactions involving large heat effects (DH298 = +-500 kJ/mol). The microreactor consists of eight microstructured compartments, each with a cross section of 2.28 mm * 10.18 mm and 40 mm in length. Eight 100 mm thick molybdenum plates with a deposited catalytic layer with a thickness up to 10 mm are to be inserted in each compartment at distances of 130 mm from each other. Using the CFD code Fluent6.0, it is demonstrated that a low-pressure drop flow diffuser, positioned upstream of the microreactor, distributes reactants evenly in a flow range of 50-1000 cm3/min (STP) throughout all compartments. The gas sampling section allows to analyze the reaction products from a selected compartment with no interference from adjacent compartments. The quench section provides a fast quench of the effluent gases within milliseconds to avoid consecutive reactions. The corrosion resistance of the reactor can be improved by at. layer deposition of a 200 nm a alumina layer
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-235
Number of pages11
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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