The physics of water and wax in the pores of a working Gas-to-Liquids catalyst

M. Dukalski, J.D.R. Harting, H.P. Huinink, F. Kako Joibari, W. Onderwaater, E. Bijl, van der, B. Oort, van, G. Wijts, H. Zhang

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The so-called Fischer-Tropsch catalysis allows to convert natural gas into liquid products and is the underlying mechanism of commercially used "Gas-to-Liquids" plants. The actual reaction takes place in millimetre sized porous pellets in which active metallic particles are dispersed as catalysts. Due to the reaction the pores of the pellets will become filled with the reaction products ("wax" and water), but it is uncertain if the fluid in the pores can be understood as a single liquid phase, a liquid-gas mixture, or multiple continuous phases. The answer to this question is important for a thorough understanding of the transport processes inside the reactor and can be utilized to improve its eciency. In this project, a theoretical analysis of the behaviour inside the pores is performed. It is concluded that a liquid water phase might well exist next to the wax phase. However, the analysis is based on very limited experimental data of unknown quality. Therefore, we propose a number of possible experiments to validate the theoretical concepts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Workshop Physics with Industry, 19-22 November 2012, Leiden, The Netherlands
Place of PublicationUtrecht
PublisherStichting FOM
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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