The role of vapor-liquid equilibria during the Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis: A modeling study

Alejo Aguirre, M. Fernanda Neira d'Angelo (Corresponding author)

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Abstract

This work analyzes the effect of the vapor-liquid equilibria (VLE) on the productivity and the reactor performance during the Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis (FTS). A reactor model is developed considering the VLE and the local variation of the chain growth probability with temperature and the H2/CO ratio. The model describes the VLE with four different levels of complexity to assess the error introduced by making certain model simplifications. The results show that a simplified VLE model that only accounts for the VLE of CO and H2 offers an attractive alternative since it presents a good accuracy while saving computational time and efforts. Additionally, this work shows that the VLE significantly influences the liquid holdup and the pressure drop. Likewise, the catalyst efficiency is strongly affected by the liquid concentration, and therefore by the VLE. Thus, a full VLE description of reactants and products is needed for the accurate modeling of the FTS reactor.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116394
Number of pages12
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Volume233
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Fischer-Tropsch synthesis
  • Product distribution
  • Reactor modelling
  • Vapor-liquid equilibria

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