A CFD study on the reacting flow of partially combusting hot coke oven gas in a bench-scale reformer

Chengyi Li, Srinivas Appari, Ryota Tanaka, Kyoko Hanao, Yeonkyung Lee, Shinji Kudo, Jun Ichiro Hayashi, Vinod M. Janardhanan, Hiroaki Watanabe, Koyo Norinaga

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Abstract A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) approach to simulate reacting flow in a hot coke oven gas (HCOG) reformer is presented. The HCOG was reformed by non-catalytic partial oxidation in a tubular reactor (0.6 m i.d. and ∼4.1 m long) with four oxygen nozzles (0.0427 m i.d.), which was installed on a platform of an operating coke oven. The reforming of HCOG, a multi-component mixture, in a turbulent flow was simulated numerically by considering both chemical reactions and fluid dynamics. The detailed chemical kinetic model, originally consisting of more than 2000 elementary reactions with 257 species, was reduced to 410 reactions with 47 species for realising a kinetic model of finite rate reactions with a k-ε turbulence model. The calculation was carried out using the eddy dissipation concept (EDC) coupled with the kinetic model, and accelerated using the in situ adaptive tabulation (ISAT) algorithm. Numerical simulations could reproduce the reformed gas compositions fairly well, such as H2, CO, CO2, and CH4, as well as the temperature profile in a HCOG reformer as measured by thermocouples.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9428
Pages (from-to)590-598
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Jul 21 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Organic Chemistry


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