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Title: Testing of a 7-tube palladium membrane reactor for potential use in TEP

Abstract

A Palladium Membrane Reactor (PMR) consists of a palladium/silver membrane permeator filled with catalyst (catalyst may be inside or outside the membrane tubes). The PMR is designed to recover tritium from the methane, water, and other impurities present in fusion reactor effluent. A key feature of a PMR is that the total hydrogen isotope content of a stream is significantly reduced as (1) methane-steam reforming and/or water-gas shift reactions proceed on the catalyst bed and (2) hydrogen isotopes are removed via permeation through the membrane. With a PMR design matched to processing requirements, nearly complete hydrogen isotope removals can be achieved. A 3-tube PMR study was recently completed. From the results presented in this study, it was possible to conclude that a PMR is appropriate for TEP, perforated metal tube protectors function well, platinum on aluminum (PtA) catalyst performs the best, conditioning with air is probably required to properly condition the Pd/Ag tubes, and that CO/CO{sub 2} ratios maybe an indicator of coking. The 3-tube PMR had a permeator membrane area of 0.0247 m{sup 2} and a catalyst volume to membrane area ratio of 4.63 cc/cm{sup 2} (with the catalyst on the outside of the membrane tubes and the catalystmore » only covering the membrane tube length). A PMR for TEP will require a larger membrane area (perhaps 0.35 m{sup 2}). With this in mind, an intermediate sized PMR was constructed. This PMR has 7 permeator tubes and a total membrane area of 0.0851 m{sup 2}. The catalyst volume to membrane area ratio for the 7-tube PMR was 5.18 cc/cm{sup 2}. The total membrane area of the 7-tube PMR (0.0851 m{sup 2}) is 3.45 times larger than total membrane area of the 3-tube PMR (0.0247 m{sup 2}). The following objectives were identified for the 7-tube PMR tests: (1) Refine test measurements, especially humidity and flow; (2) Refine maintenance procedures for Pd/Ag tube conditioning; (3) Evaluate baseline PMR operating conditions; (4) Determine PMR scaling method; (5) Evaluate PMR with realistic feed compositions; (6) Evaluate PMR performance with varying permeate pressures; (7) Study coking-related issues; and (8) Identify any unexpected behavior that may require further investigation (used to study transient behavior). This report presents the tests results defined by these objectives.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Laboratory
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1011484
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-10-03092; LA-UR-10-3092
TRN: US1102180
DOE Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: ITER Conceptual Design Review ; May 12, 2010 ; Cadarache, France
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22; ALUMINIUM; CATALYSTS; COKING; DESIGN; HUMIDITY; HYDROGEN ISOTOPES; IMPURITIES; MAINTENANCE; MEMBRANES; METHANE; PALLADIUM; PERFORMANCE; PLATINUM; PROCESSING; TESTING; THERMONUCLEAR REACTORS; TRANSIENTS; TRITIUM; WATER; WATER GAS

Citation Formats

Carlson, Bryan J, Trujillo, Stephen, and Willms, R. Scott. Testing of a 7-tube palladium membrane reactor for potential use in TEP. United States: N. p., 2010. Web.
Carlson, Bryan J, Trujillo, Stephen, & Willms, R. Scott. Testing of a 7-tube palladium membrane reactor for potential use in TEP. United States.
Carlson, Bryan J, Trujillo, Stephen, and Willms, R. Scott. Fri . "Testing of a 7-tube palladium membrane reactor for potential use in TEP". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1011484.
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