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Title: On-board diesel autothermal reforming for PEM fuel cells: Simulation and optimization

Alternative power sources are nowadays the only option to provide a quick response to the current regulations on automotive pollutant emissions. Hydrogen fuel cell is one promising solution, but the nature of the gas is such that the in-vehicle conversion of other fuels into hydrogen is necessary. In this paper, autothermal reforming, for Diesel on-board conversion into a hydrogen-rich gas suitable for PEM fuel cells, has investigated using the simulation tool Aspen Plus. A steady-state model has been developed to analyze the fuel processor and the overall system performance. The components of the fuel processor are: the fuel reforming reactor, two water gas shift reactors, a preferential oxidation reactor and H{sub 2} separation unit. The influence of various operating parameters such as oxygen to carbon ratio, steam to carbon ratio, and temperature on the process components has been analyzed in-depth and results are presented.
Authors:
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  1. University of NiccolòCusano, Via Don Carlo Gnocchi 3 - Rome (Italy)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22391124
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1648; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: ICNAAM-2014: International Conference on Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics 2014, Rhodes (Greece), 22-28 Sep 2014; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; CARBON; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; CONVERSION; HYDROGEN; HYDROGEN FUEL CELLS; MATHEMATICAL SOLUTIONS; OPTIMIZATION; OXIDATION; OXYGEN; PROTON EXCHANGE MEMBRANE FUEL CELLS; STEADY-STATE CONDITIONS; WATER GAS