Catalytic Microreactors for Portable Power Generation
"Catalytic Microreactors for Portable Power Generation” addresses a problem of high relevance and increased complexity in energy technology. This thesis outlines an investigation into catalytic and gas-phase combustion characteristics in channel-flow, platinum-coated microreactors. The emphasis of the study is on microreactor/microturbine concepts for portable power generation and the fuels of interest are methane and propane. The author carefully describes numerical and experimental techniques, providing a new insight into the complex interactions between chemical kinetics and molecular transport processes, as well as giving the first detailed report of hetero-/homogeneous chemical reaction mechanisms for catalytic propane combustion. The outcome of this work will be widely applied to the industrial design of micro- and mesoscale combustors.
Nominated by the Paul Scherrer Institute for a Springer Theses Prize. A comprehensive numerical model for the investigation of catalytic microscale reactors is used and described for the first time. Provides valuable information of high scientific impact on the design and operation of catalytic microreactors for portable power generation.