The relevance of thermokinetic interactions and numerical modeling to the homogeneous partial oxidation of methane

Brian F. Gray*, John F. Griffiths, Gary A. Foulds, Brian G. Charlton, G. Stewart Walker

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Abstract

Both a two-dimensional thermokinetic model and a detailed multidimensional one, only tractable by numerical computation, are applied to the high-pressure, low-temperature, noncatalytic, direct partial oxidation of methane in a continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR). It is shown that all the phenomena encountered experimentally in this system so far can be accounted for qualitatively by the two-dimensional model and semiquantitatively by the numerical approach. These phenomena include the parametric dependencies of methanol selectivity and yield and the occurrence and significance of hysteresis, bifurcation, oscillation, and extinction, of the direct partial oxidation reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1126-1135
Number of pages10
JournalIndustrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Volume33
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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