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dc.contributor.advisor Bayazitoglu, Yildiz
dc.creatorGernand, Jeremy Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-03T21:11:44Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-03T21:11:44Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/20554
dc.description.abstract A new design for a microchannel methanol-steam reformer has been developed to provide power in conjunction with a micro fuel cell for a portable, low-power device. The design is optimized for low pumping power and rapid operation as well as thermal efficiency, overall size, and complete generation of the available hydrogen. An iterative, implicit, finite element solution code, which locates the boundaries between liquid, two-phase, and gaseous flow, provides a complete solution of the fluid and heat transfer properties throughout the device. The solution employs experimentally verified microchannel fluid dynamics relations to develop accurate results, but this is the first application of those relations to a methanol-water mixture. Based on this analysis, the proposed microreformer design will have an efficiency of 42%, with a theoretical maximum of 70%.
dc.format.extent 107 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectChemical engineering
Mechanical engineering
Energy
dc.title Design of a methanol to hydrogen micro-reformer for fuel cell applications
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
thesis.degree.discipline Engineering
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science
dc.identifier.citation Gernand, Jeremy Michael. "Design of a methanol to hydrogen micro-reformer for fuel cell applications." (2007) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/20554.


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