Two-dimensional analytical investigation of coupled heat and mass transfer and entropy generation in a porous, catalytic microreactor

Hunt, G. , Karimi, N. and Torabi, M. (2018) Two-dimensional analytical investigation of coupled heat and mass transfer and entropy generation in a porous, catalytic microreactor. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 119, pp. 372-391. (doi:10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2017.11.118)

Hunt, G. , Karimi, N. and Torabi, M. (2018) Two-dimensional analytical investigation of coupled heat and mass transfer and entropy generation in a porous, catalytic microreactor. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 119, pp. 372-391. (doi:10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2017.11.118)

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Abstract

Influences of the solid body of microreactors (or the microstructure) upon the transfer processes and hence on the performance of microreactors have been recently emphasised. Nonetheless, the subtle connections between microstructure design and micro-transport phenomena are still largely unknown. To resolve this, the current paper presents an analytical study of the advective-diffusive transport phenomena in a microreactor filled with porous media and with catalytic surfaces. The system under investigation includes the fluid and porous solid phases inside a microchannel with thick walls and subject to uneven thermal loads. The thermal diffusion of mass, viscous dissipation of the flow momentum and local thermal non-equilibrium in the porous medium are considered. The axial variations of heat and mass transfer processes are also taken into account and two-dimensional solutions of the temperature and concentration fields are provided. The local and total entropy generation within the system are further calculated. The results clearly demonstrate the major influences of thick walls on the thermal behaviour and subsequently on the mass transfer and entropy generation of the microreactor. In particular, the Nusselt number is shown to be strongly dependent upon the configuration of microstructure such that it decreases significantly by thickening the walls. The results also demonstrate that for finite Soret numbers the total irreversibility of the system is dominated by the Soret effect. The analytical results of this work can be further used for the validation of future numerical analyses of microreactors.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hunt, Graeme and Karimi, Dr Nader
Authors: Hunt, G., Karimi, N., and Torabi, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0017-9310
ISSN (Online):1879-2189
Published Online:22 December 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Journal of Heat and Mass Tranfser 119: 372-391
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
678901EPSRC DTG 2014Mary Beth KneafseyEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/M506539/1RSI - RESEARCH STRATEGY & INNOVATION