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3rd Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference (TFEC)

ISSN: 2379-1748

A NON-THERMAL GLIDING ARC PLASMA REFORMER FOR SYNGAS PRODUCTION

Howard Pearlman
Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc., Lancaster, PA 17601, USA

Max Demydovych
Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc., Lancaster, PA 17601, USA

Alex Rabinovich
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

Shridhar Shenoy
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

DOI: 10.1615/TFEC2018.cbf.022074
pages 301-308


KEY WORDS: Non-thermal plasma, syngas

Abstract

The use of a non-thermal (gliding arc) plasma fuel reformer for producing syngas by partial oxidation of methane is addressed. Experimental results from laboratory experiments are reported with attention to the hydrogen and carbon monoxide yields and their selectivities as a function of the inlet reactant composition, the flowrate, and the applied electrical power used to generate the electrical discharge. The specific energy density (defined as the ratio of the electrical energy applied per unit mass of hydrogen or syngas produced) is also reported along with the efficiency of the plasma fuel reformer. Baseline results with and without reactant preheating are reported.

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