The effect of NO and NO2 on the partial oxidation of methane: experiments and modelling

A.A. Konnov, J.N. Zhu, J.H. Bromly, Dongke Zhang

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Partial oxidation of methane promoted by NO or NO2 has been studied at long residence times experimentallyand computationally. Highly diluted fuel rich CH4 + O2 + N2 mixtures with varying concentrationsof NOx added were reacted in an uncoated tubular flow reactor at a pressure of 120 kPa-a andtemperatures ranging from 773 to 923 K. The residence time was up to 55 s. Products of the partial oxidationwere measured by gas chromatographs and NOx gases with a chemiluminescence analyzer. The impactof heterogeneous reactions on the reactor tube wall was analyzed by comparing the experiments and modeling.It was demonstrated that the influence of the surface reactions at 823 K is less pronounced than thatat 1100 K. It has been observed experimentally and confirmed computationally that, under the prevailingconditions, the promoting effect of both oxides of nitrogen (NO and NO2) is remarkably similar. Key ratecontrollingreactions were revealed by the sensitivity analysis. The similarity of the sensitivity functions fordifferent methane + oxygen + NOx mixtures has been revealed. The comparison of the calculated temporalprofiles shows that irrespective of whether NO or NO2 is originally present in the mixture, the concentrationsof these two oxides approach unique limiting values in approximately 0.5 s at 823 K. This peculiarityof the partial oxidation of methane promoted by NO or NO2 at long residence times is discussed in terms ofthe concurrence of the reactions of H and alkyl radicals relative to HO2 and alkyl peroxy radicals. Theimportance of the reactions of these radicals with NO and NO2 in a detailed reaction mechanism has been demonstrated. ©2004 The Combustion Institute. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1093-1100
JournalProceedings of the Combustion Institute
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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