Kinetic model for Pd-based membranes coking/deactivation in propane dehydrogenation processes
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Author/sBrencio, Camilla; Gough, Robin; de Leeuw den Bouter, Anouk; Arratibel, Alba; Di Felice, Luca; [et al.]
This work aims at providing insight into the deactivation mechanism of Pd-based membranes in propane dehydrogenation processes. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) experiments were conducted to study the adsorption and coking of propylene over conventional thin layer (TL) and double-skinned (DS) Pd-based membranes under several operating conditions. A mechanistic monolayer-multilayer coke growth model was selected to mathematically describe the membrane coking observed during TGA experiments. In addition, the reaction rate of coke formation and its influence on membranes deactivation has been studied. The deactivation model able to describe the hydrogen flux decay over time suggests that monolayer coke is the main responsible for the membrane deactivation. Multilayer coke also causes deactivation but with a smaller order than monolayer coke, for both the TL and the DS membranes. Among the two membrane types, DS membrane deactivates faster, i.e. with a higher order than the TL membrane, which ...