A Singular Perturbation Problem for Steady State Conversion of Methane Oxidation in a Reverse Flow Reactor

Aang Nuryaman, Agus Yodi Gunawan, Kuntjoro Adji Sidarto, Yogi Wibisono Budhi

Abstract


The governing equations describing methane oxidation in a reverse flow reactor are given by a set of convective-diffusion equations with a nonlinear reaction term, where temperature and methane conversion are dependent variables. In this study, the process is assumed to be a one-dimensional pseudohomogeneous model and takes place with a certain reaction rate in which thewhole process ofthereactor is still workable. Thus, the reaction rate can proceed at a fixed temperature. Under these conditions, we can restrict ourselves to solving the equations for the conversion only. From the available data, it turns out that the ratio of the diffusion term to the reaction term is small. Hence, this ratio is considered as a small parameter in our model and this leads to a singular perturbation problem. Numerical difficulties will be found in the vicinity of a small parameter in front of a higher order term. Here, we present an analytical solutionby means of matched asymptotic expansions. The result shows that, up to and including the first order of approximation, the solution is in agreement with the exact and numerical solutions of the boundary value problem.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5614%2Fitbj.sci.2012.44.3.7

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