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Influence of process variables and optimization of ethylene yield in oxidative coupling of methane over Li/MgO catalyst

Amin, Nor Aishah Saidina and Pheng, Soon Ee (2006) Influence of process variables and optimization of ethylene yield in oxidative coupling of methane over Li/MgO catalyst. Chemical Engineering Journal, 116 (3). pp. 187-195. ISSN 1385-8947

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2005.12.002

Abstract

The effects of operating temperature, inlet oxygen concentration, and F/W on ethylene production by oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) were studied over Li/MgO (Li/Mg = 0.1) catalyst. Central composite experimental design (CCD) and response surface methodology (RSM) were utilized to determine the best operating condition for maximum ethylene production. The design led to three surface responses describing the dependence of methane conversion, ethylene yield, and ethylene selectivity on operating temperature (737-913°C), inlet oxygen concentration (6.2-23.8 vol.%) and F/W (9280-35,720 ml/g h). The equation models were tested with analysis of variance with 5% level of significance. The results of the analysis revealed that the equation models fitted well with the experimental results for methane conversion and ethylene yield. Numerical results indicated the maximum ethylene yield was 8.14% at optimum operating temperature = 839.51°C, inlet oxygen concentration = 18.89 vol.% and F/W = 20264.34 ml/g h. Additional experiments were carried out at the optimum condition for verification.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:ethylene production, OCM, Li/MgO, response surface methodology, central composite design, optimization
Divisions:Chemical and Natural Resources Engineering (Formerly known)
ID Code:9056
Deposited By: Nurunnadiah Baharum
Deposited On:27 Jul 2009 03:29
Last Modified:27 Jul 2009 03:29

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