Complexity and challenges in noncontact high temperature measurements in microwave-assisted catalytic reactors

Lalit S. Gangurde, Guido S.J. Sturm, Tushar J. Devadiga, Andrzej I. Stankiewicz*, Georgios D. Stefanidis

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Abstract

The complexity and challenges in noncontact temperature measurements inside microwave-heated catalytic reactors are presented in this paper. A custom-designed microwave cavity has been used to focus the microwave field on the catalyst and enable monitoring of the temperature field in 2D. A methodology to study the temperature distribution in the catalytic bed by using a thermal camera in combination with a thermocouple for a heterogeneous catalytic reaction (methane dry reforming) under microwave heating has been demonstrated. The effects of various variables that affect the accuracy of temperature recordings are discussed in detail. The necessity of having at least one contact sensor, such as a thermocouple, or some other microwave transparent sensor, is recommended to keep track of the temperature changes occurring in the catalytic bed during the reaction under microwave heating.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13379-13391
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Volume56
Issue number45
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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