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Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering


Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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Richard Branam, PhD


Catalytic partial oxidation (CPOX) reforming experiments were performed using a 10 kW Aspen Products Group, Inc. fuel processing prototype utilizing military logistic fuels JP8 and S8. S8 is a sulfur-free Fisher-Tropsch fuel, while JP8 is a multi-fuel blend, which could impact reforming efficiency, product distribution and byproduct production. Sulfur contained within the JP8 will adversely affect the product distribution; therefore, desulfurization beds, capable of removing up to 1000 ppm sulfur, were incorporated into the system. The catalyst used in the prototype is noble metal dispersed on cordierite monolith. The goal of this experiment was to evaluate the efficiency and product distribution of the prototype fuel processor through application of several potential military fuels. These results are compared with computational models (Stanjan) to determine if CPOX reactions can be appropriately modeled. JP8 with 700 ppm of sulfur had the highest efficiency of 84.62% followed by JP8 with 400 ppm of sulfur at 84.37% and S8 at 84.37%.

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