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Decomposition of benzene as a biomass gasification tar in CH4 carrier gas using non-thermal plasma: Parametric and kinetic study

Lookup NU author(s): Faisal Saleem, Aumber Abbas, Abdul Rehman, Dr Kui Zhang, Professor Adam Harvey



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© 2022. In this work, the decomposition of benzene was studied with CH4 using a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) reactor. The experimental conditions such as input power, residence time, and concentration were varied to investigate the decomposition of benzene. The decomposition of benzene increased with increasing input power and residence time. The highest decomposition of benzene at 40 W and 2.86 s was 82.9%. The major gaseous products were H2 and lower hydrocarbons (LHC) and the yield of these products also increases with input power and residence time. The percentage yield of H2 increases from 0.65 to 5.18% by increasing input power from 5 to 40 W at 2.86 s. Similarly, the yield of LHC increases from 0.78 to 8.86% for benzene under the same reaction conditions. Hence, input power promoted the decomposition of tar compounds and enhanced the yield of gaseous products. However, at higher concentrations of the tar compound, decomposition efficiency and product yield decreased. The modified first-order kinetic model was used for the decomposition of tar model compound and methane carrier gas.

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Author(s): Saleem F, Abbas A, Rehman A, Khoja AH, Naqvi SR, Arshad MY, Zhang K, Harvey A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of the Energy Institute

Year: 2022

Volume: 102

Pages: 190-195

Print publication date: 01/06/2022

Online publication date: 21/03/2022

Acceptance date: 17/03/2022

Date deposited: 31/05/2022

ISSN (print): 1743-9671

ISSN (electronic): 1746-0220

Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.joei.2022.03.009

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/a91s-by92


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