A multi-component two-phase lattice Boltzmann method applied to a 1-D Fischer-Tropsch reactor

M. R. Kamali, Sankaran Sundaresan, H. E.A. Van den Akker, J. J.J. Gillissen

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A multi-component two-phase lattice Boltzmann method of the Shan-Chen type has been developed for simulating the complex interplay of diffusion and surface reaction in a multi-component gas-liquid catalytic chemical reactor. This method development comprised of various steps, viz. the formulation, implementation, and validation of lattice Boltzmann techniques capable of reproducing, among other things, species transport across a phase interface, a chemical reaction at a catalytic surface, and a phase change due to the surface reaction, which all are relevant to the Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis (FTS). The most important steps taken in developing method and implementation, along with some validations are discussed. This paper presents the results of the simulations for a simplified isothermal 1-D FTS case with a liquid film covering a catalytic surface and gradually growing due to the surface reaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)587-595
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


  • Fischer-Tropsch
  • Lattice Boltzmann
  • Multi-component two-phase
  • Phase change
  • Surface reaction


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