Simulation of methanol production from residual biomasses in a Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 packed bed reactor

Keywords: Methanol, SYNGAS, Catalyst, Simulation


This article aims to simulate an algorithm constructed in MATLAB to represent the catalytic conversion of SYNGAS into methanol in a packed-bed reactor, based on chemical kinetics for a heterogeneous system with a Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 as a catalyst, and complementary math and phenomenological models, as a pressure drop and catalyst deactivation. Model validation is developed, comparing reference results and the results by running the algorithm in MATLAB using a reference SYNGAS composition. Also, the constructed model considers a catalyst deactivation by sintering and pressure drop along the reactor.  Several parameters were evaluated to identify the pro conditions for methyl alcohol production; these parameters include the gasifying agent selection, the biomass and steam ratio effect, and the biomass origin.

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Author Biographies

Carlos Esteban Aristizabal-Alzate, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano ITM
M.Sc in Industrial Energy Manegement (Facultad de Ingeniería)
Andrés Felipe Vargas-Ramírez, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano

Associate professor ITM       

Pedro Nel Alvarado-Torres, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano



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How to Cite
Aristizabal-Alzate, C. E., Vargas-Ramírez, A. F., & Alvarado-Torres, P. N. (2020). Simulation of methanol production from residual biomasses in a Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 packed bed reactor. Revista Facultad De Ingeniería Universidad De Antioquia.