Reforming of JP-8 in Microplasmas for Compact SOFC Power <500 W
Final rept. 20 Mar 2007-31 Jul 2010
STEVENS INST OF TECH HOBOKEN NJ
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The need for high energy density electrical power sources for the soldier could be met with portable fuel cells and on-demand production of hydrogen from ubiquitous logistical fuels like JP-8. Microplasma plasma contained in sub-mm volumes reforming is an exciting prospect since it eliminates the drawbacks of catalysts and offers the promise of efficient chemical processing in a compact form. This project seeks to determine the feasibility of microplasma reforming as an effective means of hydrogen production to support compact fuel cells for soldier power. This experimental study exposes various hydrocarbons that are representative of key compounds in JP-8 to microplasma conditions, and evaluates the effectiveness of the extraction of hydrogen from the feed. Detailed experiments permit the determination of conversion of hydrocarbons under various microplasma conditions. Effective models permit understanding of the mechanisms.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics