Analysis & Adaptation of Advanced Fischer Tropsch Catalyst Structures and Resulting BOP Reductions to Fulfill Future Navy Fuel Needs

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-07-M-0393
Agency Tracking Number:
N074-027-0054
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
INTRAMICRON, INC.
P.O. Box 59586, Birmingham, AL, 35259
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
115041332
Principal Investigator:
Bruce Tatarchuk
Professor & CM3 Director
(334) 844-2023
tatarbj@auburn.edu
Business Contact:
John Stein
CEO
(205) 249-8365
jstein@intramicron.com
Research Institution:
AUBURN UNIV.
Bruce Tatarchuk
316 Ross Hall
Auburn University, AL, 36849
(334) 844-2023
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Microfibrous Entrapped Catalysts (MFEC) are proposed for detailed analysis to determine their potential to meet future Navy fuel needs by means of highly selective Fischer Tropsch Synthesis (FTS). MFEC are comprised of small grains of supported catalysts (ca. 10-200 micron diameter) entrapped within sinter-locked networks of micron diameter metal fibers. Metal fibers comprise only 5-10 vol% of the solid matrix, yet increase effective thermal conductivity by 3 to 12 times compared to packed beds. High conductivity catalysts in a variety of reactor structures will be investigated as a means to reduce hot spots and thereby improve FTS selectivity. Improved selectivity and reduced downstream post-processing are critical to reductions in the Balance of Plant (BOP). Reduced BOP improves modularity and ease of deployment. MFEC are readily manufacturable and provide high effective heat transfer and high intraparticle & intrabed mass transport. MFEC combine the beneficial attributes of orientation independent "frozen fluidized beds" as well as "fixed slurry beds" not requiring difficult catalyst-product separations. Process modeling will also be conducted to determine those catalyst structures, reactor types, operating conditions, and integrated designs which have the greatest impact on feed flexibility, product selectivity, process robustness, modularity, thermodynamic efficiency, annualized operating costs, and BOP.

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