Document Type: Research note
In this study, we examined a scale-up to production of nickel perovskite catalyst, used in the conversion of natural gas to synthesis gas, using the sol-gel method in the laboratory and a bench-scale reactor. The required volume of solvent and catalyst activity in the methane-reforming reaction was determined from the optimum catalyst production conditions at the laboratory scale. This information was then used to design the bench-scale unit. We used heat-transfer models in a non-continuous bench reactor and scale-up fundamentals to achieve the same physical and chemical properties of the catalyst as that in the laboratory sample. A correlation coefficient corresponding to the experiment conditions, including the stirrer geometry, is presented based on the heat transfer equations in stirred tanks. This correlation can be used to estimate the heattransfer coefficient at larger scales, such as in a pilot reactor.