Methanol Lab

Methanol Synthesis

Codename: #teamMS

The methanol synthesis unit is a small scale Lurgi process and its main function is to convert the H2 and CO2 input to a mixture of methanol and water.  H2 and CO2 are fed into the reactor and this mixture reacts over a CuZnAl2O3 catalyst. The main reason for selecting the Lurgi process is its relative simplicity: no water gas shift reaction is needed thus the number of components and consequently the total capex of the system is expected to be lower.

Approach

Process modeling (calculate stuff)

  • Building a kinetic-dynamic reactor model.
  • Design the process flow diagram. (steady state)
  • Design the process flow diagram (dynamic)

Component design (draw stuff)

  • 3D CAD model of the reactor and compressor
  • FEM: temperature and pressure
  • Research suppliers / manufacturers / industrial design experts

Experimenting / Testing (build stuff)

  • Build a reactor based on literature descriptions
  • Research influence of different catalysts
  • Full system run: check methanol quality and system efficiency

Personal Skills

Process & Energy Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Industrial Design

Software Skills

Matlab
COCO Simulator / Aspen
Fusion 360 / Solid Works

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