High-Throughput Investigation of Catalysts for JP-8 Fuel Cracking to Liquefied Petroleum Gas

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Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering


Portable power technologies for military applications necessitate the production of fuels similar to LPG from existing feedstocks. Catalytic cracking of military jet fuel to form a mixture of C2–C4 hydrocarbons was investigated using high-throughput experimentation. Cracking experiments were performed in a gas-phase, 16-sample high-throughput reactor. Zeolite ZSM-5 catalysts with low Si/Al ratios (≤25) demonstrated the highest production of C2–C4 hydrocarbons at moderate reaction temperatures (623–823 K). ZSM-5 catalysts were optimized for JP-8 cracking activity to LPG through varying reaction temperature and framework Si/Al ratio. The reducing atmosphere required during catalytic cracking resulted in coking of the catalyst and a commensurate decrease in conversion rate. Rare earth metal promoters for ZSM-5 catalysts were screened to reduce coking deactivation rates, while noble metal promoters reduced onset temperatures for coke burnoff regeneration.

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Bedenbaugh, E.J., Kim, S., Sasmaz, E., Lauterbach, A.J. (2013). High-Throughput Screening of Catalytic Materials for JP-8 Fuel Cracking to Liquefied Petroleum Gas. ACS Combinatorial Science, 15(9), 491-497.


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