Prototype reactor simulation for on-board use of hydrogen in a hybrid MTH (methylcyclohexane-toluene-hydrogen)-gasoline system and a simplified dynamic modeling for the startup

Muhammad R. Usman, David L. Cresswell

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A novel reactor-heat exchanger system has been proposed and simulated for the use of hydrogen in an internal combustion engine based on methylcyclohexane-toluene-hydrogen (MTH) system. A 1200. cc engine capable of producing 66.2. kW is chosen and the performance of the prototype system is studied for a hybrid MTH-gasoline system. The effects of parameters such as flow direction (cocurrent and countercurrent), inlet exhaust gas temperature, number and size of catalyst tubes, number of fins, catalyst activity and catalyst deactivation, and an appropriate material of construction (MoC) are studied in order to find out the best combination of design and operation of the prototype. Moreover, dynamic modeling of the system is carried out to estimate the time required for the cold startup of the hybrid MTH-gasoline system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-138
Number of pages14
JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • Dynamic modeling
  • Hydrogen storage
  • MTH system
  • Organic hydride
  • Reactor simulation
  • Rector-heat exchanger

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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