Astronomy & Space Sciences

Title :

Modeling and simulation of microchannel reactor for Sabatier reactionfor methane synthesis from carbondioxide

Area of research :

Astronomy & Space Sciences

Focus area :

Interplanetary Missions and Process Engineering

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Executive Summary :

In the view of Mars exploration missions and human space missions, Sabatier reaction plays a vital role in order to convert the carbon-dioxide into the useful products. Sabatier reaction involves the methanation reaction of CO2 using hydrogen to produce methane and water. For human spacecraft, CO2 removal from the crew-cabin is accomplished by engaging the catalytic reactor. In the same way, CO2 from the Mars atmosphere shall be converted to the propellant - methane (CH4) as a concept of in-situ resource utilization. In the view of space qualified product development, it requires a compact and light weight catalytic reactor to convert the CO2 into the useful methane and water. One of the viable options shall be the micro-channeled reactor and in order to configure the light weight and compact system which needs a fundamental research on the modeling and simulation of micro reactor for efficient operation of the methanation process.


Dr. Ganesh P, ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC), Mahendragir

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